Recent studies reveal that pastors and ministry leaders are struggling in the work of the ministry more than we might imagine for people called to do God’s work. Many are discouraged, disappointed, defeated, and depressed. Pastors are dropping out of ministry at alarming rates—upwards of 1,700 annually. Ninety percent state that they feel overworked and inadequately trained to cope with ministry demands. Eighty percent believe ministry has negatively affected their families. Fifty percent are so discouraged they would leave ministry if they had another way to support their families.
Pastors and ministry leaders need help to face the intense level of struggle that threatens to take many out of ministry.
In Part 2 of this webinar, our guests Steve Maybee and Jody Hesler honestly share insights learned from their personal experiences with burnout as well as their training as therapists. Jody and Steve have experienced the trauma of ministry burnout and are passionate about the wounded shepherds they serve at Alongside Ministries, a ministry devoted to caring for and restoring broken and wounded shepherds.
To listen to the audio recording from the live webinar event, click the link: Overcoming Ministry Burnout: Understanding the Healing Process (Part 2-Audio).
To watch the video recording from the live webinar event, click the link: Overcoming Ministry Burnout: Understanding the Healing Process (Part 2-Video).
To download the PowerPoint from the webinar, click the link: Overcoming Ministry Burnout: Understanding the Healing Process (Part 2) PDF.
Our Daily Bread Ministries’ Discovery Series booklet The Strength of Weakness by Pastor Dan Schaeffer is available for you to download free by clicking on the booklet title above.
David Roper, a pastor to pastors, wrote a book to shepherd other pastors’ hearts in the ministry. To get a free PDF download of an excerpt of his book from Discovery House Publishers, A Burden Shared, click the title link: A Burden Shared.
Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion is a book written by Wayne Cordeiro, a successful pastor who personally experienced burnout and wrote about it. Alongside Ministries recommends this book to anyone struggling with ministry burnout.
You can also visit the Alongside Ministries website for more helpful information about the programs they offer to help wounded shepherds and their families heal from ministry burnout at: http://www.alongsidecares.net. Alongside Ministries has also provided a link to a test that will allow you to determine your level of risk for burnout. Click the link: TEST.
For further resources from Our Daily Bread Ministries to help you as a ministry leader, click the link: Church Life.