Custom CSS of Section contains Conditional Preview for See Life Campaign Elements

Finding Balance in the Chaos that is Life

Share:
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on print
Share on email
Close up of a man’s lower pantlegs and his brown, casual leather shoes. Each foot is standing on a narrow, old, wood rail.
Many find it hard to balance life and ministry. There are steps you can take, both in your family and in your church, which can help you find the balance in the midst of the chaos that is life.

It’s a problem even the best pastors struggle with. How does a pastor or church leader balance being intentional with discipling his/her own family while leading a thriving church? For some of you reading this, this may even include a full-time job outside both the church and the home.

In our connected world, a pastor is called upon from every conceivable angle. From hospital visits, funeral preparations, meetings, community outreach, school work, and intimacy with the spouse, the calling owned by the pastor can be overwhelming. With all these distractions it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. Here are a few tips to keep that from becoming a reality in your context;

Work alongside, not against

Most of us are prone to think we have it all together. For those who are married, we praise God that He has provided a spouse who can see through our facades. In the context of ministry, your spouse is the strongest ally you will ever have. Do not neglect praying together, seeking the lives of the lost together, and being intentional to begin the discipleship process in your own home. 

We are joined together to those who often strengthen the weak parts of ourselves. That’s why we love them, right? They bring to the marriage and to the ministry a unique perspective that isn’t gained solely on one’s own. In every season, both the highs and lows, make sure you and your spouse are moving in the same direction.

Great leaders don’t lead alone

So you’re not married? Gather yourself together with the elders or leaders in your church in order to begin formulating a plan for doing ministry, and subsequently a large part of life, together. Don’t think that God has gifted you alone to run every ministry and program the church formulates. You can’t! Even if the days were longer and more of them filled the year, you can’t do it alone and you weren’t meant to. 

If you’re having a hard time finding people to lead with, train them. Bring them alongside you, and let them shadow you as you pour out yourself for the flock. Let them see the love you have for the people of God, the doctrine contained in the pages of the Bible which moves them to worship, and all the small things you do. It may ignite a passion in your congregation to begin to trend in the direction of organic leadership.

Don’t forget about the others

Remember, pastor, that you’re the one everyone is looking to for drive and strategy. Don’t forget about the volunteers running the children’s ministry or cleaning the bathrooms every weekend. The faithful men and women who, week in and week out, are cleaning up baby vomit and others garbage. Give them more opportunity to serve in areas they are passionate about. Give them a platform by which they can see that their voices are heard. 

There is likely a whole host of those serving, whether it be in a small group setting or a more official setting, who feel like they’ve been left out in the cold. These people are passionate about ministry and want to see the church grow and flourish in their community. Spend time getting to know them and grow them.  

Whether you’re in rural, USA or in the midst of a major city center you’re not meant to go it alone. It’s a fine balance, that of life and ministry, but you’ve been uniquely called and equipped to lead the people of God to the praise of His name. Give your flock a glimpse of what it means to lead well and they will want to lead well alongside you. 

If you need help finding balance, or simply want to speak to someone who knows what that tension feels like, we invite you to call our Pastoral Care Line at 1-844-4PASTOR. You can speak to one of our Pastoral Counselors who can testify to the weight that comes along with the call to ministry.

Dynamic CTA Template Below

Your Teen Needs You Most of All

No parent of teens is perfect and even the best can learn how to better connect with their son or daughter. Get practical action steps to better connect with your teenager in 8 Essential Tips for Parenting Your Teen in this FREE video series!

There Is Still Hope for Your Marriage

You may feel that there is no hope for your marriage and the hurt is too deep to restore the relationship and love that you once had. The truth is, your life and marriage can be better and stronger than it was before. In fact, thousands of marriages, situations as complex and painful as yours, have been transformed with the help of professionals who understand where you are right now and care deeply about you and your spouse’s future. You can restore and rebuild your marriage through a personalized, faith-based, intimate program called, Hope Restored.

There Is Still Hope for Your Marriage

You may feel that there is no hope for your marriage and the hurt is too deep to restore the relationship and love that you once had. The truth is, your life and marriage can be better and stronger than it was before. In fact, thousands of marriages, situations as complex and painful as yours, have been transformed with the help of professionals who understand where you are right now and care deeply about you and your spouse’s future. You can restore and rebuild your marriage through a personalized, faith-based, intimate program called, Hope Restored.

There Is Still Hope for Your Marriage

You may feel that there is no hope for your marriage and the hurt is too deep to restore the relationship and love that you once had. The truth is, your life and marriage can be better and stronger than it was before. In fact, thousands of marriages, situations as complex and painful as yours, have been transformed with the help of professionals who understand where you are right now and care deeply about you and your spouse’s future. You can restore and rebuild your marriage through a personalized, faith-based, intimate program called, Hope Restored.
Emerson-Eggerich4-840w

Understand How to Respect and Love your Son Well

Why doesn’t my son listen to me? Have you ever asked that question? The truth is, how you see your son and talk to him has a significant effect on how he thinks and acts. That’s why we want to help you. In fact, we’ve created a free five-part video series called “Recognizing Your Son’s Need for Respect” that will help you understand how showing respect, rather than shaming and badgering, will serve to motivate and guide your son.

Reconnected: The Digital Experience

Is the love there, but not the spark? Reawaken fun in your marriage and move from roommates to soulmates again with the help of this 7-part online video experience. Learn how to connect emotionally and spiritually as husband and wife using techniques such as dreaming together and establishing deep, heartfelt communication. The Digital Experience includes 7 teaching videos, an online study guide and access to additional tools and resources to help spouses reconnect.

Next Steps: Marriage Assessment

We want your marriage to be thriving and healthy. Take the free Marriage Assessment from Focus on the Family to learn how to strengthen your bond with your spouse and get the tools to help you need to grow closer together. 

Next Steps: Fruit of the Spirit Devotionals for Couples

The Fruit of the Spirit Devotional is a free series of nine short videos to get you into God’s Word and inspire you to seek the Holy Spirit’s help in loving your spouse.

Share:
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on print
Share on email

About the Author

Read More About:

You May Also Like

Play Video

Newest Release - Episode 5: It’s Going to be Amazing!

After a couple has chosen life, hear the heartwarming stories of children that culture would have cast aside, yet are making tremendous impacts in their communities. Whether the diagnosis was adverse or the circumstances were difficult, these stories will inspire you to come along side of families who have chosen life!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

see life episode 4 normal version

Please check back soon for an updated version of this episode!

Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

Hear real life stories of parents who have made the decision to choose life even though the circumstances were overwhelming. You’ll see why “ALL” life is precious to God and why choosing life is always the right decision!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

Play Video

Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

So, after all you’ve seen through the SeeLife ‘21 Episodic journey; what can you do now? We’ll share how you can partner with some amazing organizations that are making significant impacts in the pro-life movement! You want to Celebrate Life!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

Play Video

Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

Have you ever wondered what a baby looked like in the womb? With today’s technology, Moms and Dads can see the baby’s heartbeat, facial expressions, and movements! You’ll find out why more women choose life once they hear their baby’s heartbeat and realize it’s a real living human!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

Play Video

Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

Discover the amazing work our PRC’s Directors, Nurses, and Volunteers are making in their communities! You’ll see firsthand testimonies of a PRC in action, and that there are other options outside of abortions! You’ll also discover how your family can support your local PRC!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

Play Video

Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

In this episode, we will tackle tough questions like, “When does life begin?” and “What does the Bible
say about Life?” You’ll discover and understand the stages of pre-born life and that babies are more than
just a clump of cells!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!