Bivocational Pastor Struggle

by George
(Toronto)

Hi,
I've been pastoring a small church for about 10 years now and my wife leads praise and worship. Well since the church is small we are not getting any salary from it. We both have secular full-time jobs. So recently I've started experiencing symptoms of both stress (at my secular job) and burn-out (at church) so it's rather combustive mix... So I'd say I have a full house))) I'd begun to study this issue and read a lot of books (that were really good and I highly recommend them to all pastors and leaders)by Wayne Cordeiro (Leading On Empty), all books by Archibald Hart, John Sanford, David Augsburger, Mad Church Disease etc. But still the only option I have is to either leave my secular job (which is impossible) or my church pastor ministry. That's a tough choice but it would be nice to have a couple of months to recuperate... or even a year.

Pray to the Lord about guidance since I'm not sure what to do. I don't want to leave church but on the other hand I'm extremely tired and exhausted. I had a nervous breakdown when I was 28 so my nervous system is not very well. I've been able to cope with doctor's help, relaxation techniques and some medication but still deep down inside I feel that I simply don't have enough time to be with the Lord, just go to park doing nothing just ruminating about His glory, watching trees and birds and giving Him praise and glory.

I'm pretty confident He'll provide the solution.

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