I've been called to serve the Lord in a small town. I was a lay minister for a while, and as the church could not afford to get a full time pastor, I was appointed student pastor. I got myself a full time job in the town, which proved to be very demanding. I also had to study part time. The church demanded me having one Bible study per week, as well as one sermon. Being the only Protestant pastor in town, I got thrown into a lot of counseling as well. My church started to grow, and my overseer (in another town) demanded that I extend our church building. On top of that I am married with small children. Obviously things did not work out. Burnt out within only six months. I downsized, stopped studying, and now I will be a lay minister for life, as I cannot handle not completing my degree, and I cannot bear going back to studying. I am being treated as an unsuccessful student by my congregation, although the requirements is that of a full time pastor. The two jobs I have to keep is literally killing me before I am 40. My secular job is a high stress and very difficult job. I don't even call it burnout, I feel it is way beyond that. Physically I have a range of health issues, mentally I'm tired, very very tired. Emotionally, there is nothing left, I cannot feel any sympathy or empathy any more. . The worse is, I was called, so I keep my smile on for the congregation, but can't do it any more in my house, and they suffer because of it. Can you have pastor burnout within only MONTHS?