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!


Show Notes

Guest Links

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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.

Quotes from this episode

How can we do something this week to build up His church? Click To Tweet

You are too busy to waste good ideas Click To Tweet

Just because you have a pulse doesn’t mean you are alive Click To Tweet

You can’t thrive if you are just trying to survive Click To Tweet

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Next Episode

Join us next time on the Young Church Leaders Podcast with Grant Vissers. In episode 9 we talk to Adam Weber.