Overcoming Pastoral Burnout — Rainer on Leadership #011

Podcast Episode #011

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This week, we discuss a recent post on the blog dealing with how to overcome pastoral burnout. Burnout is a real and present danger to those in ministry, and these 12 tips will help you or your pastor know when to recognize burnout and how to overcome it.

Listener Questions

Tom asks: Why do leaders/pastors quit?

Fred asks: When a pastor is bivocational and works another full-time job on top of his church responsibilities how can he accomplish his calling of preaching the word, equipng the saints for ministry, and meet all the expectations of the membership while at the same time be a good husband and father to his family?

Rex asks:  Should Pastors take refresh classes or time for refreshing after a certain number of years in minstry?

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  1. says

    Thank you Dr Rainer for investing your time in pastors like me through this podcast, books and social media/articles. These 12 tips were very practical and positive – lots of grace and transparency on your part. I’m glad I listened to the end b/c my favorite nugget was, “Your family is your first level of ministry.”

    • Thom Rainer says

      Thanks Mark. I once heard a pastor preach on the principles of the sabbath. I learned a lot from that message.

  2. says

    Dear Thom: I love your teachings on leadership. They are needed in the local church. Thank you for giving of your time and talents. They speak to a multitude of folk. I have frequently posted your blogs or retweeted them.

    It might be time to consider to include women in the ministry in your discussions. I am an evangelical female pastor of a country chuch that is growing. I m passionate about leading the church and beleive this is exactly where God has called me to be. The chuch I currently serve was dying under the previous three male pastors, under my leadership that boat is turning around.

    As I have referred your posts to some of my friends some of the comments I get are, “Does he not recognize that women are effectively leading turn around churches?” Only you can answer that. In all four gospels the first preacher of the Good Newes was Mary Magdelane. She seemed to do a pretty good job to start the ball rolling.
    If you truly want to reach all church leadership it might be time to use inclusive language of men and women when speaking of pastors who are leading, teaching and preaching. Thanks for prayerfully considering this, and many blessings.
    Rev. Sarah B. Dorrance

    • Thom Rainer says

      Sarah –

      First, thank you for your kind spirit. That says a lot about you. Second, women pastors are welcome at this blog. Indeed I am humbled that anyone would be willing to read my material.

      My theological belief is complementarianism rather than egalitarianism. I don’t mean to offend those who hold a different view; I have apologized on a previous post if my writings have hurt people. I am deeply troubled when I cause pain to others.

      I will try to be more sensitive to this issue, but I can’t compromise my beliefs. I know that you would hold fast to your own beliefs as well.

      By the way, thanks for the kind words about my blog. I really do hope you will keep reading it

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