Thursday, July 26, 2007
Q&A #5: Fried?
(Before reading this post and jumping in on the conversation, please check out the explanation of the Q/A Series I posted on Read Here First! on July 10, 2007...it will help you understand a little more. Thanks!)
OP (brought to the table by my friend Steve):
Christian musician/recording artist Saun Groves recently taught about the situations that can lead to ministry burnout, and how to address them. Shaun questions whether the "model" of many church infrastructures, and the culture's influence, may be adding fuel to the fire. But there's more to it than that. How can we help one another prevent/recover from burnout? Here's a segment from Shaun's blog, www.shlog.com:
"....I got up late and “taught” about burn-out. Really, I’m getting paid to tell my story and remind folks of some very basic things I stopped believing and doing that left me physically, relationally and spiritually unhealthy. Afterwards, several people came by to tell me their story. A pastor’s wife, a single music minister working two other jobs as well, a seminary student wishing they taught this basic stuff in school - all burned out or believing they’re headed that way. It was rewarding to say something so simple and see immediate results - people feeling less alone and weird than before, people resolving to quit jobs or ask for a more clear job description, people vowing to take a vacation or take their wife out on a date. These aren’t world changing resolutions but they could save a marriage, extend the life of a person, build a better dad and a healthier church.
The thing I kept thinking was “Is there something inherently unhealthy about our current church model in America?” The problem of burnout is so rampant, it seems, that it makes me wonder. Is the problem how we respond to the model we have or is the problem the model itself? Or is it a combination of the two? What do you think?"