Psychologist Dr. Richard Blackmon finds pastors to be “the single most occupationally frustrated group in America” resulting in 30 to 40% of them dropping out of ministry altogether.
Members of the clergy suffer from higher rates of obesity, depression and hypertension. And 25% of them do not know where to turn when they have a family or personal conflict or issue. (Request information about confidential marriage coaching for those in ministry or marriage coaching training for your church)
Pastors need safe, unconditional acceptance and participation in true, transparent Christian community. If they don’t have this security amidst the frustrations, the likelihood of burnout increases.
How do you know if you are on the verge of Burnout?
The Mayo Clinic has listed Signs of Burnout:
— Being overly cynical or critical.
— Having a hard time getting started on an assignment.
— Behaving irritably.
— Lacking the energy to be consistently productive.
— Lacking satisfaction from achievements.
— Appearing disillusioned or expressing disillusionment.
— Using food, drugs or alcohol to feel better or simply to not feel.
— Changed sleeping or eating habits.
— Suffering from unexplained headaches, backaches or other physical complaints.
The Downward Spiral: What happens during burnout
— Burnout causes inefficiency.
— Inefficiency creates increasing demands.
— Demands create pressure and guilt for not achieving.
— Added pressure and guilt causes stress.
— Stress causes depletion of energy and drive…which in turn causes inefficiency.
How to help yourself
— Develop relationships and hobbies outside of the church.
— End bad relationships.
— Have fun on purpose.
— Consider getting a Leadership Coach for accountability and momentum.
— Do things you wish you could do.
— Walk away when needed.
— Take time for yourself and those you love.
— Pray and Laugh. And if you can’t…find someone who will help you do that.
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Susan Malphurs is the Executive Vice President of the Malphurs Group, an HR, Outreach, Church Leadership consultant, blogger at malphursgroup.com/blog, wife, mother, and grandmother. (@susanmalphurs) When Susan isn’t involved in serving pastors and churches with the Malphurs Group church consulting firm, she enjoys reading, exploring the “foodie” options in Dallas, TX, and doing anything that involves her grandchildren.