You’re Tired, and We Know It

Commander Bill Gunter —  March 23, 2011

You give of your time selflessly to reach the children with the love of Jesus each week and sometimes it is hard. We know it is hard for you, because it is hard for us in leadership at times as well.

Bi-Vocational pastors, like myself, work their FT jobs and minister what seems continually. Full-time staff are often at the church for up to 60 hours per week in ministry and administration so we understand tired and we know that you are as well.

You will have those rough days where you may not “feel” like going to church and serving. I often tell people during Awana trainings that if you have a rough day, then it will be a rough night of ministry. I want to give you some ideas to help you when you during those times you grow weary:

Jesus said, as recorded in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

When you are tired, or had a rough day, and you are preparing to minister to others, go to God in prayer and ask Him to give you strength and prepare your heart to serve. There are days when I have gone off to a secluded area of the church to prepare my heart before the children and leaders arrived because I had a rough day and I was not in the right attitude to serve. It does make a difference.

In Galatians 6:9 Paul writes, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Often in children’s ministry, we may not see the impact we have on a child’s life, but we must not grow tired, because you are having an impact and every now and then God will give you a glimpse of that.

Isaiah 40:31a – But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;

We all need to take a break. For me, it is usually when my body tells my to rest. Yes, usually when I get so ill that I’m not able to go serve. Don’t get to that point. If you need a day to rest, take it and don’t feel guilty about it. If you are physically exhausted, you will not be able to effectively minister to the children. Stay strong in the Lord in prayer and in His Word – He will give you strength as you rest in Him.

Share with your leadership when you are tired, they do understand.

Persevere in serving our Lord, know that you can go to Him for strength, but also make sure you have the physical rest you need.

Commander Bill Gunter

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Bill is the Associate Pastor of Children & Youth at Hanover Fellowship in Hanover, Pennsylvania where his responsibilities include caring for children and youth from birth through high school. Along with his responsibilities in the local church, Bill is very involved in the Awana ministry, serving on the ministry teams of local Awana missionaries, providing trainings, leading workshops and helping run regional events.

2 responses to You’re Tired, and We Know It

  1. Thanks for the encouragement Bill. I needed to hear it this morning.

  2. This was the exact timing that I needed. I just heard some teaching about the dangers of being poured out without being poured into. I have definitely been in that environment recently, and it’s not good. I’m grateful for reminders from teaching (like this article), from friends, and from the Holy Spirit Himself that draws me back to the most important thing — my relationship with Christ.

    I wrote about the need for community (http://differentway4kids.blogspot.com/2011/02/two-ordinary-joes-at-lunch.html) but I realize I haven’t put the effort into that that I’ve needed to.