After preaching on Sunday, anyone have the Monday "blues?"

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Steven L. Spencer | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Dec 18 2010 9:14 PM

In all the 30 plus years I have preached, Sunday highs are met by Monday lows--often times severe.  Just wondering if other preachers go through this experience. And if you have found something that makes Monday's easier to bear with.

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Blair Laird | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 18 2010 10:58 PM

I have not ran into that, of course you have been preaching longer then I have been here Big Smile. You could always try watching Joel Olesteen on mondays Indifferent just don't try to count the blinks Huh?. Just kidding... Mondays are usually rush, rush for me... Come Sunday, and Friday is when I get battles..

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Wes Saad | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 18 2010 11:09 PM

Steven L. Spencer:

In all the 30 plus years I have preached, Sunday highs are met by Monday lows--often times severe.  Just wondering if other preachers go through this experience. And if you have found something that makes Monday's easier to bear with.

I like to get a head start on things so my Monday blues usually start sometime between the morning and evening services on Sunday.

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Rich DeRuiter | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 18 2010 11:41 PM

Steven L. Spencer:

In all the 30 plus years I have preached, Sunday highs are met by Monday lows--often times severe.  Just wondering if other preachers go through this experience. And if you have found something that makes Monday's easier to bear with.

I've only got 24 years under my belt, but I can still say "Yes." Sometimes it doesn't take until Monday. There have been Sunday afternoons and evenings where I really wondered who I thought I was fooling. I've usually realized that this was the voice of the enemy trying to undermine what God was doing through this earthen vessel. But there's some 'flesh' involved in this too: I poured out my heart on Sunday, but the world (or at least this church) didn't change. Kind of arrogant, I know, but my flesh can be like that.

I make Monday my day off. I found early on that I couldn't get much done anyway on Monday.

After pouring out on Sunday, it's good to get refilled on Mondays. This includes recreation (re-creation), quiet, hobbies (for me playing guitar), family, sleeping in, cooking something special, and generally just making the day-off a good, refreshing day. I need to stop, disengage, take a break, and trust that God can do without me for a day. I try to avoid all ministry (if possible) and let everyone know that. I also do my best to keep from criticizing my Sunday until at least Tuesday. Other folks can take notes and get back to me later.

Another key is to focus on what went well before considering what might have gone better. I tend to focus on fixing what's broken, more than capitalizing on what isn't. So I push the pendulum in the other direction, and start with the positive. In fact, building on the positive tends to  be more productive than fixing the negative anyway. Of course, I'm making the assumption that what went well was what God did, more than what I, in my flesh, could accomplish.

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Tom Blanchard | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 18 2010 11:42 PM

Steven L. Spencer:

In all the 30 plus years I have preached, Sunday highs are met by Monday lows--often times severe.  Just wondering if other preachers go through this experience. And if you have found something that makes Monday's easier to bear with.

In 30 plus years like yourself, Steven, I've frequently found Mondays, sometimes even Tuesdays, to be very black. Part of it is just me and the way I'm wired. But we do get pretty emotionally, and sometimes spiritually, empty. A bricklayer can see what he's accomplished. We can't. But we have the Lord's promises to bless His Word, in His timing and in His way.

As for something helpful on Monday, I find non-ministry reading and good music to be refreshing, with a walk or a run later. An older colleague also suggested an excellent idea, that I have frequently used: a wastebasket... for tossing your letter of resignation.

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Friedrich | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 19 2010 2:29 AM

nice reflection, Richard.  thank you for your transparency.

 

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Randall Hartman | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 19 2010 3:41 AM

After about 10 years into ministry I stopped taking Monday off and switched to Friday.  I realized that was always the day I felt the worse all week.  Why ruin my day off by taking it on a day when I knew I would feel terrible?  (There were some Mondays that I had a killer headache so bad all I could do was sit in a room.)  So now on Monday I do low level energy things: answer email, paperwork, buy Logos books, stare at the wall.  For the past 15 years I have enjoyed my day off.  My advice is to never take Monday off!

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Carmen Gauvin-O'Donnell | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 19 2010 4:04 AM

Hey everyone! What a fascinating question/topic! I must ask my pastor that if I think of it....

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Robert Pavich | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 19 2010 4:54 AM

Can I just say something though I'm not a Pastor?

I thank God for men like you who do the hard work of bringing God's word to us pewsitters week in and week out...and if we seem like we aren't changed...be sure that some are....

I appreciate all of the Pastor's I've had and those here on the forum who provide this labor of love...

 

Thank you very much everyone.

