What Causes Pastor Burn-Out? (repost)
I promise to not be just repost everybody else's stuff, but this post at the Duke Divinity Call & Response blog very succinctly captures some of the bizarro world pastors live in, and I thought it might be a good read for church. Even though we are trying to go after it differently than many churches, it still rings true. A taste:
When we put so much time and energy into preparing pastors for the ministry, isn’t it disconcerting to watch half of them leave within a couple of years?
I have often seen people shrug off the burnout. They figure that the ones who were not tough enough left. But what if it’s the healthy ones who are leaving? I wondered about this, so I asked my Twitter community of pastors (I’m @CarolHoward) about why we fizzle out so quickly. This is the feedback that I heard.