Welcome to Productive Rest

Every breath is a gift. Never do we cherish this gift as much as when we are threatened to be without it. A great irony is that calamity, suffering and even death have a way of waking us up. Our lives are shaken into perspective and values find their appropriate order.

On March 20th, 2018 our lives were reordered.

After a series of confusing symptoms for Jim an MRI revealed a 2-inch tumor behind his ear. Jim was diagnosed with glioblastoma. After five years, three surgeries, three rounds of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, a seizure, a stroke, and countless appointments we are continuing to navigate the ins and outs of what life looks like post traumatic brain injury.

Thank you for joining us, we pray this is a welcoming space full of helpful resources.

Christian, husband, brother, father, grandfather, pastor, chaplain, author, shortterm missionary, “rest doctor”, cancer survivor and friend to many, James L. Anderson holds Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Trinity Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

Rest? Who needs it? I have too much to accomplish for God! Do those words sound familiar? Have you ever said them to yourself or others? Jim Anderson lived the same lifestyle that a majority of Christians, especially pastors, often follow. He tried to be all things to all people while striving to do more at the expense of his health, personal relationships, and his walk with God.

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After serving as a pastor for 25 years, Jim Anderson wanted to help other pastors thrive as they serve local churches. Knowing that pastors often experience burnout from personal and ministry fatigue, he wrote the book For God’s Sake Rest! Since he also knew how lonely pastors often feel even while surrounded by the people they serve, Jim has now written the book The Seven Essential Powers of Friendship: A Path to Authentic Relationships.

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