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Dr. Charles A. Wootten | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 19 2010 5:19 AM

Richard DeRuiter:
There have been Sunday afternoons and evenings where I really wondered who I thought I was fooling. I've usually realized that this was the voice of the enemy trying to undermine what God was doing through this earthen vessel.

This is the living truth, Richard! Whenever I do a really, really good lesson and hear the most amazing things pass my lips, then when everyone is gone I drop into something resembling depression. In lessons like that I know that everyone can see right through me and that everything I do is a sham.  My wife says that when the anointing hits, God takes over for that time, but our human self can't maintain that plateau. It takes awhile to "return to planet earth." You are correct when you say it is the voice of the enemy because during the downtime we are at our weakest. But, did you ever notice that the enemy never really gets through?!

My lessons are usually 90-120 minutes long, 5-6 times per week, so on a good week "when God takes over," by the end I'm physically and mentally exhausted. But when it is time to do it again I am up and running looking forward to "see what God is going to do next." Whenever I do an all-day session Margaret has to drive me home because I'm in such a funk.

The bottom line: my experience shows the deeper the depression the better we allowed God to work through us. And I look forward to that.

God bless

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Alan Macgregor | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 19 2010 5:24 AM

Richard DeRuiter:
I make Monday my day off. I found early on that I couldn't get much done anyway on Monday.

Ditto.

I was also given a good piece of advice from an experienced pastor some years ago. "Don't try to do God's work for Him; you won't be any good at it! Do waht God has called you to do."

Faithfulness is my business in preaching; fruitfulness is His business!

Isaiah 55:10-12, NIV)

My battles are usually on Saturday.

 

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Kaye Anderson | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 19 2010 5:25 AM

This is interesting to me.  I never realized this was the case, being a lay person.  I agree with Robert and thank you for the burden you bear on our behalf.  What you say when you preach from the Word in the Spirit does bear fruit in God's time.  I know you are doing right.  Otherwise, why would the enemy try to discourage you?

Peace and a blessed Christmas week!

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Steve Johnson | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 19 2010 5:30 AM

What a great topic, Steven. Mondays can be rough. I take them off, and if emergencies pile up on that day, I'll occasionally even take a different day off that week to "make up."  My favorite pastime on Mondays is being a bum. My wife is super encouraging: she tries to do chores like laundry and shopping on the weekend so I will be free to go to the lake, or just sit on the couch.

Then there is the other "dark day:" Saturday evenings. Often times sermons aren't ready yet, and I am working at my desk from after supper until after midnight, then up at 6:30 Sunday to run through them one more time.  I have a Billy Graham quote taped to my desk:

"The work of preaching is and must be a spiritual exercise.  God forbid that it should be anything else.  And there are times when the Spirit gives utterance I neither prepared nor intended.  But much of the work of preaching is a struggle: wrestling with ideas and concepts; praying, seeking, studying.  It is all the Spirit’s work.  The travailing as well as the delivery."

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Dan Pogue | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 19 2010 5:41 AM

     I really appreciate all the open transparency of your responses!  I am not a Pastor and only preach when called to...In the the years that I have been allowed to share God's Word, there have been times when I told myself that I would never step into the pulpit again...then a phone call comes for me to preach somewhere...yep...you got it...I am there preaching!  God's grace is so magnificant!  Thanks for all you diligent Pastors who are there faithfully studying preaching God's Word every Sunday!

Blessings,

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Ron Corbett | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 19 2010 5:57 AM

Steven,

I appreciate your asking this - it is not always easy to talk about things so close to home. You have already gotten some helpful responses (and I suspect there are more on the way) but I will add my 2cents.

I lead a Messianic Jewish Congregation, so for me, for the past 22 years, Monday comes a day early - on Sunday. Like Richard, I am a musician, so I need to keep up with my instruments and that helps. Sometimes we have scheduled light activities and that keeps my mind on more mundane (less challenging) things. During football season ... but all year learning (and spiritually re-fueling) with Logos is a big help.

I can't really put my finger on what makes some of these blue and others "just another day" or even a great day. The ministry is a place of great blessing and fulfillment and at the same time there are many uncertainties that can challenge us to the core. I do know that for preachers it is important to have extra guard up at times when we are tired / drained. I too (like Garrett and I'm sure many others) have been very often prone to headaches when I am gearing up or winding down.

