Ministry Quiz: Is Stress Turning You Into a “Zombie Pastor”?

Ministry stress, disappointments and pressure sometimes seemed to sap my soul of life, energy and joy.

Ministry Quiz: Is Stress Turning You Into a "Zombie Pastor"?

Zombies are big today. Big budget movies, popular TV shows,  commercials and even zombie action figures have invaded our culture. Even before they became popular, when someone said, ‘I feel like a zombie,” we knew what they meant…they felt exhausted, lifeless, listless, and were simply going through the motions. How do you know if ministry stress has made you a zombie pastor? In this post you can find out. As a pastor for over 35 years, at times I’ve felt like a zombie pastor. Ministry stress, disappointments and pressure sometimes seemed to sap my soul of life, energy and joy.

So how do you know if you are a zombie pastor? Take the Pastor Zombie Zone Quiz. (Tweet this quote here)

The Zombie Zone Pastor Quiz1. Question

  1. I look forward to the end of the day more than the beginning of the day.

  2. My devotional seem seems mostly rote that I’m just going through the motions.

  3. My mind often wanders into negative territory.

  4. I seem to be physically and mentally tired a lot.

  5. I seem to lack motivation for ministry that I once had.

  6. I seem to mindlessly surf the web and play around on social media.

  7. I spend lots of time in front of the TV.

  8. My joy in ministry is not what it used to be.

  9. When I’m with my family, I’m often mentally pre-occupied with church stuff.

  10. I seem to be in a mental fog.

Here’s what your scores mean.

  • 0-20%: You probably just need a few days of rest.
  • 30-50%: Your leadership is probably being hindered.
  • 50%+: You are ready to try out for the TV show The Walking Dead

If you scored 30 percent or higher on this quiz, it’s probably time to take an inventory of your priorities, time and stress management, and body care. In my next post I suggest ways to get out of the zombie zone.

What has helped you get out of the zombie zone?

This article originally appeared here.

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.Leadership/dp/0830841091/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413839302&sr=8-1&keywords=people-pleasing+pastors"> People Pleasing Pastors: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Approval Motivated Leadership (IVP).