Here is the final post, part five, of this series, Avoid Becoming the Pastor You Swore You’d Never Be. Here are the other four posts if you are interested, Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV. From the pages of The Unofficial United Methodist Handbook for Pastors, p. 25.
You are a person. (‘Fashion your life in accordance with [the] precepts [of the gospel of Jesus Christ]….) Putting “The Reverand” in front of your name does not remove you from the list of human beings. You eat, sleep, think of (and maybe act on) sex, get tired, and get bored.
- Be phony. You are holy only because Christ makes you holy. He – not we- is, after all, the perfecter of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2)
- Be one-dimensional. There’s more to life than church stuff. For example, what was the last book you read that had nothing do do with church? (This book, obviously, is an exception. Not only should you read it eagerly but you should also give copies to your 100 closet friends.)
- Have a life. That’s what Christ wants to give you abundantly (John 10:10b) That’s what Christ has freed you for. Know your family. Stay healthy.
- Relax. Play. Life is short.
- Find a time management tool that works for you. It might be a book, a program, or a persistent friend who will nag you to the glory of God.