This is one part of a much longer series of posts in an attempt to convince Pastors and other church leaders to be intentional about having multiple men serve as preachers in your church. And yes, I even mean the little churches that can’t afford to pay a full-time pastoral preaching team too. To start at the beginning, click here.
Reason #6: Because it creates rhythms of rest for me.
I struggle sometimes to trust simple things. Especially if it seems too easy. We live in a world where people often take advantage of others and if something seems too good to be true, wisdom and experience have taught us not to trust it. But is this the correct posture toward our God? Do we dare say that if it sounds too good to be true, that He must be waiting to pounce on our naivety? While we have every reason to believe that a post-Genesis 3 world would lie to us and cannot be trusted, surely our confidence in God’s character leads us to rest in His promises… Surely.
This leads me to believe that the things that He has called us to do and be are often far simpler than the methods and programs we usually try to create around those things. Whether that be the vocalized mission of the church or the style of our preaching, or a thousand others things in church life. We get worked up about evangelism methodologies and what a small group should be called so that people want join them— But the reality is that we get in our own heads about that stuff. While I would never advocate for the absence of intentionality, every one of those things would honestly be better off if we just stopped overthinking them. Could it be possible that every once in a while, our God is good enough to make the simplest thing the best thing?
I truly believe that this is also true of my preaching calendar.
I hope that I’ve established by now the benefits of raising up lay leaders within your church through the pulpit. I also hope that I’ve established my utter love for being the one in that pulpit. I adore preaching. And if God let’s me do it for the rest of my life, I will be absolutely ok with that. But even though I could never imagine doing anything else— and even though I thoroughly believe that God gives a supernatural strength to those He is using— I am also completely aware of the reality that I can burn out faster than I like to believe about myself.
There is a divine simplicity to regular rest. A simplicity that’s not just unwise to ignore— But actually sinful to ignore. We may come to different conclusions about how often and how long, but no one who is actually paying attention to the bible and to themselves would argue with me. We need rest. We need rest more often than we want to admit. We sometimes need someone to get in our face about it and to tell us to shut it down because, if it were left up to us, we’d just keep going. Some of you may even have a story or two to tell about the problems it caused when you failed to listen.
Brother pastor, by raising up lay leaders to preach on a regular basis, you are simultaneously organizing rhythms of rest into your life and ministry. The very thing that teaches your church to value the scriptures above your preaching style— The very thing that grows your current leaders and compels new leaders to step up is one of the things that God uses to keep you from burning out. It’s one of the things He uses to actually keep you serving Him longer.
In God’s goodness, He has made it far more simple than what we tend to make it out to be.
So, raise up someone else to preach every once in a while and then sit back and enjoy your week off. Then after that, get off your butt and work hard until the next time you get that chance to sit back and relax.