Ministry is a 24/7 occupation and can be emotionally and physically taxing. The pace of life, the demands of counseling and public speaking, and the strain of leadership, can drain your spiritual, emotional and physical resources. Burnout is rarely discussed because we often feel that we must have it all together and put on a happy face. No one wants to admit they are feeling weary from the everyday challenges of ministry.
We can be in a thriving ministry and we can be excited about our future, but there are times when ministry can be more drudgery than joy. If you’re reading this and you’re currently battling ministry burnout, you are not alone. Be encouraged and know that it is completely normal and just a season.
In order to combat burnout, we need to focus on who God has created us to be. Living well begins with owning the health of your own soul, body, and mind. Self-care, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual, is not selfish; it is good stewardship.