Take Care of Yourself: Survive and Thrive in Christian Ministry
|by Pablo Martínez|
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Size: 4 1/4 x 7 inches
Pub Date: June 2018
Item Number: 071785
Categories: Christian Living
“They made me take care of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I neglected” (Song of Songs 1:6b)
Paul urged Timothy to learn this vital principle when he was still young. It contains one of the keys in Christian work: If someone in ministry is not all right, the quality of their ministry will be affected. In Christian ministries, it is easy to find workers who never think of themselves. While selflessness is a Christ-like trait, at times we can push ourselves too far, leading to the paradigm of stressed and burn out people. In order to love God and serve others, we often need to be still, take a rest, and be refreshed. Take Care of Yourself will help Christians find the balance between ministry and “monastery,” between the urgent work of service and the place of rest and restoration.
Caring for our own “vineyard,” the talents, gifts, and emotional resources of our personality, is not only a privilege but a duty. It is part of good stewardship, an act of obedience as disciples of Christ. Far from being a sign of a more spiritual attitude, neglecting our own needs can be a serious mistake and even a sin.
Pablo Martínez is a medical doctor and Psychiatrist working currently at a private practice in Barcelona. He ministers worldwide as a lecturer, counselor, and itinerant speaker. He served as the chairman of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (GBU) in Spain for eight years, as the chairman of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance for ten years (1999-2009), and has been Professor of Pastoral Psychology at the Spanish Theological Seminary for seven years. He is currently one of the leaders of the European Christian Counselors Network, a member of the Authorisation Team of the European Evangelical Alliance, and the current president in Spain of the “Ravi Zacharias Foundation for the Dialogue between Faith and Culture.” Dr. Martínez’s books appear in over fourteen languages and are widely read around the world. Pablo is married to Marta, also a medical doctor.