How to recover from ministerial burnout 1

This is the second theme of the series “Burnout in the Ministry”. One of the main agents that make it difficult to get out of the crushing spiritual and ministerial stagnation is the pride. Pride is the disguise that surrounds what you want to show about yourself and the fear of rejection for failing in what is required to maintain the appearance of what you still can not be.

Many leaders do not ask for help because they fear being devalued or their popularity going down.In this first part we will focus on 6 vital points to start the recovery process.

1. Accept that you got to the edge.
When you get to the limit that you worry about doing things simply to fulfill and not to enjoy yourself to be glorifying the Lord, it is like to continue running barefoot an endless race that only produces pain and frustration. To accept that you are not in the best conditions and that your days of work with passion have been reduced to the minimum, is the first step to begin your restoration.

2. Stop, it’s time to simplify the agenda and delegate.
For a long time, bulky agendas have represented a state of “being important”, the problem is not in recording what should be done, but in being organized. Just as you spend time dreaming, you should also take time to separate the tasks in stages and delegate so as not to be sterile in ministry. A ministry is to work as a team and not for the glory of someone in particular.

3. Seek help.
Approach people of trust and faith to ask for spiritual support, not simply to accompany you in discouragement by feeding your grievances, but to help you lift in prayer and enliven your faith with words of life. Good relationships are important, it is necessary to communicate in a sincere way the state of your recovery.

4. Rest in God.
It is easy to say this phrase, but living it can become a great battle. To rest in God implies total dependence on His providence, is to place your burdens before Him and submit to His will, waiting confidently for the work He will do.

5. Take a vacation.
You need to sleep well and worry about a healthy diet. You can not take a vacation without having rested in God because you are more likely to not enjoy them and end up more stressed.

6. Do not stop congregating.
Being in a difficult process is not an excuse to stop congregarte, you may take a few days off or a vacation, but it is not advisable to wait to be fully recovered to return, as you could fall into the trap of isolation and embarrassment due to uncertainty Of how they will visualize you.

In our next publication we will discuss other points to take into account to recover from the ministerial wear and tear. None of us are free to go through this process, but we can avoid it in time.



Carlos Muñoz

MICC Director