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Defeating Discouragement and Burnout—1 Kings 19

A recent survey revealed:

  • 1 of 3 feels burned out within the first 5 years of ministry
  • 75% have reported a significant crisis due to stress at least once in their ministry.

Pastors need to take this area seriously and develop a Theology of Self-Care. Carl George: "One in five pastors is physically and/or emotionally 'burned out.' He or she hasn't stopped functioning altogether yet, but pastors who are burned out have lost the zest for ministry; they 'go through the motions' day after day; but with little joy, and with greatly reduced capability for effective service. The sad part of this is that pastors who burn out are among our most dedicated and committed clergy.

The hopeful part is that pastoral burnout can be avoided, and, if caught in time, can usually be remedied." This session is a wonderful study on how to recover from and/or prevent burnout. We will study the life of Elijah just before and after Mount Carmel. It is a model for all who are in helping professions/ministries. It is also a very personal study of how God cares and ministers to a dispirited prophet, i.e., a person who has faithfully followed the Lord and is now discouraged, defeated, and maybe burned out.

Read more in "Lessons in the Desert; Defeating Discouragement—1 Kings 19"