At DNA Life, we have a passion to see Pastors and Ministers do well in the ministry. There are too many Pastors who feel pressured, tired of the ministry, too “old”, wanting to quit, or possibly even been totally burned out? I wonder, how much fun are you finding the ministry? What strategies are you putting into place to ensure you can run the race and make it to the finish? At DNA Life, our desire is to see you equipped to run well, and to make it to the finish line. Contacting us may bring about the breath of fresh air that you need.
As a minister, there are often an incredible amount of pressures banging on your door. Boundaries are often a luxury you feel that don’t have. There are people demanding your time, pressures of the ministry, sermons for your Sunday services need to be prepared. The list goes on an on.
Nearly every person who goes into the ministry, does so thinking that they are indestructible, and that even though so many pastors burn out, they will not be one of them. The truth of the matter is that you don’t have to be a statistic.
We have placed some simple questions here for you to answer internally. No one is going to judge you on your answer. In fact, there is no “right” or “wrong” answer. The questions are here to prompt you to ask yourself how you are tracking for the long haul. As these questions are for your benefit only, answer them as honestly as you can, without justifying your answer. Remember, your first answer is usually the correct one.
How successfully do you manage the balance of ministry and family? Who gets your ‘best’ time. Who are you accountable to? On a scale of 1-10, (where 10 is perfect, and 1 is poor) where would you rate: Your personal relationship with God... Your marriage... Your family... How easily can you say, ‘Yes’ and ‘No’... Your use of a support person/team... Your physical health... Time allocated for your own personal outlets and hobbies? If you continue running as you are, will you still be running strong at the same speed and strength in 5 or 10 years? What about 1-3 years?
The Fuller Institute of Church Growth surveyed 1000 Pastors, and their results may surprise you:
90% of pastors work in excess of 6 days per week. 90% felt that they were not adequately trained to cope with the ministry demands placed upon them. 80% believe that pastoral ministry is affecting their families negatively. 75% have reported a significant crisis due to stress at least once in their ministry. 70% of pastors do not have someone they would consider a close friend. 70% have a lower self-image after they’ve pastored than before they started. 50% felt unable to meet the needs of the job. 40% reported a serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a month. 37% have been involved in inappropriate sexual behavior with someone in the church. 33% say that being in ministry is clearly a hazard to their families.
You may well see yourself in some or all of the areas mentioned above. We have already asked this, but it is worth asking again - What strategies are you putting into place to ensure you can run the race and make it to the finish?
Our heart is to see you survive and do well. Contact Us today to discuss how we can help you run the race to the finish.