Too Many Pastors Are Overweight

Pastors Overweight

I figured that headline would get your attention.  But, sadly it is true.  Certainly not all, but an overwhelming majority (76%) of pastors (male and female) answered a recent poll that they would call themselves “obese.”  In addition, many of them don’t feel confident behind the pulpit, don’t feel attractive to their spouse, aren’t taking a day off, have trouble sleeping, are lacking exercise regularly, and have minimal know-how to fueling their bodies.

I can certainly say that not too long ago – I was in the same boat.  I finally came to the realization that change was never going to happen to me – I had to MAKE change happen.  With God’s help, I was able to make some drastic changes in my life, exercise and eating habits.  This past year, I lost nearly 20 pounds and completed my first 26.2 mile marathon.

For those of you that say, “I just don’t know where to start!”  I totally understand.  I want to introduce you to a good friend of mine, Ricky Van Pay.  He is a personal fitness coach and chaplain that launched to specifically help pastors achieve their health and fitness goals.

I highly recommend you check it out!  Ricky has a coaching huddle starting in January designed to a LIMITED number (only 100) of pastors and ministers.  To check it out CLICK HERE!

I know that many of you are planning to get in shape in 2015.  I am believing that you WILL achieve your health and fitness goals so that you can build a sustainable life pace and be effective long-term for the Kingdom.  If you want a coach, Ricky and may very well be a good fit for you.

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8 thoughts on “Too Many Pastors Are Overweight

  1. This is an issue that I recently find myself struggling with. I am burdened with Paul instructions to Timothy that “the overseer must be above reproach.” I believe that the Bible teaches that Gluttony is a sin. As such I wear the evidence of my sin for all to see. My oversized belly stands as a testament to my indiscretions. I believe that God has called me to be a pastor. As such I must strive to be above reproach as Paul tells Timothy. This means that I can not continue to wallow in gluttony.

    Thanks for the reminder.

    Matt N.

  2. I made the same decision last year. I lost around 25 lbs since June. (Gained 5 back since the holidays). But is has been the best thing. with pastor ken Andrews and Austin Andrews, former contestants on Biggest Loser, helped me get started.

    I didn’t do a marathon this year, I did that in 2004. But I gave it up a few months after the run. I hope to do another one next year.

  3. Already started! I lost 20 pounds this past summer but can feel it coming back. Not gonna let it happen! We have to stay in shape! Ministry needs us to be healthy. It does make a difference!

  4. Brian,
    Great reminder and challenge. I was challenged during Infuse to really get serious (after many half-hearted attempts before) I set a goal, started some great accountability and have lost nearly 60. I have more to go but, I’ve set new goals for these next few months that I know by God’s grace and lots of support I will accomplish.

  5. I received a fitbit for Christmas. I get 2000 steps by the end of the workday. My entire day is sitting in meetings, reading email, writing curriculum, and studying. This was eye opening and now I am trying to change habits. We might need to re-educate our congregations, too. Every meeting and fellowship time does not have to include sitting and eating. Breaking bread is good, but, so is exercising our bodies.