Category Archives: Seminary Students

Why you should make your pastor take a sabbatical

6 reasons pastor sabbaticals are good for your church Several years ago I experienced deep spiritual fatigue. You can read about this burnout in The Year I Lost My Mind. During this time, I had an intuitive sense that I needed rest – the kind of Sabbath rest that deepens relationship with God and others. […]
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Don’t Check Your Soul at the Door

How to make leadership meetings spiritual again Many leadership meetings are purely secular – they have no reference to God at all. You just hang your soul at the door and put it on again on your way out. – Ruth Haley Barton Last month my wife and I drove through blizzard conditions to hear […]
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Trapped by Tradition

The Institutionalized Church Leader Are you an institutionalized leader? Brooks had been part of one particular institution for 50 years. It was all he knew, and over the years he grew to love the familiar walls, the fulfilling work, and the predictable patterns. So when Brooks was forced to leave, he couldn’t cope with the […]
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Signs Your Pastor Needs Rest

Compassion fatigue in pastors is a serious problem. As a pastor, I love to help people find joy and freedom in Christ because I love people. I find that love draws me to people who are willing to admit their pain or their sin – people who want to be healed. Through this gift of […]
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9 Spiritual Battles Your Pastor Fights

At times, being a pastor means just trying to survive the constant barrage of spiritual assaults. Use the following list to help you understand and pray for your pastor.

Pastor, Are You Burned Out?

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.

How I Climbed Out of Burnout

This is what I did to get out of the deep depression of ministry burnout.

Is the Church Responsible for Pastor 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.

Help Your Pastor Become a Better Preacher

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.

How to Grow in the Character of Christ

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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