Taking Rest Seriously

Brad M. Griffin | Jul 6, 2010

You may have noticed that we seem to care a lot about rest and self-care around here.

You’re right.

We care a lot because as we listen to youth workers from around the country, in urban, suburban, and rural settings, we continue to hear that most folks aren’t resting well. We don’t make time for it. We don’t know how to stop. And as a result, we suffer—not just our bodies, minds, and souls, but in our ministries too.

This month’s E-Journal features the start of a new 4-part series on rest by veteran youth worker and FYI Advisory Council member April Diaz. We’re excited to share these resources with you to add to your Sabbath-keeping toolbox, because it matters—perhaps more than just about anything else you do in ministry.

So take some time with this first article, then shut down your computer and go find a place to put it into practice! We pray you’ll make time in the midst of summer chaos to truly rest.

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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