Nothing hurts a church more than when its leaders burnout. Burnout is difficult for everyone and it often leads to a perpetuating cycle where new leaders are continually thrown into the fire of ministry only to end up burnt out. Here are three red flags along the way to spiritual burnout.
1. A lack of conviction
Do you know what drives you? Do you know why you do the things that you do? We need to have conviction and clarity about our mission if we are to avoid the road to burnout. Burnout begins when the "how" of ministry becomes more important than the "why."
2. A lack of support
Spiritually burnt out leaders are often found in isolation which is why leaders need to be rooted in a supportive community. A community that will encourage them through the tough times, accept them in their weaknesses, and be supportive and understanding if they need to step back from ministry.
3. Unrealistic expectations
A ministry cannot stand on anyone except Jesus. Let your spiritual leaders guide you, not save you.