The Value of Getting Fit and Staying Healthy in Ministry

Being in ministry has many rewarding benefits. You get to see real change happen in the lives of people and families. However, because you are on the go all the time, you can develop some unhealthy habits. That means fitnesseating a lot of food and oftentimes unhealthy food (student ministers in particular). And, it also means that ministers can fail to take care of their own fitness and sleeping habits. It’s go, go, go all the time, which isn’t good long for a minister’s long term health.

That is why I invited Greg Oraham to the podcast. Greg is the Lead Pastor at Foothills Community Church. He is also a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, helping other Pastors be spiritually and physically fit through Pastor Fit.

Today we talk about Greg’s story and why he decided to get fit as a Pastor. We also talk about what Pastors can do to get and stay fit.


  • What do you think? How do you stay healthy and fit as a minister? Share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #ymsidekick to share. 
  • If you want to connect with Josh, you can check his website and Pastor Fit Twitter account.
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Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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