Plato on Leadership: Go out and play.

Plato said, “You can learn more about a man in an hour of play than in a year of contemplation.” So…here’s a guy who was coached by Socrates and had a student of his own by the name of Aristotle who says, “If you want to get to know someone, go out and play.” I’m trying to imagine Plato playing.

Do you ever to out and play? What do you do for fun? Do you have a hobby? It’s not good when our whole world revolves solely around the church. Someone once said, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” When we as pastors have no interests outside of the church we become dull…dull in our souls.

Every pastor should take two days off a week. We all need time for rest, soul-care, and play. If you’re too busy to take two days off then you’re too busy.

Now Sunday is a work day but not part of your work week. It’s possible to have a four day work week and still stay on top of all your responsibilities. It really is. Start with these five steps: decide, delegate, determine, develop, and defend.

Decide that you will take two days off a week, not counting Sunday. Make the decision and don’t look back. Delegate as many of your current responsibilities as needed in order to make this work. Determine which two days a week you’ll take off. Develop a calendar that you can follow that will help you stay on top of things. Finally, Defend you days off with a stubbornness that will not be moved.

If you would like to talk more about how to make this work why don’t we arrange a phone call? I’d love to share with you how I’ve helped pastors like yourself find time for rest, soul-care, and play. For a free, no obligation 45 min. phone appointment email me. Let’s talk.

dave@smallchurchpastor.com

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