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Pastoral Care V2 with Brandon Upton | SMC Podcast | Episode 143

Feb 29, 2024 | Burnout, Counseling, Loneliness, Mental Health, Personal Life, Podcast, Relationships, Spiritual Health

Welcome to this week’s episode where David sits down with Brandon Upton to talk about the importance of understanding mental health and utilizing self-care when it comes to ministry.

Whether you are a young or old youth pastor, we would love for you to listen in and see what is talked about in today’s episode and we would also love to hear from you! What is your tidbit of advice that you would add to the conversation?

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Show Notes

“If you don’t make time for wellness you will make time for illness.”

1.) We have to be honest with ourselves. Find 3-5 people that you can be unapologetically you. Too often we think we need to shoulder the burden alone. Matthew 11:28-30

2.) Be honest with your leadership team. Shoulder the church together.

3.) Be rooted. Be present. The greatest gift we can give our people is our time. Give yourself permission to live in the moment, and allow yourself to experience the present moment.

4.) Establish realistic boundaries. What falls outside of your gifts and your role, and delegate out the rest.

5.) Learn the value of saying no. There are so many good things, but not all of them are possible for you to take on. You can only take on so much.

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer

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