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John Mark Comer: Hurry Is the Greatest Enemy to Spiritual Life

“So much of conflict in churches and in leadership teams and relationships all comes back to a root of unmet expectations.”

“One of the main things that we’re trying to do through the Sunday gathering is literally show people, this is how you slow down, breathe, put away your phone, come to the quite and attend to God’s presence.”

“A lot of pastors, I don’t think they think of [helping people slow down] as their main job. I think that’s really my main job and that all of the activity and evangelism and justice and all of that has to grow out of this place of restful, contemplative presence before God.”

“That’s the essence of hurry. It’s not you have a lot to do. It’s not even that you’re busy. It’s too much to do.”

“Our people are just too busy to have any life with God whatsoever, much less to practice hospitality in their neighborhood or do justice. They’re just incredibly busy, exhausted and distracted.”

“With Millennials in particular, and then especially in the digital age, the classic spiritual disciplines have been almost obliterated by the iPhone, busyness, noise, secularism, and the Millennial and Gen Z cultural moment.” 

“I really think that a kind of neo-monasticism is the future of the church in the West.”

“It’s so easy to let the enemy tempt us, not to have an affair or become a heretic or deny the divinity of Christ, but to be out another night, to answer another email, to say ‘yes’ to another meeting that we actually should not take.”

“Cultivate a healthy sense of acceptance and even gratitude and delight in whatever your limitations are.”

Mentioned in the Show by John Mark Comer

Genesis 3

Bridgetown Church
Dallas Willard
I Used to Be a Human Being,” Andrew Sullivan
Meyer Friedman
Pete Scazerro
The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World, John Mark Comer
Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You, John Ortberg
The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence, Henri Nouwen

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Jason serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at PastorServe, a ministry committed to strengthening the Church by serving pastors through personal coaching and church consulting. He also hosts FrontStage BackStage, a podcast and YouTube show, that helps pastors embrace healthy, well-balanced leadership as they develop a sustainable rhythm for life and ministry. Prior to joining the PastorServe team, Jason served as Vice President of Ministry Mobilization at Outreach, Inc., and as the Executive Director of the National Back to Church Sunday movement. Additionally, Jason served for nearly two decades in pastoral leadership, primarily as a lead pastor, in several contexts, including church plant re-launch, multisite church, multiethnic urban church, and an established suburban church. His experience as a lead pastor has provided numerous opportunities to coach and mentor pastors across the country. Jason and his beautiful wife, Monica, are the proud parents of six children and live on Anastasia Island, Florida. @jasondaye