The turn burnout has been around for years. It makes sense that a CEO, Manager, or someone who is in the spotlight all the time should struggle with it. But can a pastor really suffer from burnout?
It seems burnout in the ministry isn’t really something we notice. Now mega-church pastors Perry Noble, and Pete Wilson, have resigned burnout has become a relevant ministry topic.
There are also statistics for pastor burnout:
23% have been fired or pressured to resign at least once in their careers.
25% of pastors’ wives see their husband’s work schedule as a source of conflict.
33% felt burned out within their first five years of ministry.
33% say that being in ministry is an outright hazard to their family.
40% of pastors and 47% of spouses are suffering from burnout, frantic schedules, and/or unrealistic expectations.
But, what really causes burnout? And, how can it be avoided?
Let me suggest 5 ways:
1.Do things you love to do
There is nothing wrong with finding what you love to do and doing it. If it’s writing a blog (mine), encouraging others (mine too), fishing, hunting, bowling, shooting basketball, lifting weights, walking, running, reading, or fixing up old cars, do it!
We have to do the things we love and notice none of those had anything to do with your ministry. Get out of the church and unwind.
2. Ask for help
Like Donald Trump, there are more people who wants us to succeed than not. People in the church very often don’t get asked to help do anything. We assume they feel like we should do everything. Not everyone feels that way.
Inviting everyone to do something in the church will open up ways for us not to have to do everything. Ask people to help.
3. Know your limits
You are not superman. You can’t leap small buildings with a single bound. Therefore, we must know what we can and can’t do. There are some things we simply aren’t good at. If we know what these are we can go back to step 2 and fix it.
Saying no really is a way to freedom. If we can figure out what we enjoy, and what we want to do it is a perfect fit.
4. Visit your Flock
Nothing replaces this. They want us to do it. They feel special when we do. It also is a way for us to get to know who they really are. We get to meet them in their arena and let them open up their home to us.
Many pastors today believe they don’t have time to do this. Nothing could be farther from the truth. It builds the church and that is our #1 responsibility.
5. Be involved in the community
Again, our people want this. Ball games are an easy way to do it. Civic clubs, meet with police, firefighters, there are many opportunities to fit into a new community. The reality is we usually are not from that town. We need to be involved.
Another thought to ponder is maybe unrealistic expectations cause burnout. Many times on our part. Could we feel that we are the pastor so the people should just follow?
Here’s a good quote to tie this up, “The antidote to exhaustion is not rest but wholeheartedness.” David Whyte
If our heart is for that flock, then we will never burnout.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
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