Rhythms of Rest for the Weary Shepherd

Let’s face it – many (if not most) pastors are just plain worn out. Why is this? Well, according to local pastor, author, and professor A. J. Swoboda, such weariness is often engendered and exacerbated by a lack of “good rhythms” in one’s “life of rest.”

In order to address this perennial problem, Dr. Swoboda, in partnership with the Palau Association, and through a gracious grant from the Murdock Foundation, has coordinated a one-day event featuring Matthew Sleeth, M.D., titled, Rekindled: Nurturing the Pastoral Heart in a 24/7 World. An internationally known speaker on pastoral health and Sabbath rhythms, Dr. Sleeth “will be sharing the intent of the Sabbath law, how practicing Sabbath rest makes room for a more God-centered life, and how this practice and gift is key to sustainable long-term ministry of any kind.”

The event will take place on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, from 9:30am to 3:00pm, at the Imago Dei Community campus in Southeast Portland (1302 SE Ankeny St., Portland, OR 97214). It is free to all pastors and their wives, and lunch is included. Attendees will also receive a free copy of Dr. Sleeth’s book 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life, as well as a corresponding DVD.

If you are a local area pastor, and are interested in attending this event, then just click on the Eventbrite invitation here. Or, you can contact the event organizer, Madalyn Salz at madalyn@blessedearth.org. Be aware that spots are limited, and so it’s best to register early.