Christopher Ash in his book “Zeal without Burnout” gives four truths he learned while he was recovering from burnout.
- Focus on the Lord’s definition of success. Ministry isn’t about numbers. It’s about faithfully preaching, teaching, and loving the people.
- Seek help from a mature Christian friend or Christian counselor when appropriate.
- Share the load with staff, elders, deacons, and trusted friends and members.
- Don’t neglect your spiritual, physical and mental health.
If you’ve experienced burnout in your place of service what else would you add to this list? I believe burnout is an all too common phenomenon among pastors and pastors need to have some tools to 1) recognize when it’s happening and 2) be equipped to know what to do in the throws of it.
To purchase Ash’s book go here.