Avoid Ministry BurnoutPosted on: June 26, 2018
Those of us who have worked in the nonprofit world know that our job duties tend to go far beyond our title. Passion drives us to pour our heart into our work. Adrenaline keeps us moving full speed ahead! After a while, though, you start to feel the strain. Soon, you find yourself on the path to ministry burnout.
To avoid burnout, follow these tips:
Work with purpose
This tends to be easy for people working for a non-profit. Being called into a ministry is exciting and knowing that the work you do impacts the Kingdom is its own reward.
Perform a job analysis
More often than not, we tend to be in a cycle of doing certain projects a certain way simply because it is how it has always been done. Taking some time to analyze a project before you start results in a more efficient management of that project. It always amazes me as to how much time you can actually save on a project by taking a couple of hours at the on-set to properly plan. Plus, it is quite satisfying to cross off unnecessary tasks 😉
Enjoy a hobby
It is important to have outside interests from your work to ensure you do not get into a cycle of mundane. Whether you volunteer at your church, upcycle old furniture, garden, enjoy laser tag, play in a band, go ax throwing (it’s a thing, trust me!)… find something completely unrelated to your work to help balance the work-life scale.
Take control of your time
Planning is so important to avoiding burnout. Taking time to plan your day/week/project allows you to actively take control of your schedule rather than your work controlling you. Yes, I know that unexpected things occur sometimes, but after you get into the practice of planning, these moments truly become fewer and fewer and you end up being less stressed because of them.
Get more exercise
When you exercise, you release endorphins which, in essence, makes you happy! 🤗 Find an activity that you like and make a point to do it at least a little bit every day! Take your dog for a hike in the woods, get out the kayak and go for a ride, or do a quick blogilates video in your living room — just do something! It is not only good for your body, it’s great for your mind.
Being called to work in ministry is a wonderful blessing. Therefore, we must make a point to keep ourselves in top shape in order to do the best job we can do and avoid ministry burnout.
Have a good one!