The last three years have been, to say the least, busy. Working full time as an IT Consultant as well as preaching every Sunday in church has finally proven to be too much. Something had to go.

And it has. As of last weekend I am no longer working as part time pastor. I’ve also cancelled all forthcoming preaching engagements. It will take some time for me to fully recharge my batteries, but I’m sure this process will begin soon.

Lessons learned? The job of Pastor is a full time one. It requires much more than a few hours on a Sunday. Both Pastor and flock deserve time: time to meditate on God’s Word, pray, plan and visit are all required by a Pastor; time to listen and visit are needed of the Pastor by the flock.

We need to value our spiritual leaders and do all we can to nurture them, because in so doing we nurture ourselves.


My name is Peter Holloway and having lived in Southport, England for 20 years, followed by a couple of years back in Northern Ireland I'm now working as an IT Manager in West Sussex. I was born in Northern Ireland and raised in the suburbs of Belfast just off the Saintfield Road, attended Cairnshill Primary School and Annadale Grammar School. I studied for a London University BD at Belfast Bible College.