I can tell you one change I made that does seem to help. After what I thought were great services, my incredibly insightful and perceptive wife would "fill me in" on all that I missed (and that was alot). Some weeks I would get into my car feeling like we were on the road to growth and blessing but by the time we got home I wondered if we would still have a Congregation next week (embarassing but true). In the past few years I have asked her to wait a while before "sharing" and this usually works. We have also been making an effort to talk about what went well before tackling the "issues". Believe it or not it has helped to be able to spend some time enjoying what the Lord did and enjoying the testimonies of lives changing. I know I am not the answer to everybody's problems but a small part and as I have learned to live with that I have less stress to deal with. And I really do take some comfort in the fact that by His grace all I am doing is making a difference in the lives of the sheep.Some time after service, I try to take time to offer a prayer of thanksgiving for all He is doing that day - being as specific and as comprehensive as I can.

One last thing. Avoiding tackling issues only adds stress. I find that when I take the time, trust the Lord and deal with things in as timely a fashion as I am capable of (and I am a classic ruminator) I have less hanging over my head. This fact alone reduces some of the pressure that I have time to feel on the day after. It doesn't totally change the symptoms after the mental, spiritual and emotional high of gearing up and giving out during our service; but there can be less clutter, less crowding in on me at these low times. It helps. Also, taking something away from service is as important for me as it is for my (I mean, His) sheep.Even something small like, "The Lord is my light and my salvation" can help to sustain my spirit and ease the effect of the slow-down side of ministry. 

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 19 2010 6:06 AM

I'm not a pastor, but I do preach a couple of times a year. After the service, I'm usually pretty wiped and go home to take a nap. But I do not analyze my sermon or what went well, what went wrong. I don't ever listen to it (we record all our services, so I could if I wanted to). I've done my work, and I leave the working it out in people's lives in God's hands. That way I don't take any credit or blame for it. I don't feel any Monday blues. I get back to my normal life pretty quickly. I imagine that might be hard to do if I were doing this week in week out, though. And it's quite possible that since I never do a follow-up analysis of my sermons, I'm not getting any better. So I'm not necessarily recommending my strategy. But I do think it's helpful for me not to get too caught up in how "good" I am at preaching. That isn't the point, and I'm the type that could easily become full of myself if I thought I were good at it. I'm glad I don't feel that I am particularly good or bad at it and don't really think much about that. I do think about whether I was well enough prepared, because that is in my control and there's no excuse for me not to be well prepared, and sometimes I'm not, which I do regret.

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ton verdam | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 19 2010 7:23 AM

25 or so years ago I read this advice in Readers Digest:

A woman asked Sherezade advice because her husband was a pastor/preacher and on mondays he really needed to fullfill his "marriage - conjugal duties".

But mondays was her laundery day. Her question was: "what to do now?".

Sherezade's answer? "Do your laundery on tuesdays...."  

It may make the mondays easier to bear with... Hmm

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Bill Anderson | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 19 2010 7:46 AM

Steven,

Thank you for bringing this up. I was a church planter for ten years and yes, I suffered from post-sermon depression. For me, it would start on Sunday right after all of my responsibilities were complete. That meant as early as 1:00 p.m. and as late as 8:00 p.m. depending upon if my church had a Sunday evening service.

After I left the ministry I discovered I was not alone; I found out that there were other pastors who suffered similarly. Many of us beat ourselves up for feeling this way.

I came to see it as a part of my temperament along with the fact that I was bringing God's word to my people. I would remember how Jeremiah and other prophets literally got sick from being a prophet. Now, in my opinion,  today's pastors are not organs of revelation, like the prophets were. But still, we do bring the word of God to our flocks.

Now, I think about my pastor on Sunday. I am grateful for all he does to bring us the word. It takes a lot to stand in the pulpit.

We have the message of the gospel in jars of clay.

Grace,

Bill

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Bohuslav Wojnar | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 19 2010 10:33 AM

Alan Macgregor:

Richard DeRuiter:
I make Monday my day off. I found early on that I couldn't get much done anyway on Monday.

Ditto.

I was also given a good piece of advice from an experienced pastor some years ago. "Don't try to do God's work for Him; you won't be any good at it! Do waht God has called you to do."

Faithfulness is my business in preaching; fruitfulness is His business!

Isaiah 55:10-12, NIV)

My battles are usually on Saturday.

 

Richard, Alan, you said it really well.

My most vulnerable day is not Monday, it is Saturday. Monday is day-off for me, if possible (my wife loves it, I work in the garden... Smile). The change of gear really helps. After 20 years of preaching to the same church I stopped judging myself, just trust the Lord. The fruit sometimes comes in a very surprising way and surprising time.

     "The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
      but the victory belongs to the LORD."       (ESV, Pr 21:31)

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Randall Hartman | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 19 2010 11:37 AM

I think there is a name for this: "post adrenaline depression."  It is the somewhat natural reaction when the adrenaline subsides.

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