It’s time to pivot
Have you ever headed down a certain path and realized it’s close, but not quite the right one? You’re moving forward with a vision for your church and while it’s not terribly off-track, you can tell it’s still not right on-target. That’s where I’ve been recently.
Over the last few years, I’ve said that I want to help accelerate the vision of church leaders and help them cultivate healthy churches. Both statements are true but incomplete.
What I’m most passionate about is helping church leaders grow their churches without anyone (themselves, staff, or volunteers) burning out.
Here’s the deal:
I know what it’s like to love the ministry but be frustrated, hurt, and confused.
I’ve pulled all-nighters, neglected my own health, and started to resent a vision that wasn’t supported with practical resources or organization.
Oh, and I made plenty of mistakes along the way.
Through various conversations and reading the accounts of others, I know I’m not alone in this type of experience.
I’ve also seen the statistics and heard the stories of pastors who’re burning out under the pressure and strain of unrealistic expectations (either that they have of themselves, from others, or both). Pastors, staff members, and volunteers are leaving ministry hurt, frustrated, and wondering where God was in the whole mess. It’s heart breaking to hear their stories…especially when those stories didn’t have to turn out that way.
One impact of burnout that doesn’t get much press is the downstream effect.
If a pastor burns out, many people in addition to the pastor are impacted. His family feels the strain. The staff senses the lack of energy and increased tension in the air. Volunteers will start to notice and the congregation is impacted as well. People wonder, “If my pastor can’t do this than how could I?”
The same holds true for staff or volunteers who burn out. They might feel like they’re failing God. They may become disillusioned with the church and even start to question their faith.
Fortunately, burnout is preventable…but prevention may require us to pivot.
Churches can grow and even big vision can be realized without driving people into the ground. Ministry is still challenging work, but it doesn’t have to rob you of your joy, your health, your family, or the church you love.
I’ve noticed four key things that create frustration in ministry and contribute to burnout:
- Big vision with a lack of understanding in what it will take to make it happen
- A lack of organization and planning behind-the-scenes
- Staff afraid to speak up and say they’re struggling under the workload
- Pastors feeling the pressure for numbers to always be trending “up and to the right” and that pressure trickling down to their staff and volunteers
Here’s what we can do about it:
I’m going to offer every bit of preventative medicine I can muster to help you keep burnout from happening to you or to your church team.
Since I’m wired for details and have plenty of experience bringing organization to chaos, I can best serve by providing practical tips and tools to help you get the administrative aspects of running your church in order.
Most of what I’ll cover will be geared towards Executive Pastors, Church Business Administrators, and new Senior Pastors who could use some guidance on getting the organizational aspect of their church under control.
I love the local church and want to see pastors, staff members, and volunteers serve together to honor God and build His church. I can’t solve every leadership or organizational issue. However, I’ll know I’m doing what God has led me to do when I’m pouring my best out to grow healthy churches with zero burnout.
With that in mind…
Use the form below to sign up for my new, free Growing Church..Zero Burnout email course. You’ll receive nine practical lessons over a 4-week period. That’s one lesson every few days so you have time to take action. Sign up today to grow your church with zero burnout.