“As leaders, we are never responsible for filling anyone else's cup. Our responsibility is to empty ours.”
– Andy Stanley
I love this quote from Andy Stanley. It’s a reminder I believe a lot of church and ministry leaders need to hear. Unfortunately, most church leaders today are running on empty.
Burnout is an epidemic that’s crippling ministry effectiveness across the country. The good news is that more and more church leaders are starting to wake up to the fact that ministry burnout is a real thing and something needs to be done. The bad news is that nothing much is changing.
The statistics are staggering…
- 1,500 pastors across the country leave their churches each month due to some sort of spiritual burnout, moral failure, or ministry tension.
- Half of today’s church leaders would leave ministry if they could, but feel like they don’t have any other way to make a living.
- 80 percent of our future church leaders, seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry, will leave the ministry within the first five years.
There’s no denying that the daily responsibilities and stresses of ministry can be overwhelming. However, after talking with dozens of friends and church leaders who’ve experienced burnout over the years, there’s one underlying cause….
What’s causing ministry burnout?
From my experience, there’s one factor that every church leader who has experienced burnout shares: they never found their own community. Most ministry leaders focus all their energy on getting people plugged into community and the ‘tribe’ of the local church, but they never take the time to find a tribe of their own. Then they wonder why they experience frustration or feel burnt out.
This is something you experience even when you’re surrounded by a staff of incredibly talented ministry leaders. Maybe you’ve found that well-meaning coworkers can be great friends, but often lack the specific skills and background necessary to fully relate to the challenges you face in your ministry area. Even though you are surrounded by other people who are passionate about ministry, you feel like you’re on an island.
Have you found your tribe?
This is an issue that’s been on the hearts of our team at Church Community Builder for years. But we didn’t want to just throw something together. We wanted to be intentional about creating a place where church leaders can learn, connect, and grow in their specific areas of ministry.
If you’ve ever had doubts about the impact you’re making or experienced frustration because no one seems to be able to answer your specific ministry questions, joining your Tribe might be the most beneficial ministry decision you make.
What’s the one thing that’s keeping you back from finding your tribe?