God called us to do a lot of things for Him…but He never called us to burnout on ministry.
My counselor shared a statistic with me two years ago that floored me:
90% of the people entering ministry DO NOT RETIRE from ministry; they either quit or have some sort of moral/ethical failure that disqualifies them.
I’m not a rocket scientist…but I honestly do not believe that is what Jesus called us to OR what He wants for our lives.
AND yet so many of us (church leaders) struggle/wrestle with this (usually inwardly because if we said out loud that we are dying inside, we fear that people may perceive us as weak)!
Here are ten signs that you are near a burnout and/or meltdown…
#1 – You are beginning to despise people, and your compassion for them is continually decreasing rather than increasing.
#2 – You OFTEN think about doing something other than ministry…and your biggest desire isn’t to honor God and reach people but to simply find relief from the pressure that seems to be building daily inside of you.
#3 – You cannot remember the last time you simply had fun with family and friends…and joy is something you talk about but are not experiencing for yourself.