Managing Stress at Easter for Pastors

Managing stress at Easter can be challenging, especially for pastors and church staff at the forefront of sharing the Gospel message during this busy season.

Much like Christmas, Easter brings with it a flurry of activities and responsibilities, from organizing sunrise services and a special choir to accommodating the influx of guests and newcomers. 

However, there are strategies that can help alleviate stress and provide a more meaningful and enjoyable Easter season for congregation and church staff alike.

During our time at the Exponential Conference this year, we interviewed a few pastors and church staff to gain insight into how they manage stress during Easter. The responses we got varied, but one common theme emerged: the importance of balance. More specifically, balancing serious, practical practices with lighter, more enjoyable activities. So, here are 3 ways to a more balanced Easter season:

1. Spiritual Practices: Prayer, Silence & Solitude

Many of the pastors and church staff we spoke with emphasized the importance of prayer, silence, and solitude in managing stress. Taking time to pray and meditate on the significance of Christ’s death and resurrection can help center the mind and provide a sense of peace and clarity. Similarly, spending time in silence and solitude can offer a much-needed breather from the busyness of the season and allow for reflection and rejuvenation. 

As Dallas Willard once said, “Solitude well practiced will break the power of busyness, haste, isolation, and loneliness. You will see that the world is not on your shoulders after all. You will find yourself, and God will find you in new ways. Silence also brings Sabbath to you. It completes solitude, for without it you cannot be alone. Far from being a mere absence, silence allows the reality of God to stand in the midst of your life.” 

As pastors, it can be easy to believe the world is on our shoulders. The above practices can remind us that the Lord’s burden is, in fact, easy and light. Finding the time can be difficult, but incredibly worthwhile. 

2. Lighthearted Social Activities

In addition to these more serious practices, many also highlighted the importance of engaging in more lighthearted activities. Some mentioned watching a soccer game or grabbing tacos with friends as ways to unwind and recharge. These activities may seem simple, but they can have a significant impact on reducing stress and improving overall well-being. 

3. Prioritize Time with Family

Many pastors and church staff emphasized the importance of spending quality time with loved ones during this busy season. Whether it’s gathering for a special meal or simply enjoying each other’s company, prioritizing family time can help strengthen bonds and provide much-needed support during a hectic time.

After all, didn’t Jesus himself enjoy a good meal or two with friends and family on the regular?

Overall, managing stress at Easter requires a combination of serious practices and lighter activities. In the same way we at Parable want to ensure a church’s finances align with the church’s mission, we want the church’s pastors and staff to thrive in order to carry out that mission. By taking time to pray and reflect, engaging in activities that bring joy and relaxation, and prioritizing time with family, pastors and church staff can cultivate a more meaningful and less stressful Easter season.