Mark and Jonathan discuss the subject of burnout, particularly how it happens and what church leaders can do to avoid it in the first place.
I was an unhappy pastor.
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.
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.
It should not then surprise you, pastor, that you may experience depression—even though you've never experienced it before.
Burnout means something way down deep just collapses, and we can’t keep going.
Future hope fuels present faithfulness—both in pastoral ministry and on the mission field.
Pastoral burnout could be defined as the moment or season when a pastor loses the motivation, hope, energy, joy, and focus required to fulfill his work, and these losses center upon the work itself.
Consider these five categories of at-risk pastors.
Here are 30 questions—15 internal and 15 external—to ask yourself to discover whether or not you’re on the road to burnout.
When accumulated fatigue takes hold of us, a night of rest, a weekend get-a-way, or a six-week sabbatical likely won’t help.
May the mighty promises of Christ fuel our faith until, at last, we see him face to face.
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.
The thick-skinned and tender-hearted pastor is best positioned to minister for the long haul.
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.
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.
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?
My small church hasn’t killed me yet. In fact, it’s grown me.
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.
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.
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