3 Ways to Recover from Christmas

Christmas is a super busy time for pastors and church leaders. All the services and activities and expectations can weigh on us and make us unproductive for a season. I try to counteract this by sticking to a quick and easy plan starting the day after Christmas until the start of the next year.

Here are the 3 principles that guide my thoughts and actions this time of year:


First, get some rest! This is super important as we go through this time of year. By the end of Christmas day I am tired and drained but there are a couple things I do to make sure I am resting: I try to be home with my family as much as possible, I try to personally connect with key people in leadership and influential positions in the church on a fun level and I make sure I am eating right and sleeping well.


Take this time of the year to genuinely reflect on your Christmas services, your performance and your congregation. Take the time to fall on your knees before God and pray for wisdom and guidance. True reflection is going to be extremely vital to any growth you have as a person and leader and any growth your congregation will experience in 2019.


This is a good a time as any to reset. Ending the holiday season and going into a new year gives you a natural barrier to look over and set goals for yourself and your congregation. If you have not done any long term sermon planning maybe consider sitting down and doing that as you start 2019.

What are you doing to recover from Christmas?

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Written by Joe Hoagland

Joe is a pastor at Rise Church in Marion, Oh. He is married to his awesome wife Jenna and they have one daughter Aryella.

He loves to lead people to Jesus and preach God's word.

You can often times find Joe hiking, camping, writing, reading, or enjoying technology.


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