Pastoring Amid Depression

By John Starke | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

It should not then surprise you, pastor, that you may experience depression—even though you’ve never experienced it before.

“I Was Burnt Out—And I Stayed In”

By Ed Moore | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

I arrived at my current church in July of 1992, and for a solid decade our business meetings were marked by love, unity, and good-natured, corny humor. But then everything fell apart.

A Taxonomy of At-Risk Pastors

By Jeramie Rinne | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

Consider these five categories of at-risk pastors.

When Your Husband Is Burnt Out

By Anna Moore | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

Perhaps you’re just beginning your journey as a pastor’s wife. Perhaps you’ve been one far longer than me. Whatever the case, remember and rejoice in the gospel. Draw near to Christ. He, above all, will sustain you and restore your joy.

How My Mega-Church Hasn’t Burnt Me Out

By Mark Vroegop | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

I’ve been leading a mega-church for over a decade. While it’s not always easy, it hasn’t killed me. It hasn’t burnt me out—at least not yet.

How a Biblical Eschatology Protects Against Pastoral Burnout

By Juan Sanchez | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

If we’re to endure faithfully in pastoral ministry, we need to remember that we’re leading the church in a time of tension—between the already and the not-yet.

How My Small Church Hasn’t Burnt Me Out

By Jonathan Worsley | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

My small church hasn’t killed me yet. In fact, it’s grown me.

How Calvinism Makes Fewer Burnt-Out Pastors

By Conrad Mbewe | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

Instead of only giving pastors commonsense counsel about how to prevent burnout, let us go one step further and encourage them to regularly refresh themselves in the strong old Calvinistic doctrines.

Be Tender-Hearted and Thick-Skinned: How Humility Protects Pastors from Pastoral Burnout

By Aaron Menikoff | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

The thick-skinned and tender-hearted pastor is best positioned to minister for the long haul.

Waiting On the Lord to Renew Our Strength: Reflections on Pastoral Burnout

By Ray Ortlund | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

Burnout means something way down deep just collapses, and we can’t keep going.

One Cure for Burnout: A Plurality of Like-Minded Shepherds

By Jason Dees | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

If you currently pastor a congregation that has no qualified men other than yourself, then you should do two things: begin earnestly praying for such men and, second, perhaps reconsider if your standards are loftier than the Bible’s.

Am I Burnt Out? 30 Useful Questions

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

Here are 30 questions—15 internal and 15 external—to ask yourself to discover whether or not you’re on the road to burnout.

A Parable of Endurance from the Mission Field

By Tim Keesee | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

Future hope fuels present faithfulness—both in pastoral ministry and on the mission field.

Managing Expectations for a Sustainable Ministry

By David Murray | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

How can a church support and protect its new pastor both from his own and others’ expectations, so that he will set off and continue at a sustainable pace?

One Cure for Burnout: Building a Network of Like-Minded Brothers

By Kevin McKay | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

Email another pastor in your area and ask them to read this article with you. Maybe it will start a life-giving friendship for both of you.