All posts from “Burnout”

Pastors are Fatter, Sicker, & more Depressed

August 6, 2010 12:00 AM

The New York Times is reporting on new research that shows pastors appear to be struggling with health issues--both physical and psychological--more than other Americans. The article reports: "Members of the clergy now suffer from obesity, hypertension and depression at...

Brothers and Sisters, We Kinda Sorta Are Professionals

July 13, 2010 12:00 AM

If there’s one issue that all pastors must wrestle with, beyond how the Gospel applies to their own lives and ministry, it’s the issue of rest and Sabbath. Wait—scratch that. Those are actually the same issue. There was a time...

What Clergy Do Not Need

November 11, 2009 12:00 AM

I do not think clergy need more lectures about self-care. It seems that at every ordination or installation service I attend there is a charge given about clergy self care. One minister stands up and tells another minister that they...

Rob Bell on the Reward of the Tenth Commandment

October 8, 2009 2:28 PM

Rob Bell warned the crowd before he began: “I’ve never talked about some of this publicly but I have a sense that we need to.” So we buckled our seatbelts. He talked about the pastor he met who wanted...

The Gluttony of Time

January 27, 2009 9:20 AM

A paradox has emerged in this new millennium: people have enhanced quality of life, but at the same time they are adding to their stress levels by taking on more than they have resources to handle. It's as though...

Great is Thy Effectiveness?

August 12, 2008 12:00 AM

Something's wrong. We pastors are the stewards, the spokespeople, the advocates of a message of hope, life, and peace. And yet so few of us seem to be experiencing these qualities in our own lives. Something's wrong. In a world...

Out of Context: Mindy Caliguire

May 16, 2007 12:00 AM

"With the performance pressures church leaders face today, it's a wonder more are not flaming out. I wish more churches could talk honestly about the ministry systems that perpetuate the problem. What will have to happen before we change? For...

Caring for the Inner Pastor

February 15, 2007 12:00 AM

Dallas Willard has written about the importance of soul care for those of us in ministry. He says, The call of God to minister the gospel is a high honor and a noble challenge. It carries with it unique opportunities...

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