Presentation on theme: "Priority One: The Leader’s Soul “Physicians of the Soul”"— Presentation transcript:
Priority One: The Leader’s Soul “Physicians of the Soul”
I believe I am in need of some soul care. I know we all struggle with different issues in ministry from time to time. I certainly do. But I think some of my issues have been piling up so much so that I am at a point where I'm ready to throw in the “ministry towel.” I really don't want to continue serving unless God changes my heart.
I think that is what all the issues I'm struggling with stem from -- my heart condition. I don't know how to heal/fix/mend it myself… My Wife/husband has been telling me that I need to find a "spiritual director.” … Can you steer me to someone who can help me sift through the mess my heart is in right now?
“I feel like I am an ATM – I am being hit up for withdrawals constantly, very few people make a deposit… Very few people understand these demands and the importance of disen- gagement from ministry to care for my own soul.”
Recognizing the Symptoms of Soul Neglect What type of stuff shows up when you are running on empty? 1. 2. 3. 4.
Ministry and Transformation Stage 1 The Converted Life Stage 2 The Discipled Life Stage 3 The Productive Life ---------- THE WALL ---------- Stage 4 The Inner Life Stage 5 The Effective Life
Caring For Your Soul Get In Touch With Your… Motives Pace
Questions to ponder… Do I suffer from hurry sickness?
Questions to ponder… Do I suffer from hurry sickness? How did Christ overcome hurry sickness?
Questions to ponder… Do I suffer from hurry sickness? How did Christ overcome hurry sickness? How do I develop the discipline of solitude?
Some Thoughts On Solitude… 1.You will make promises to practice solitude and then you will make up excuses when the time comes to follow through. 2.When you go away your spirit will feel upset. This is evidence of withdrawal from addiction. 3.Your mind will start to race with preoccupations rather than slow down. You will want to give up.
4. You will feel like you are wasting time. You may experience some guilt for feeling “lazy”. 5. You will have unrealistic expectations and wind up feeling disappointed. You might say, “Why don’t I feel like I met God?” 6. Unless you develop a pattern for solitude, you will never discover the value of this discipline.
Almighty God, in this quiet hour I seek communion with Thee. From the fret and fever of the day’s business, from the world’s discordant noises, from the praise and blame of men, from the confused thoughts and vain imaginations of my own heart, I would now turn aside and seek the quietness of Thy presence. All day long have I toiled and striven: But now in the stillness of heart and the clear light of Thine eternity I would ponder the pattern my life is weaving.
In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song; this Cornerstone, this solid Ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when strivings cease! My Comforter, my All in All, here in the love of Christ I stand
In Christ alone! Who took on flesh Fullness of God in helpless babe! This gift of love and righteousness Scorned by the ones he came to save: Till on that cross as Jesus died, The wrath of God was satisfied – For every sin on Him was laid; Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay Light of the world by darkness slain Then bursting forth in glorious Day Up from the grave he rose again! And as He stands in victory Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me, For I am His and He is mine – Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death, This is the power of Christ in me; From life’s first cry to final breath. Jesus commands my destiny. No power of hell, no scheme of man, Can ever pluck me from His hand; Till He returns or calls me home, Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.