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You Can’t Avoid Leadership Stress (so manage it)

February 1, 2019

Managing leadership stress…

Rev. Shane L. Bishop

Some years ago (when I was still “young-ish” and in my early forties) my health was in a rapidly declining state.  Christ Church was moving from 400 in worship each weekend toward 750 and it was literally killing me.  Our staff was a dysfunctional mess, the congregation was kicking and screaming and I was doing the hard work of re-defining our church culture (without really having any idea what I was doing).  I was packing on the weight (The Sweet Tea, Q and Stew Diet), my blood pressure was soaring and I could suddenly snore the paint off the wall (I awakened each morning and all the paint was on the floor).  In addition, I developed a persistent cough and there were involuntary physical “ticks” being displayed early and often.  Perfect.  After a medical analysis, it was determined that stress was the culprit.  My doctor told me that I either…

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