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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)


In the Mirror
March 10, 2008, 4:04 pm
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How effective we are, how effective we think we are—and how to know the difference.

Interesting article, read the full article here (ministrytoday.com). I clipped for space purposes.

By David Kinnaman

The life and work of a pastor is tough. You don’t need anyone else to tell you that. But, in addition to personal experience—my father is a lifelong pastor, and some of my best friends work in churches—I also have a unique vantage point: in my dozen years at The Barna Group I have studied the lives and ministries of nearly 10,000 pastors. Research we recently conducted provides some intriguing insights about pastors today. Check out these outcomes to see what you might learn about your own ministry.

1. Many pastors say they struggle with their personal relationships.

2. One in four pastors describes himself/herself as shy and introverted.

3. Most pastors are confident that ministry is a good fit for them.

4. Willingness to take risk loses steam after several decades of ministry.

5. Pastors express greater awareness and clarity about leadership, but strategic leadership remains elusive.

6. Many pastors maintain misplaced priorities.

7. Evaluating ministry is rare.

7 Church Leadership Mistakes to Avoid
February 12, 2008, 4:29 pm
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7 Church Leadership Mistakes to Avoid

Rick Warren of Saddleback Church (Lake Forest, CA) has made a list of seven common church leadership mistakes to avoid.

  1. You stop growing.
  2. You stop caring.
  3. You stop listening.
  4. You get distracted.
  5. You get complacent.
  6. You become arrogant.
  7. You fail to delegate.

For Rick Warren’s tips on overcoming each mistake, read the full article.

(Got this from churchrelevance.com)