You may or may not have heard of Father Peter Norden, founder of a large social justice agency in Australia called Jesuit Social Services and a well-known Prison Chaplain down under. He recently announced his resignation from the ministry after 40 years, citing burnout. Interesting juxtaposition,...

I recently read a great paper available from Leadership Network on how Pastors in their 20's and 30's are dealing with the stress and strain of ministry life. It was an excellent read and encouraging to hear that these guys are thinking much differently than...

It has been stated throughout the unfolding of the circumstance for South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford that he often would retreat after legislative sessions because they would wear him out. Retreating and refreshing is good, but at some point, Mark made some dangerous decisions about...

There's an interesting conversation posted over here between Erwin McManus and Dave Gibbons. In it, they share the following on pastoral burnout: ________________________________ How to avoid burnout? Erwin: Not the bible that helps someone live a moral life (it’s when people are truly connected to Jesus) There are lots...

Summer brings with it all of its splendor and, hopefully, the anticipation of some down time with family and friends. How are you facing it this year? Are you excited about, ready for some time to refresh relationships, maybe see some friends or family you...

The news has sadly been circulating the internet over the last couple days regarding the confession of Pastor Gary Lamb at his blog of an affair with his assistant. There's already enough opinion flying around about who is for who, who hasn't said what and...

I just arrived in New York City, Queens as a matter of fact. I am excited for this year's Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Conference. I plan on live blogging and Twittering highlights, so follow along! On the blog, I'm using CoverItLive and as for Twitter, follow me...

One of the practices I learned about through my burnout experience several years ago is the importance of getting away regularly for the purpose of clearing my head and heart, being with God, and hearing His voice. It's not as intense as it may sound...