Richard Exley Ministries


WHAT TO DO, WHAT TO DELEGATE AND WHAT TO LET GO UNDONE
Posted on March 14, 2008

Several years ago while serving as the senior pastor of Christian Chapel I had a brush with burnout. For several years I had continued to add to my workload, taking on one new project after another. I was preaching five and six times a week, leading a Field Education reflection group at Oral Roberts Seminary, continuing a heavy counseling load, and hosting a live nationwide 90-minute, call-in radio program weekly. We were just completing a major building program at the church and on top of everything else; my father had open-heart surgery followed three weeks later by an emergency gall bladder operation.

Physically and emotionally, I was drained C more than I realized. By and large I managed to minister with surprising proficiency. On the inside, though, I was falling apart. My nerves were rubbed raw. I had no spiritual or emotional reserves left. I was tired, but there was no time to rest. I loved my work, but it was killing me. I felt trapped and hated that feeling, too.

My brother, Bob, and his wife came for a visit and I found myself sharing my pent-up feelings with him. With his help, I was able to make some important decisions, decisions that I have had to remake again and again over the years. First, I had to admit that I wasn't superman. I couldn't do it all. Then I had to decide what to do, what to delegate, and what to let go undone.

Category: Ministry

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