Being a pastor or serving on staff in a church or ministry can be difficult. Many pastors suffer from exhaustion, loneliness, and depression resulting from their flock's high expectations and criticism for his lack of gifting, skill, or results. What makes it harder is that his wife and kids know the effort and sacrifices they've made as a family to try and satisfy the church's needs, wants, and demands. In the ministry, a seventy hour work week can be normal, not healthy, but normal. Add sheep that bite, a difficult staff, an unhelpful board, and a hurting family at home and you have a recipe for burning out, dropping out, or even thoughts of suicide. Pastors leave the ministry by the thousands every year because their passion to serve has been dominated by petty politics and their joy has been replaced with sorrow. So, what condition are you in?
I know the painful path of ministry struggles and feelings of failure. And I know this: I had no one to talk to. The few times I risked sharing what was going on in my life, church, and career, I was met with the same skepticism Job received from his advisors. So I pulled back and learned to keep it all inside. I had learned that reaching out just opened me up to more criticism and shame. I needed help sorting it all out. Someone was there for me when I thought I'd never survive. I would like to do the same for you. Let's talk.
* I highly recommend: Care for Pastors at careforpastors.org