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by Dave Bruskas
The Preacher’s Voice: Tension & Stress
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Stress Affects Your Message
Preachers encounter stress and this can profoundly affect the delivery of a clear message. Unrelenting stress is called hyper-stress, which is considered a type of stress that the human body cannot adjust to very easily. An example of hyper-stress in the Bible is when Scripture tells of Jesus Christ sweating drops of blood. His spirit, mind, and body were beyond the point of fatigue and in a traumatized hyper-stress state. Extreme tension and hyper-stress can eventually saturate every aspect of the preacher’s message and work. The preacher can become ineffective and exhausted. Astute listeners will recognize burnout stress by the tone of the preacher’s voice, body language, and overall appearance. Jesus Christ went to the Father for help. What should you do?
Tips For Handling Stress And Tension
- Recognize warning signs and listen to the counsel of trusted people if they tell you to slow down.
- Pray seeking direction and action for renewal and relief of extreme stress.
- Commit to properly caring for yourself and family (family life, diet, exercise, and relaxation).
- Set the tone for ministry; don’t let ministry set the tone (evolving at a steady pace is healthy).
- Set and keep priorities. Make sure that God and family are always the priority.
- Get quiet with God, putting away all electronic devices and tuning out all distractions.
- Be accountable to your staff and make known your need for time off.
- Trust your assistants to handle matters when you are at rest, even if they may not do it as perfectly as you.
- Know when to say no!
- Leave your worries behind and cast your anxieties on Jesus Christ.
Christ Will Restore You
I love the passage 1 Peter 5:1-11, as it outlines the most succinct guidelines to sustain a healthy preaching ministry:
“So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
God’s Spirit will comfort, direct, and defend you during times of extreme stress. Cast all your tension and stress on him, and you will experience the rest you need. Surely the preacher’s voice will resound through the noise, clutter, confusion, and suffering because Christ himself restores, confirms, strengthens and establishes you through it all. To be continued.