Burnout and depression for pastors
In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love. – 2 Corinthians 6:4–6 (NLT)
Many congregations and people in your community are unaware of the hazards of ministry and the constant possibility of burnout or depression for you as the pastor. Burnout and/or depression are no respecters of persons and none of us think we are on the path until we are in the middle of it. Many times when people burn out it isn’t totally because they are trying to do too much or be everything to all people, though sometimes that is the case. Often the factors that lead to burnout are outside your control, however there is still a misconception that burnout is for the weak.