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To Burnout and Back
March 17, 2008, 3:43 pm
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Burnout—that’s something that happens to other people in ministry, right? At least that’s what I thought until a few years ago when it happened to me.Like most good ministers, I was living my emotional life on the edge. An overcrowded schedule, unguarded private time and very few boundaries contributed to a severe case of burnout that eventually pushed me over the edge. I spiraled down into a state of clinical depression that lasted over a year and a half.

What did I do? I kept it hidden until I could hide it no longer. Finally, I sought help and found it. Fortunately, it never displaced me from ministry, but it easily could have. Needless to say, I’m on the backside of it, and I lived to tell my story.

Burnout is a serious problem in America today, particularly for clergy and professional people. It is primarily a recent malady caused by the busyness of modern-day society.

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source (ministrytodaymag.com)

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