Burnout is a prolonged feeling of depression, joylessness, or anxiety. In pastors there are several symptoms that signify full-blown burnout. Before reaching that depth, there are signs that burnout may be on its way if things don’t change. Below are partial lists of symptoms for pre-burnout and total burnout.
This is what I did to get out of the deep depression of ministry burnout.
If every church were to follow the commands of the Bible about how to treat their pastor, many (but not all) of the causes of burnout would disappear.
A pastor can’t stand in front of a congregation and say “I’ve got nothing to say this week,” even though that may be exactly how he feels.
A guide for elders. With the Holy Spirit’s guidance, the following list of eight practices will develop and grow the character of Christ in the heart of a Christian leader. The elders of the church should use a list like this to ensure they are following Christ as the head of the church. Be Transformed […]
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When we look at the biblical requirements for being an elder, they focus primarily on character rather than skills (see 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9). So what does the heart of an elder look like?
What are the wrong reasons to be an elder in the church?
Is it possible to have disagreement without division?
Have you ever spent 30 minutes in silence alone with God? I can hear what you’re thinking – “I could never spend 30 minutes in silence!” You’re right. If your focus is to spend 30 minutes in silence, the noise in your own head will make it almost impossible. However, if your focus is to […]
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These books aren’t just for pastors. Every leader would benefit from the principles in most of them. Also, if you care for your pastor, I deeply recommend that you read these books.