Category Archive: recharge

Fill Her Up???


Hey Friends,

Many of you have never heard these words. You are too young. Years ago there was no self-service gas station. You pulled up to the pump, rolled your window down and the attendant asked, “Fill her up?” “Check your oil and tires?” Washing your windshield was automatic. Ah…the good ol’ days!

How do you fill up your soul, spirit, and heart?  Just as your car has to have gas, your heart needs it also. You have to know how to fill her up.

I am writing this blog in Sydney @hillsongconf2012. This feeds my soul. It sparks vision and new dreams.  It revives me. I go to several conferences annually to keep my tank full.

What do you do?  If you do nothing then you’ll end up on the side of the road, burned out and empty. No one can keep giving out and not get filled. Even Jesus knew how to fill His tank after giving of Himself to the masses.

Some of the things I do:

  • Protect my quiet time daily
  • Read and continue to grow
  • Go to conferences
  • Listen to great preaching
  • Hang with positive visionaries
  • Protect the Sabbath
  • Not preach every weekend

These are some of my disciplines. What do you do? I would love to hear new ideas.

Let’s stay sharp for our Savior.

Here to help!

Love ya,

Pastor Chris


Leaders Must Unplug!

Hey Friends,

How often do you unplug? Jesus unplugged regularly and so should we. It seems to me that the more stressful your position, the more often you need to unplug. I made a serious error in scheduling this year. Our Executive Pastor, Josh, pointed out to me at mid-year that I had not scheduled any weekends off this year. OVERSIGHT!

None of us are irreplaceable. If you don’t unplug some you will get to see early how replaceable you are. Just as the Lord gave us the Sabbath to rest, He gave us orders to pull away from the front line for R & R. As leaders in the Kingdom, we are often giving to many that have an endless list of needs and hurts. The line of ministry will not end this side of heaven. You cannot help everyone, but if you don’t take care of yourself you won’t be able to help anyone.

How do you unplug?

Do you have any hobbies?

How often do you schedule time off?

Are you raising up any other leaders?

As I write this blog I am at a car show with my son, @ZacStephens, in Pennsylvania. We both enjoy Corvettes and we are loving the show. This is an annual event we share. Also with us are some great friends. This recharges my batteries. Having fun or just a change of pace helps us unplug.

I love the ministry and love to preach, and yet without unplugging I will get stale and tired. Burnout doesn’t happen to those who unplug. Do you?

If you were to take a day off, what would you do? Who would you spend it with? How do you recharge your battery? We must all know ourselves so we can maximize ministry. What would that look like in you?

Just a thought while viewing the Vettes…

Pastor Chris