April Yamasaki is lead pastor of Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Her most recent book is Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal (Herald, 2013). Her blog is part of the CCblogs network.
I serve my congregation as lead pastor, having grown from not at all thinking about pastoral ministry to being called and curious, and now having been in ministry for over 20 years. From my initial call to ordination to increasing responsibility with other staff, I feel as if my church has been one step ahead of me, more ready for me to take on leadership than I envisioned for myself.
At a church leaders' retreat last month, we talked about having an I don't do list as a way of making time for sacred pauses in life and ministry. The things we don't do make it possible to do some other things. The things we say No to allow us to say Yes to other things.
So one pastor said, "I don’t answer the phone at home after 8 p.m."