Your honesty is helpful
Our church just lost it's senior pastor after 4 years. Was it pastor burnout - most probably yes. He was expected to solve all the problems of the congregation and build it bigger and better in a matter of a few short years. No chance to heal existing problems he inherited.
So I got asked to be on the call committee and and am researching Pastor Burnout. Wow, more serious and worse than I thought.
Growing up in a church family I was close to our pastor - babysat his children. Wow, would you believe he got calls 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. His wife and children were expected to be "perfect" and attend and help at every church function. He had 300 bosses. This pastor retired years ago, I learned a lot from him.
The church has now sent out a questionnaire to the members. Less than 5% of the congregation thought the pastor should get more family, recreation and free time.
After reading your articles I feel I understand some of the causes of Pastor Burnout better and I hope that my recommendation to the committee are taken seriously.
I pray for all of you that you find your peace with God.
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