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Why Do Ministers Burn Out?
« on: Tue Aug 13, 2013 - 06:14:36 »
Dear All,

The reason many ministers burn out, or become exhausted while they are performing the ministry, is because they do not trust the Holy Spirit to run their churches.  I am not trying to be harsh with you but rather help you to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

God has given us a Comforter to lead and guide us in to all truth.  However, many ministers fear to allow that comforter to lead and guide their flock.  Therefore, they preach and teach precepts and principles seeking to keep their flock safe.  Unfortunately, this has the effect of making their flock dependent upon them for everything because they naturally seek out the law-giver any time they have a question, concern, or problem.  Thus, all the weight of their people comes upon their shoulders.

Ministers, because they have the heart of God for their people, willingly shoulder this added responsibility often to their detriment.  It simply wears them out and is even dangerous for their health.  Also, being the de facto one that the whole congregation seeks out makes them the “go to person” instead of God.  This causes the sheep to be weak and to not know their Fathers voice because they are so busy listening to and seeking out yours.

The solution to this problem is to do your best to teach your people to hear God’s voice for themselves.  Like John the Baptist, preach yourself out of a job.  As you mature your people and lead them into relying upon the Holy Spirit instead of you they will grow up and not need you to over commit to them anymore.  This will have the effect of making God the center of their lives and not you.  If you do this then the burden that you carry will truly be as the scriptures say,

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

 Matthew 11:28,29

Sincerely,

Justin Mangonel

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Why Do Ministers Burn Out?
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Re: Why Do Ministers Burn Out?
« Reply #1 on: Tue Aug 13, 2013 - 09:47:27 »
It is because we have convinced ouselves that the preacher's job is one of performance, and church attendance as an obligation.

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Re: Why Do Ministers Burn Out?
« Reply #2 on: Sun Nov 03, 2013 - 17:41:31 »
when the church is doing good its the congregation members... when the church is not doing well its the pastors fault.... ::reading::

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Re: Why Do Ministers Burn Out?
« Reply #3 on: Sat Apr 26, 2014 - 15:19:23 »
 ::playingguitar::  Hello to All Christians....

Because They Need The Holy Spirit All The Time.....Eat the Holy Spirit, Drink the Holy Spirit, Living in the Holy Spirit....Take the Holy Spirit...Recharge with the Holy Spirit.... Blow out the Power from the Holy Spirit....

But unfortunately many pastors and ministers and servants doesn't even believe the Holy Spirit...They didn't even heard about the Holy Spirit....

Sorry it's hard what I just stated.....but it's unfortunately true!

God Bless

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Re: Why Do Ministers Burn Out?
« Reply #4 on: Sat Apr 26, 2014 - 16:33:22 »
::playingguitar::  Hello to All Christians....

Because They Need The Holy Spirit All The Time.....Eat the Holy Spirit, Drink the Holy Spirit, Living in the Holy Spirit....Take the Holy Spirit...Recharge with the Holy Spirit.... Blow out the Power from the Holy Spirit....

But unfortunately many pastors and ministers and servants doesn't even believe the Holy Spirit...They didn't even heard about the Holy Spirit....

Sorry it's hard what I just stated.....but it's unfortunately true!

God Bless

Im not sure that is the case at.all.

People are human and imperfect.  Burn out can be suffered by anyone.  If you think it can't happen to you, you'd better think again!


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Re: Why Do Ministers Burn Out?
« Reply #5 on: Sat May 03, 2014 - 12:52:38 »
It is because we have convinced ouselves that the preacher's job is one of performance, and church attendance as an obligation.

Yes I agree totally, you can preach the word, just as clearly soft spoken to your church.

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Re: Why Do Ministers Burn Out?
« Reply #6 on: Sat Dec 06, 2014 - 10:22:46 »
If the foundation is flawed the building will fall.
It helps to keep to the basics. On being born again, we enter Gods rest, we cease from doing our own thing. Yet how easy it is to pick up, again, a burden the Lord hasn't placed on us. And how quick others are to place burdens on us.
The Church belongs to the Lord, so when you hear words like "your church" or "my church" or "their church" BEWARE.
Where ever we are, our main focus needs to be on Jesus and that we remain in Him, there is NO burnout in Christ.
I'm not saying that we will meet no opposition, while "in Christ". The same that attacked Jesus while He walked this earth will attacked those who walk in Christ today. Those who are truly doing His work.
If you realize you are suffering from burnout turn to your source, get back to your foundation, Jesus. 

John

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Re: Why Do Ministers Burn Out?
« Reply #7 on: Fri Feb 27, 2015 - 21:37:32 »
 ::frown::

I seem to remember Jethro giving his son-in-law some advice about delegation.

I seem to remember Elijah going into a funk.

It seems that burn out is about the same everywhere.

So, why do HR/HS preachers burn out?  and, some just "burn"?!

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Re: Why Do Ministers Burn Out?
« Reply #8 on: Wed Sep 30, 2015 - 11:34:25 »
It is because we have convinced ouselves that the preacher's job is one of performance, and church attendance as an obligation.
God is giving opportunity to serve in His fields
serving or working for God is an great privilege for Pastors or ministers
They are the first people to implement or start the right walk before God, and to mentor to world
So Ministers are the first people to work out
In this way.. God is giving some firing heart to ministers who are  need to do some great works
I am also an shepherd to three village churches here..
I know practically vision is firing in my heart to do more in gospel sectors
and to train and lead and raise some better ministers and believers to bring them as mentors to world
A big opportunity is given to all ministers ..

