Did You Know – Taking Care of Yourself
I was recently reading a White Paper from Vanderbloemen Search Group that talked about their research around avoiding burnout in ministry. What struck me about the paper was the need for leaders to make sure they are caring for themselves. I know each of you and I know how you devote completely to your churches and the people in them. So when I read the article I had an ah-ha moment and started to worry about each of you and your risk for burnout. So this DYKS is about you taking care of you as shared in the white paper 10 Ways to Prevent Burnout in Ministry.
In this very busy time of the church calendar, will you take the time to care for yourself?
Take Care of Yourself
A church is only as healthy as its leaders
1. Take care of your soul
Jesus taught us that the Christian life is “inside out.” Proverbs 4 says “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Nothing is more important than guarding the attitude of your heart. Set aside time for personal Bible study, fellowship with family and close friends, and use the Sabbath to refuel and center yourself and your walk with the Lord.
2. Take Care of Your Body
Getting the body well contributes to the well being of your soul as well. One study found that when a group of people suffering from mild to moderate depression exercised for at least 20 minutes 3 times a week, they were significantly less depressed 5 weeks later. The benefits were immediate and were maintained as long as they kept on exercising. Make healthy living – eating, exercising, and sleeping – a priority.
3. Take Care of Your Mind
Learning inspires growth and innovation. Read a new book on your area of ministry, take a Bible class, and attend leadership conferences. It’s difficult to feel stagnant or burnt out in your ministry when you’re being challenged to try new things.
Taking time away to refocus and be refreshed is not optional – it is vital for your health and longevity in ministry. Perhaps you’re suffering from burnout because this has not been a priority for you in the past. If you’re new to the discipline of rest, try this: rest 1 day every week, 1 weekend every month, 1 week every year, 1 month every 5 years. Whether or not this guideline works for you, establishing regular, scheduled rest is a must. Is it time for you to take a sabbatical? Do you set aside the Sabbath to truly rest? If you preach on Sundays, are you using Mondays to recuperate?
10 Ways to Prevent Burnout in Ministry
by: William Vanderbloemen
Vanderbloemen Research Group