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How to Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry from Your Life and Ministry

John Mark Comer discusses the secret of Jesus’ easy yoke

George P Wood on February 18, 2020


John Mark Comer lived the dream of many pastors. He led a growing congregation (adding 1,000 adherents annually for seven years running) in the Pacific Northwest (one of the nation’s most secular regions). You’d think he’d be happy, but he wasn’t. He was burned out, enduring most pastors’ nightmare.

Busyness — which, according to Comer, is “where your life is full with things that matter” — wasn’t the problem. The problem was hurriedness, “when you have too much to do and the only way to keep the quota up is to hurry.” Jesus was busy, but He never hurried. Hurry is of the devil.

In this episode of the Influence Podcast, I am talking to John Mark Comer about how to ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life and ministry. I’m George P. Wood, executive editor of Influence  magazine and your host. 

John Mark Comer is pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon, whose mission is to practice the way of Jesus, together, in Portland. He is also author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, published by Waterbrook.

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