From the outside, we as pastors and church leaders probably seem like we have it all together. God’s calling is on our lives, and we’re doing the most important work in the world. How could we be stressed out? After all, we only work on Sundays, right?
Working in ministry is tough. Pastor burnout is real. In fact, studies show that 50% of pastors starting out in ministry leave after five years. And 89% of pastors have seriously considered leaving ministry at some point.
Burnout in ministry is real.
If you’re experiencing burnout, please know you’re not alone. Burnout happens all too often in ministry, but you can overcome it. Burnout doesn’t go away on its own, so talk to your leader, spouse, or a Christian-based counselor to come up with a game plan to grow healthy and strong.
And remember above all: God’s grace is sufficient for you. He called you. He equips you. What you do matters. Every soul you reach for Jesus matters. So rely on Him and all the tools He’s given you to help you last in ministry.
5 Keys to Lasting in Ministry
There are very practical things we can do to last in ministry, and we’ve gathered five keys principles here.
Life.Church Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel and his pastoral staff are sharing their best practices for not only surviving but flourishing in our series “Well and Rested: 5 Keys for Lasting in Ministry.” If you’ll invest two weeks in learning five key principles, you’ll learn practical tactics for avoiding burnout, being morally sound, and growing healthier, all so you can reach more people for Christ.
Let’s flip the script. Let’s be a generation of pastors and leaders that return to our offices, our Bibles, our sanctuaries, our stages, our second jobs, our teams, our families, and our callings refreshed and energized every week.
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