Like many other pastors and spouses, I experience seasons of burnout and exhaustion. I resolve to reach out for peer support from others who understand and can empathize.
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. I Peter 3:9 (NIV)
Like many other pastors and spouses, I experience seasons of distress and discouragement. I resolve to establish peer relationships that can be a source of encouragement when I’m overwhelmed.
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)
Like many other pastors and spouses, I experience seasons of stress, anxiety, depression and burnout. I resolve to pursue appropriate measures that will help maintain my mental and emotional health.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Like many other pastors and spouses, I experience internal conflict and crisis within my church/ministry on a regular basis. I resolve to speak openly with peers about the toll that institutional and interpersonal turmoil takes on my heart, mind and soul.
2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
Like many other pastors and spouses, I experience spiritual attack that makes me susceptible to moral failure. I resolve to pursue peer relationships that allow me to be honest and vulnerable.
“4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
II Corinthians 10:4-5
Like many other pastors and spouses, I experience demands that impinge upon my spiritual, personal and relational life. I resolve to seek Sabbath rest, including regular sabbatical.
24 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength. Isaiah 40:29-31
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29
Like many other pastors and spouses, I experience hardship due to the lack of mental, emotional, relational and spiritual health of congregants. I resolve to gain insight on how mental health conditions and concerns as well as trauma impact my church and community.
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
II Corinthians 1:3-5 (NIV)