Have you ever wondered how Carey Nieuwhof is a husband, and father, leads a church, writes a blog, hosts two podcasts, speaks internationally AND stays healthy? I asked him!
Welcome to episode 1 of the Young Church Leaders Podcast with Grant Vissers!
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3 Takeaways from the Episode
1. Abandon Balance and Pursue Passion
Carey brought up a great thought that, in order to pursue health and vibrance in all areas of life, you need to abandon balance and pursue passion. Rather than simply trying to balance your time and energy, how much better would it be to pursue everything you do with passion! Your work, your personal life, your family life, all pursued with passion. Inevitably, that means you will have to say no to some good things in order to say yes to the best things. Are you simply trying to balance your life or are you pursuing it with passion?
2. The Church Needs Innovators
I found this thought challenging, “The Church needs innovators.” How many of us look at what other churches are doing in order to figure out what we should be doing? According to Carey, the Church needs young leaders to be innovators. I don’t know about you, but I find that freeing. It means part of what we are called to is simply trying new things. Obviously you still have to be responsible, but how many new things have you tried lately?
3. What Can I do if I’m Burning Out?
We talked about burning in ministry and leadership. That’s a heavy topic. The truth is that ministry can be isolating but the bigger truth is that is doesn’t have to be! If you’re feeling isolated, alone, burnt out, depressed, or anxious here’s Carey’s number one next step: Talk to someone!
Talking to someone might feel like the hardest thing to do, but when you’re heart and your health are on the line it’s the best thing you can do. God’s in the business of healing and restoring broken people, and that includes leaders. But, you also have to do something about it. I’d encourage you to find someone in your life who can look out for your heart and your health and talk to them. It just might be the best thing you do today!
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Join us next time on the Young Church Leaders Podcast with Grant Vissers. In episode two with Josh Pezold, we talk about why he decided to start Youngchurchleaders.org in the first place and why we believe the heart matters so much.
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