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    How to Burnout in Ministry in Five Easy Steps

    How to Burnout in Ministry in Five Easy Steps

    Scott Crouchenour over at Serving Strong has a great article on how to avoid ministry burnout and stay strong.  I'm thinking... It's Monday... and I bet that there are a good number reading this today that feel burned out.  See if Scott can help guide you through some remedies...

    I'll give you the first two here... you can get the last three over at Scott's Serving Strong website:

  • Seek Unforgiveness. Someone hurt you lately? Cool. Here's what you do: Hold a grudge. That's right. Don't give in to the temptation to be the weaker one. Keep steady. Better yet, give them the silent treatment. Yeah! It will teach them a lesson and you'll be well on your way to burning out.
  • Pursue Passionlessness. Ask yourself this question: "What ministry fuels my passion?" Got your answer? Good. Now do something (anything) that is the opposite of your answer. Do the thing that is a total drag for you. Give it your all. Seek the boredom. Revel in the difficulty. It will annoy those around you and you'll be well on your way to burning out.

    You can read the other three here...

    Any thoughts or comments on how you've avoided (or gotten yourself out of) burnout?

    Todd
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    1. A. Amos Love on Mon, May 10, 2010

      Todd

      You ask…
      “how you’ve avoided (or gotten yourself out of) burnout?”

      I have discovered a very “fruitful” and “adventurous” way.

      **Fruitful - Being less dependent on man and the approval of man.
      Much more dependent on Jesus and the approval of Jesus.

      **Adventure = A bold undertaking, where “hazards” are to be encountered,
      and the outcome is based on unforeseen events.

      A unique experience in one’s own personal history,
      often of a romantic nature. Falling in love with Jesus, over and over again.

      I quit - I quit - I quit - I quit. Ripped up those precious papers.

      Now becoming a “Disciple of Christ,”’ and a “Servant of Christ.”

      I’m now letting Jesus build “His Church,” add to “His church,”
      make disciples for “His Church,” and teach “His Church.”

      Pastors/leaders/clergy/Popes, have been trying to do that for 1700 yrs.

      How’s that been working? Huh?

      Burnout - For the “Ekklesia of God,” and for the “Clergy.”

      Jesus has a better way. The best way. Nah, the only way.

    2. Peter Hamm on Mon, May 10, 2010

      Good thoughts in that article. Especially the one about prayerlessness. It’s really easy to fall into a lot of those traps.

    3. David, justopenthebook.com on Mon, May 17, 2010

      Great article.  I think the second point, not keeping your activity in the same direction and focus as your ministry’s intention, is one of the easiest mistakes to make.  Sometimes, there are so many “good things” to do, it can be easy not to exercise discernment.

    4. Andymcadams on Sat, May 22, 2010

      Good stuff.  I can think of another thing that is sure you burn out.

      Be Strategyless.  Nothing will burn you out faster then doing ministry by the seat of your pants.  You gotta have a plan.  I once heard a famous preacher say…“if you aim at nothing…you’ll hit it everytime.

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