13 Signs of Pastor Fatigue

Episode #341
June 30, 2017
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Podcast Episode #341

There are danger signs in any vocation. But if you ignore these, it might be more than just your job that you lose—it could be your ministry that’s lost. Thanks again to Chuck Lawless for the post from which these warning signs come.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Living for your days off is a miserable way to live in ministry.
  • If you consistently don’t get enough rest and sleep, you likely won’t produce good results at work.
  • Don’t try to feed the congregation without first feeding yourself.
  • If you’re not happy and content in the work to which God has called you, people will notice. You can’t fake it.
  • Your family is your first line of ministry.
  • Pastors should invest in assistants to help with administrative work.
  • When you work a ministry schedule, you need a system for returning calls and emails.
  • Don’t make friends just to use them as conduits to find your next place of ministry.

The 13 warning signs we cover are:

  1. Living by a “get me through the day” philosophy.
  2. Losing vision.
  3. Developing poor sleep patterns.
  4. Declining spiritual disciplines.
  5. Repeating lessons and sermons.
  6. Faking joy and excitement.
  7. Frustrating family members.
  8. Magnifying minors.
  9. Failing to return emails and phone calls.
  10. Misdirecting affections.
  11. Decreasing exercise.
  12. Focusing on a “grass is greener” syndrome.
  13. Avoiding people who speak truth.

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