Preaching Mistake #397

Tomorrow will be my sixteenth straight Sunday preaching.  This will be the first and hopefully last time I’m doing this.  Trust me, there’s nothing heroic about going four months straight in the pulpit (not that we actually have a pulpit, but you know what I mean).  I’ve gotten myself worn down, and in the process have shorted the people at CrossWay.

There are several reasons I’ve made this mistake.  The biggest is probably inexperience.  Well, that and hardheadedness–I’ve been warned not to go too long without a break, but like usual I’m having to learn from experience.  The other three factors:

(1) I love preaching.  It’s my God-given passion.

(2) We’ve been in this “Creed” series, and I think I’ve been trying to crank it out so we’d be past the halfway point by Christmas.  (The series is actually taking a different turn, which I’ll explain later.)

(3) There was a period of time late in the summer when I didn’t preach for four out of six weeks.  I guess I felt guilty about that and tried to make up for it.  Being new at a church, I didn’t want to give the impression that I was going to be a slacker preacher.  Instead I’ve become a foolish one!

Just for the record, the church has never put any kind of expectation on me to try to be some kind of Preacher Iron Man.  In fact, at every Worship Planning meeting they remind me that I can take a break any time.

In planning for 2008, I’ve built in some breaks in the preaching schedule.  In fact, today I revised it so that there are several back-to-back weeks when I’m not preaching.  These times will prove extremely valuable for getting refreshed and prepared for the next round.

Meanwhile, I plan on doing some intense relaxing during the Christmas holidays.  One of our church members, Norm, is a retired preacher.  He’s delivering the sermon on December 30.  Then I jump back in for another nine weeks.  I’m sure the one-week break will prove very beneficial, but preaching 25 out of 26 weeks isn’t too smart either.  But like I said, I’ve learned from my mistakes and will do a better job of planning in the future.

Published in: on December 22, 2007 at 6:02 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Dude… try 23 WEEKS STRAIGHT!! Between May and half of October, that’s what I did… pretty foolish! Get some rest soon, buddy! 😉

  2. Wow, I can’t even imagine! Especially considering everything else involved in church planting. Did it take the pneumonia to force you to rest?

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