If you feel drained, it’s normal. Working for the church is draining but it can also be fulfilling. You just need to know how to heal anytime you have been scarred.
While the temptation might be to grab a bag of chips, watch a Sylvester Stallone movie and then eat a bowl of ice cream (Okay, maybe that’s just me), there are better ways to recover from the pain and endure the journey by:
Everyone wants to be the leader until they actually have to lead. When you are in charge it means making tough decisions and overcoming obstacles. You aren’t always liked and that can be exhausting.
Whether you chose to be a leader or the responsibility fell in your lap you need to know how to endure. To overcome the challenges, hardships, obstacles and heartbreak that come with leading you will need to:
Does your family come first? Take a moment and think about it. I’m willing to bet there have been times when you’ve had to choose work over them. I’m sure there have been those moments where you unintentionally took them for granted.
If that’s happened to you join the club. It happens and sometimes it’s unavoidable. However, if you want to stay in ministry for the long haul you have to learn how to navigate family and work. A few lessons I’ve learned to help me do this are to:
Maybe it’s been a parent chewing you out or a volunteer giving you critiques you didn’t want to hear, we’ve all faced criticism that leaves us feeling empty.
While you might want to fight back the best thing you can do is stay positive. Stay positive and develop a plan that will help you diffuse the situation. 5 Steps that have helped me stay positive are:
You ever feel like a punching bag? Maybe it’s after a parent has just torn you apart, the pastor isn’t happy with your progress or a teen literally punched you. You want to fight back, but you just don’t know how.
The balance between humility and humiliation can sometimes be blurry. You want to embrace the struggle that comes with church ministry, but the emotional, mental and sometimes physical pain can be too much.