The Dangers of Exhaustion for Pastors

When pastors are exhausted, they are in danger of making bad decisions, eating bad meals, acting impulsively or negatively, and responding with anger to others. Rest is essential for ministering effectively, let alone for being present with family and friends. Pastors may need accountability from colleagues, church members, or family to ensure that they take time to rest.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Burn out and exhaustion are common problems that pastors face on a regular basis, and accountability may be essential in order to ensure they get the rest they need.

  • Consequences of Doing It All: Pastors may believe that it’s best for them to do as much as possible, but in reality, an exhausted pastor may make bad decisions.
  • Who Speaks Truth to You? Pastors may underestimate how free their staff or family feel about asking them to cut back on ministry work, even if it’s exhausting them. Who do you trust to tell you the truth?
  • Think Long Term: Whether from eating unhealthy food or not exercising, poor health decisions will pile up and eventually catch up with you.

How can pastors and congregations work together to develop plans to ensure pastors are healthy and guarded from burn out?

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