Overcoming Stress and Burnout in Life and Ministry – An interview with Carey Nieuwhof

Episode #720
October 26, 2021
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Stress, burnout, and being overcommitted and overworked have become a part of everyday life for many people. But, what can you do about it? On today’s episode, Thom and Sam talk with Carey Nieuwhof about how to reclaim margin in your busy life.

1. Almost everyone, including pastors and church leaders, feels overwhelmed, overcommitted, and overworked. How did we end up here as a culture?

2. You write that people get caught up in a Stress Spiral. Can you explain what the Stress Spiral is and what it does to people?

3. Burnout is becoming an epidemic in our culture. What’s at stake if people don’t change and start living at a sustainable pace?

4. You argue that vacations and Sabbaticals aren’t enough. Why not? What do you mean?

5. As a pastor, it is often hard to say “no.” How do you say no to people nicely, without losing friends or influence?

Carey Nieuwhof is a bestselling leadership author, speaker, podcaster, and former attorney. He hosts one of today’s most influential leadership podcasts. His podcast, blog and online content are accessed by leaders over 1.5 million times each month. He speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change, and personal growth. 

His new book, At Your Best, outlines a detailed, proven strategy on how to get time, energy, and priorities working in your favor. It’s designed to help leaders move past being constantly overwhelmed, overcommitted, and overworked and reclaim margin in their lives.

Carey and his wife, Toni, live north of Toronto, Canada.




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