5 Signs a Pastor Needs to Take a Sunday Off

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Here are five signs you’ve moved away from rest in Jesus. Take a Sunday off if you find yourself somewhere in this mix. 


In my experience, most pastors get a D- in the rest category. In a recent episode of “The Glass House” podcast, David and Caron Loveless touched on an issue that’s especially prevalent among church leaders: the “arrogance of capacity.”

The arrogance of capacity, as the Lovelesses define it, is “not paying attention to the actual limitations of what our souls and physical bodies can handle.” We plow on through the hard things without pausing to rest and recharge in Jesus. We ignore clues our bodies give us. And over time, it creates a level of exhaustion and stress that’s not sustainable.

According to Lifeway Research, 64% of pastors say they need to consistently take a sabbath, and 55% indicated they need to more effectively avoid overcommitment and overwork.

Here are five signs you’ve moved away from rest in Jesus to fear of failure and arrogance of capacity. Take a Sunday off if you find yourself somewhere in this mix.

1. You pretend you don’t need sleep

This comes in one of two forms. You either rise ridiculously early to get ahead in the game or burn the midnight oil, powering through emails or sermons. Living your life like it’s finals week may be necessary sometimes, but the long-term effects are destructive. God designed our batteries to need a full recharge—to get daily rest from the work.

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