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« Reply #8 on: Wed Sep 30, 2015 - 11:34:25 »

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« Reply #9 on: Wed Sep 30, 2015 - 11:44:51 »
It was never meant for a single man, aside from the Lord, to bear the entire burden of the assembly. It's a body, all working together in their own functions to build the body led by the head, the Lord. Your pastor or preacher or whatever isn't the head. It also doesn't help that the concept of "pastor" has been twisted to become some hierarchical position, an office really. A shepherd in its simplest definition is a friend, not a governor or a leader, though shepherds with spiritual maturity can become leaders (and even then it's not like how Roman Catholicism or the myriads of churches defines it).

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Re: Why Do Ministers Burn Out?
« Reply #10 on: Wed Sep 30, 2015 - 12:25:59 »
Yes pastor is not head for church,, but he is shepherd..
yes assembly is with different elders ruling.. but they don't have the burden like shepherd
a preacher is giving call to whole assembly people to stand in right path
so he is the key person.. with that Holy spirit is inspiring Him and giving firing heart, serving heart

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Re: Why Do Ministers Burn Out?
« Reply #11 on: Mon Oct 05, 2015 - 16:29:21 »
I think there are several practicals that are also involved in a burnout. Here are five that I've personally experienced as well as have overcome. :)

1) Lack of delegation and building up of new leaders
2) Inability to find an outlet outside of ministry that allows them to feel happy and be emotionally healthy
3) Unclear expectations that create unnecessary stress (from themselves, their congregants, and leaders.)
4) Misplaced Priorities in managing the church
5) Low performance in Tithing, in congregant engagement, and in staff involvement
6) Unclear goals & vision.

Praying for all pastors experiencing burnout!

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Re: Why Do Ministers Burn Out?
« Reply #12 on: Fri Oct 09, 2015 - 10:08:12 »
Bless you !

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Re: Why Do Ministers Burn Out?
« Reply #13 on: Tue Oct 13, 2015 - 01:08:13 »
Thanks! :) You too!

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Re: Why Do Ministers Burn Out?
« Reply #14 on: Sun Oct 18, 2015 - 11:06:49 »
Why do shepherd boys in the middle east fall into a dead sleep 2 min. after dinner ? Why, when they lose a sheep or 2/2 wild dogs do the mope & feel like failures ? What part of this is a silly; self explanatory question has U folks flummoxed ? Sounds 2 me like a lot of(A) 2 much free time. (B) I'm jump into any debate just 2 pontificate. & (C) C'mon; Cousins,ain't U got sompin' better 2 do ? Go outdoors, pass out some Bible tracts, try'n save some o'tha lost. If ter quibblin' about 'why preachers burnout you obviously ain't 1.Go walk yer dog,go walk yer neighbors dog.  B/Ye blessed-1 & all !....marty

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« Reply #15 on: Sun Oct 18, 2015 - 11:12:42 »
Why do shepherd boys in the middle east fall into a dead sleep 2 min. after dinner ? Why, when they lose a sheep or 2/2 wild dogs do the mope & feel like failures ? What part of this is a silly; self explanatory question has U folks flummoxed ? Sounds 2 me like a lot of(A) 2 much free time. (B) I'm jump into any debate just 2 pontificate. & (C) C'mon; Cousins,ain't U got sompin' better 2 do ? Go outdoors, pass out some Bible tracts, try'n save some o'tha lost. If ter quibblin' about 'why preachers burnout you obviously ain't 1.Go walk yer dog,go walk yer neighbors dog.  B/Ye blessed-1 & all !....marty


 ::pondering::    Sounds like you are burned out.

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Re: Why Do Ministers Burn Out?
« Reply #16 on: Mon Nov 07, 2016 - 12:22:47 »
I had a great mentor. Dr Phil Levin, he taught me practice good self care.  He stressed that I must maintain my private study time and prayer time. Dr Levin has guided many a seminary student and young pastor.  I learned more from serving as his associate than I did in seminary! For you young ministers out there...self care is important. As it was told to me, we can not help others if we are not spiritually fit ourselves. this includes taking time off to rest. 

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Re: Why Do Ministers Burn Out?
« Reply #17 on: Mon Nov 07, 2016 - 12:32:39 »
Dear All,

The reason many ministers burn out, or become exhausted while they are performing the ministry, is because they do not trust the Holy Spirit to run their churches.

Maybe they burn out because they get tired of spouting all that worthless pseudo-Christian claptrap?


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Re: Why Do Ministers Burn Out?
« Reply #18 on: Mon Nov 07, 2016 - 12:34:39 »
Dear All,

The reason many ministers burn out, or become exhausted while they are performing the ministry, is because they do not trust the Holy Spirit to run their churches.

Maybe they burn out because they get tired of spouting all that worthless pseudo-Christian claptrap?

I am the son of a preacher man.  I think a lot of burnout happens because pew sitters can be a pain in the rear.

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« Reply #19 on: Mon Nov 07, 2016 - 13:26:30 »


I am the son of a preacher man. 


This brings back memories of my early teen years and our preacher who had three boys - the middle son was exceptionally fine.  ::involve::


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Re: Why Do Ministers Burn Out?
« Reply #20 on: Mon Nov 07, 2016 - 17:37:35 »
I think one of the main reasons a pastor burns out, is because somewhere in the midst of sermon preparation, teaching SS classes, Wed. night sessions, visitation, doing funerals and weddings, counseling, working on evangelism outreach and discipleship, overseeing church finances, being a good husband/wife and father/mother; they allow themselves to grow lean in their own personal relationship with God, for "lack of time." When a pastor's intimacy with God suffers, they soon break down, because a person cannot do the work of God in the flesh. We need the presence of God, the power of God, and the purpose of God, to rule in us, and be fresh in our personal lives on a daily basis, in order to stay spiritually healthy. I know this by experience.

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