The numbers of ministers and business executives that burnout each year is staggering.
The Fuller Institute of Church Growth reported that:
i.90% of pastors work in excess of 6 days per week.
ii. 90% felt that they were not adequately trained to cope with the ministry demands placed upon them.
iii. 80% believe that pastoral ministry is affecting their families negatively.
iv. 75% have reported a significant crisis due to stress at least once in their ministry.
v. 70% of pastors do not have someone they would consider a close friend.
vi. 70% have a lower self-image after they’ve pastored than before they started.
vii. 50% felt unable to meet the needs of the job.
viii. 40% reported a serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a month.
ix. 33% say that being in ministry is clearly a hazard to their families.Church Resource Ministries -1998)
x. At any given time, 75% of pastors in America want to quit.
Do you know someone who has burnt out? I'd be interested in hearing your feedback as to why there are such large numbers of people that burnout each year.
What are your thoughts?
Christmas is a time of celebration, joy, blessing, giving and so much more. Not only that, it’s just around the corner. Our kids still with great excitement count the remaining days by saying, “Only 24 sleeps to go!”
One jolly fellow that is often referred to during this season is ‘Santa’. Children are often told that if they are nice, Santa will bring them a present, and if they are naughty, their name goes on “The List…” and they won’t get a present at all. I wonder how many of us remember hearing that story as children? I remember hearing that and making a sudden change in my behaviour and attitude because I didn’t want to end up with my name on “The List...”
I wonder what would we do if there was a ‘list’ today used to record ‘naughty’ and ‘nice’ leaders? Have you ever considered that a ‘list’ does exist? It is in the mind of each person we come in contact with. John Maxwell says, “A man who says he is a leader, but as nobody following him is just a man out taking a walk.” Whether it is right or not, people are quick to judge and not quick to forget. The way you impact someone the first time will affect how they respond to your leadership. You may possess incredible leadership skills, but permission to lead them can be given by the person themselves. How you treat people will determine whether they give you permission to lead them or not.
Which list will your leadership be on this Christmas? Naughty... or nice…?
Have a blessed and safe Christmas.