Pastoral Burnout

“You’re a high-risk candidate for career burnout, warns the Mayo Clinic, if you are in a helping profession; identify so strongly with your work that you lack a reasonable balance between your work life and personal life; and try to be everything to everyone. Hmm … sounds a like lot pastoring.”

Read more: Ministry Burnout (Part 1): Examining the Threat

Read more: Ministry Burnout (Part 2): The Signs and the Cure

Read more: Ministry Burnout (Part 3): An Ounce of Prevention


  • Scott Couchenour November 29, 2012 Reply

    Todd, with your readership, I’m so glad you’ve highlighted this issue of burnout among pastors. When we can name the animal for what it is, we know better what weapons to use against it.

    I applaud you.

  • Paul Kuzma November 29, 2012 Reply

    Excellent links here Todd! Thanks for posting them! Just a little heart smile that they come from the denomination I serve in. Not in a haughty way, but a smile that says I’m glad my denomination is starting to get it.

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  • Richard Schoonover May 23, 2013 Reply

    Burnout and depression are very real for pastors. Here are some articles that deal with this issue.

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