When asked, “What gets you up in the morning?” Matthew’s answer is simple, “A desire to help people live out their faith in practical ways today. Oh, and also my family. My three kids get up early and want breakfast!” Matthew is a husband, dad, and the pastor at Westminster Church in Barrie Ontario.
In this episode we talk about burnout, cycling, and practices for health.
Welcome to episode 8 of the Young Church Leaders Podcast with Grant Vissers!
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Westminster Presbyterian Church – http://westminsterpc.ca
Matthew’s Personal Site – https://matthewruttan.com
The Up Devo – https://theupdevo.com
Takeaways from the Episode
1. Catalog Your Ideas
In this day and age when you are so busy it is easy to lose your good ideas. Whether you are at work, with your family, or driving in the car you need an easy way to record and catalog your ideas so they can be accessed later when you are not so busy. This creates a content library that makes creativity later on a lot easier.
2. It’s Ok to Be Broken
We all come to places in life where we realize that we are doing too much. If you get to a place where you have burned out, surround yourself with community. But hopefully you surround yourself with community now before you come to a place where you have burned out. Part of community is getting people to pray for you regularly, and especially when you’re going through a burnout season.
3. Stay Healthy
In all seasons, but especially in the midst of burnout, it is so important to stay physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy. Working out, staying active, reading your bible, praying, and seeking professional help should always be open options. Pursue Jesus as hard as you can when you feel far from him. Prayer should always be your first resort, but there is no shame in seeking medical help depending on the situation.
4. Practical Steps to Stay Spiritually Healthy
Love your enemies by praying for them by name. Practice integrity when no one is watching. Always be reading the psalms. Listen to worship music as a way to focus on what’s important. Fasting is giving up anything (not just food) and to focus on what God wants to say to you.
5. Never Settle
Moderation is always a good thing except when it comes to your faith. Always be looking for something more and something greater. When we look at Jesus we don’t see a “balanced” faith, we see an active passion for something greater. Always remember what’s at stake and why you got into ministry in the first place.
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Join us next time on the Young Church Leaders Podcast with Grant Vissers. In episode 9 we talk to Adam Weber.