Are you in ministry and find yourself exhausted from it all? Do you struggle creating boundaries? Do you want a day off? You are in the right place!
The Women in Ministry United podcast is for women who want to break free from overwhelm, lead with focus, and have time for things outside of ministry.
Compassion fatigue is a reality for many caregivers in ministry. In this episode I sit down with Laura Howe from Hope Made Strong as she shares her insights and strategies on how you can tell if compassion fatigue is affecting you and what you can do about it.
Laura defines compassion fatigue as "the physical and mental erosion, the wearing down, of your hope, empathy, and compassion." It is something that develops overtime and can compromise our compassion for others as well as ourselves.
Compassion fatigue is not a sin, failure, or weakness. It is a result of being a caring person and doing good work. It shows up when we haven't had the opportunity to refuel.
Laura loves to equip you and your ministry team as you support and care for others in your community. Founder of Hope Made Strong and the Church Mental Health Summit Laura is a mental health clinician and community...
Have you considered quitting ministry?
If you have, you’re not alone. There are many pastors and ministry leaders who are considering whether or not it is time to go.
A 2013 study from the Schaefer Institute reported that 1700 pastors leave the ministry each month, citing depression, burnout, or being overworked as the primary reasons. In 2019 a summary of surveys from Fuller Institute, Barna and Pastoral Care Inc. showed that 1500 clergy leave pastoral ministry every month. And just last week I saw a church leadership expert take a poll asking, “have you considered quitting in the last 14 months?” And a resounding 77% answered, “yes!”
Thousands of pastors around the United States and around the world are ready to quit.
What do you do if you are burned out in ministry? If ministry has wounded you, if you’re running on empty, if you are flat-out spent...what happens now? Do you quit? Do you just suck it up buttercup? What’s next? What are your options?
We seldom have honest and open conversations about what can happen to you in ministry if you aren’t careful, let alone, what to do if you are falling off the edge of the cliff. I’m not sure why burnout and fatigue are taboo subjects and virtually ignored.
The fact is, we’re human. We have our limits. God made us that way. We don’t have to be afraid of our limitations. We don’t have to fear our need to stop, and yet we keep going. We don’t want to show anything that could be seen as weakness. We keep pushing, we keep producing, we keep doing, we keep responding.
A woman in full...
According to research, roughly ninety-one percent of pastors have experienced some form of burnout. Eighty percent don't last ten years in ministry, and for those that leave, almost ninety percent site burnout as their number one reason to stop.
Burnout is prevalent in ministry, regardless of your position or the organization in which you serve but it is a dangerous trend that very few are talking about. In this episode, Jen has a very candid conversation about the emotional, physical, and spiritual state of women in ministry.
I didn't know what I was getting into when I began my ministry. I had not spent much time "behind the curtain" and was surprised to find that many people in the congregation I led were still exploring a relationship with Jesus. It seemed strange that after being in the church for so long, they could be in this stage, but it also was exciting. People were hungry to know Jesus intimately. I immediately kicked it into high gear and poured myself completely into helping them.
It all seemed like a worthy cause. What else could be more significant than to walk alongside a group that is actively seeking the Lord? But as time went by, I found myself giving up other pieces of me. I didn't spend much time cultivating relationships with friends outside of the church. I didn't take time to rest. I left books that were not related to ministry on the shelf. I skimped on my time with the Lord. There was always a good reason to keep on serving.
I began to believe that this was the cross of ministry...
This free guide shares tips to lay a solid foundation and gives you practical strategies that you can put into place in order to free up margin in your week and stay on track!