This blog post has been rolling around my in head since the end of April. Time to write it down.
One of my professors at school, Dr. Hess, spoke to our ministry formation group in April and talked about Practices of Play.
Pastoral self-sacrifice is a misread. Does every leader need to do? No. There’s a difference in dying to self vs. dying to our delight.
Why do so many pastors lose the light in their eyes as years in a church go on?
Are we looking for spontaneity and life where life wasn’t expected?
It’s our job to pay attention to our delight. What makes our heart sing?
Her suggested practices of play…
Get your head & body out of your primary environment for 1 hour each week
Feed your inner artist
Go to a bakery, walk in a park downtown, visit a toy shop, coffee shop
Do this by yourself
Some call it a date with God
Listen and receive
First thing in the morning
Write 3 pages in a notebook
Can be about anything
It quiets your mind
Give it 20-30 minutes
Be in a listening stance
Keep finding new hobbies – who cares if you don’t follow through – mix it up
Pastors especially need hobbies that give life
A suggested exercise: Ask a group of people to list 20 things they love to do that have nothing to do with church – many people can’t think of very much
Most leaders don’t know who they are apart from the church (exercise also helpful for parents about to be empty-nesters – don’t know who they are apart from children)
We enjoy the hobbies > share with others > becomes part of our work > becomes routine > we get out of balance > have to choose a new hobby
Tomorrow I’ll post my bliss list. Ten things that I absolutely love to do that have nothing to do with church.