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February 12, 2012

It’s Not Just in Your Head

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Written by: Tony McCollum

Pastors, I want to tell you that the tiredness you feel on Sunday nights is not just in your head.

I used to teach technical classes for Microsoft and in those classes I would typically teach 5+ hours a day for a solid work week.  I would also lead labs and discussions for an additional 3 hours on those days.  Folks, we’re talking about teaching 25+ hours in a week teaching plus 15 hours of leading labs.  When the classes were over I would be so incredibly tired.  As tired as I was though, it doesn’t even begin to compare to what I feel on Sunday nights after preaching and teaching.

There’s just something uniquely demanding and completely draining about preaching

There’s just something uniquely demanding and completely draining about preaching and teaching that’s beyond the normal energy spent teaching a class or leading a group.  I think it’s largely because you’re expending physical, emotional, relational, mental and spiritual energy all at once.  Of course, there’s also a spiritual warfare element at play.

Preaching is truly a unique experience and the “holy hangover” that results afterwards is equally unique.  It’s hard to explain it to anyone that hasn’t experienced it.

Adding services to the mix, in my experience, seems to impact my mind and body exponentially.  In other words, more services means a lot more hangover.

Regardless, just know that though others may not understand it or even question it, I’m convinced that the holy hangover is very real and the only solution I know is lots of rest.

So, go get some rest right now.  If you preached this morning, you deserve it.

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About the Author

Tony McCollum
I'm the senior pastor of Fusion Church. I've been in the ministry for over 20 years. I'm also the founder of many sites such as, and Most importantly, I like ice cream.



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