4 Questions Leaders Should Ask to Avoid Burnout

These questions can help us face up to areas that, if left unchecked, have the potential to kill our ministries.

For my second book I commissioned Barna Research, Lifeway Research and Christianity Today to survey almost 2,000 pastors to discover what issues can cause a ministry or a leader’s passion for ministry to die. I based my book on those findings. Out of those findings, four key questions emerged that every spiritual leader should ask him or herself at least once a year.

These questions can help us face up to areas that, if left unchecked, have the potential to kill our ministries, or at best, drain the passion from our souls. Here they are.

1. Do you have a safe person in your life with whom you can process ministry problems and pain?

2. Have you looked deep enough inside to discover what truly bothers you about your ministry?

3. If those who see how you respond to ministry problems were asked to tell you what they thought, would they say you need to make some major changes?

4. To whom and how should you communicate your frustrations (your board, your staff, the church)?

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Charles Stone
Charles Stone is the pastor of West Park Church in Canada. Charles is passionate about the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and Biblical truth. Charles is the author of numerous articles and a handful of books, including Holy Noticing. He and his wife have three adult children and two grandchildren.