Married and Replanting Episode 006: Rest Easy

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If you have spent even the shortest amount of time in church you have probably heard the story of creation. God carefully crafting each part of the universe day by day until finally, on the 7th and final day, he created rest. God didn’t need the rest. He didn’t need to stop doing the things He, the creator of EVERYTHING, did not and does not require the rest. He did it for us, his beloved people. We were created in HIS image and in that image we require rest and recharge.

Unfortunately, when you spend your life dedicated to vocational ministry rest is very hard to come by. Someone is always needing something at some point. There are sermons to write, ministries to oversee, phone calls to make, people to visit, meetings to attend…the list goes on and on. This is no less true when you consider a replanting and revitalization process. In fact, if you take into consideration the time split that is needed for a replant pastor, having one part of their time devoted to ministering to the congregation that is already there and needing healing and hope while devoting a good portion of their time developing community outreach opportunities to help engage and grow the church, there is so much more demand.

Nevertheless, rest is necessary. No one is good to anyone else if they are exhausted and worn down. Patience is tested more so than normal, anger flares up and words are less thought through when exhaustion is playing a role in the play. Feelings get hurt more easily and guilt piles on top of guilt for not doing the things we all feel we need to be doing.

This week we take some time to talk about the realities of needing rest, not knowing when or how to find that rest, and what we are doing to try and be more organized and diligent about fitting in all the things we are fitting in. Here’s an insider hint: We still aren’t very good at it. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t trying.

So grab a cup of coffee or tea, get a snack and join us in our conversation this week about finding rest in both ministry and marriage.

Ep. 015: Traditionally Speaking The Married and Replanting Podcast

Tradition is defined as "the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way." Some of these traditions are fun and have a wonderful meaning attached. Others happen simply out of circumstances years before and no one really knows why they take place. It is no secret that when new people are integrated into our lives it is hard to navigate how to honor the history while determining if the traditions that are passed on are healthy, effective, or necessary. This is true in ministry just as much as in marriage. This week Dusty and Elizabeth discuss some of the challenges to navigating how to handle old well loved traditions as well as attempt to establish new ones within a church replant/revitalization situation and when it comes to merging families in marriage, especially around the holiday season. Grab a cup of coffee and join us as we discuss some of the traditions we have taken part in within a church or ministry setting as well as with our family and how we have navigated fitting it all into the puzzle together. (Spoiler alert: We are still figuring it all out!) Have a question about church replanting, marriage, or just life in general? Want to share a comment about how we are doing or things you would like to hear on the podcast? Send us a message, leave a note on our social media feeds, or leave a rating and review and we would love to discuss the things that will most benefit you in your marriage and ministry.  Follow us on all our social media platforms to be sure you never miss a new episode.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarriedandReplantingTwitter: https://twitter.com/RpodcastM
  1. Ep. 015: Traditionally Speaking
  2. Ep. 014:Thick Skin Required
  3. Ep. 013: Raising Future Voters
  4. Ep. 012: What We Are Listening To
  5. Ep. 011: Lessons about Legacy from the New Mexico Baptist Convention Annual Meeting

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