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  1. good stuff, as always, Pastor Warren … I love the way you take what we “sort of” know and bring it into sharp focus

  2. Pastor Warren, or anyone of you who’s done it before. I would be interested in your thoughts on Bi-vocational ministry. How can one be effective in Tent making and also planting or pastoring a church? And also maintaining the energy levels.

  3. “At Saddleback… we really focus on adding more small groups and really pushing people to invite their unchurched friends to some big days.”

    Why does leadership need to coordinate this? Shouldn’t Christ be speaking to people personally? Perhaps one of the reasons for burnout is leaders imposing their vision on people and taking the place of the Holy Spirit.

  4. Oh, to have you as my senior pastor!

  5. I’m thankful for men like you Rick who are willing to stand up and say that ministry is not about going full steam ahead all day long, all year long, and all life long. I couldn’t agree more that if we want to have a good, healthy, life long ministry, there needs to be seasons of planned rest and rejuvenation. I’d be interested in hearing how you plan those times of rest and rejuvenation…

  6. This is good to read. I have heard that if the Holy Spirit is behind our work, we wouldn’t burn out. So I had end up thinking, “Am I doing this on my own strength or on the strength of the Holy Spirit?”