A quick Google search for “ministry burnout” will reveal a long list of articles that include bleak statistics and multiple lists that will help people in ministry avoid burnout.
While most perspectives out there are set to vilify the church for causing ministry burnout I’d like to throw out a less popular option to consider. I understand some will consider this harsh, but I’d encourage you to really think this next statement through before you dismiss it.
“Ministry burnout is self-induced.”
- No one is responsible for how you spend your time but you
- No one is responsible for the depth of your friendship with Jesus but you
- No one is responsible for the rhythm of your rest and work but you
- No one is responsible for how you respond to pressure but you
- No one is responsible for how lonely you feel but you
- No one is responsible to say “no” for you other than you
Taking personal responsibility for the health of your own soul and rhythm of your life may be the first and best step you can take to avoid ministry burnout.
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