Are you experiencing burnout? My desire is to encourage, inspire, and resource pastors who are struggling. I know what burnout feels like and if it wasn’t for the support of my wife, good friends, and a great counselor, I’m not sure if I would be in ministry today.
Very simply…burnout is emotional exhaustion. Perhaps you have experienced some of these symptoms: Fatigue... frequent illnesses... sleep problems... disillusionment... cynicism toward people and church... sense of hopelessness... feeling of powerless to change circumstances... anger towards family and staff...depression and isolation... detachment from others... isolation... harshness in dealing with colleagues... a desire to escape.
The factors that contribute to these emotions are varied. Sometimes the dysfunction of a local church and the conflict that ensues are the major factors. Other times the ego, insecurity, low self-esteem, and loneliness of pastors are the instigators.
Whatever the factors, it’s not God’s will for us to be emotionally unhealthy. There is too much at risk: our health, our families, our ministries, and our future.
The enemy of our souls wants to keep us isolated. Discouragement and despair are his tools for keeping us ineffective in the work of the Lord.
During my own season of burnout two individuals made an invaluable difference in my life: A Christian counselor and a ministry coach.
You might find good counsel from another pastor, but often you’ll find an anonymous counselor a safer place to work through your struggles.
There are two other ministries I recommend for pastors facing burnout:
Here are books I recommend for pastors experiencing burnout:
If you are needing time away to rest and recharge, be sure to download my free resource: 110 Free and Discounted Vacations for Pastors.
Question: What has helped you overcome the feelings emotional exhaustion and burnout? Comment below.
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Hi! I'm Loren Hicks. I am follower of Jesus, a husband, a father, a friend, and for the past
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