Ministry Burnout

Ministry Burnout: A Hurdle, Not the End of Your Calling

Ministry burnout is an emotional, mental, and spiritual state of exhaustion experienced by individuals involved in pastoral and ministerial roles. It manifests as feelings of being overwhelmed, fatigued, and disheartened, often leading to a diminished passion for serving God’s people. This form of burnout can stem from numerous sources, including demanding workloads, challenging congregation dynamics, financial pressures, or personal life challenges. However, it’s crucial to recognize that experiencing ministry burnout doesn’t imply that your calling has extinguished. Read More From Word Partners.

Burnout might make one feel isolated, with some questioning if they are alone in this battle. However, many spiritual leaders, from ancient biblical figures like Elijah to modern pastors, have experienced times of weariness and disillusionment. This demonstrates that even the most fervent servants of God can sometimes feel drained.

In these trying times, it’s essential to remember that God’s grace and strength are unfailing. He can rejuvenate the weary soul and restore passion for the ministry. One of the ways God might guide a struggling individual back to their calling is through continued learning and growth.

The Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) offers free courses designed to rekindle that passion and provide spiritual nourishment. Diving deep into these courses can provide a fresh perspective, reminding one of the very reasons they felt called to serve. Studying God’s word, understanding church history, and learning pastoral care techniques can reignite the fire and passion for ministry.

However, sometimes, the solution to burnout isn’t just about learning; it’s about stepping back and taking a moment to reassess and reaffirm one’s commitment. The Christian Leaders Alliance provides an opportunity for individuals to do just that. By seeking ministerial credentials through the Alliance, one takes a definitive step in confirming their dedication to their calling. This process not only offers a chance for personal reflection but also provides recognition and affirmation from a broader community of faith leaders.

In conclusion, ministry burnout, while challenging, is not a sign of a diminished calling. Instead, it’s a reminder of the very human side of those who serve in the ministry. It’s an indication that even the most dedicated need rest, renewal, and, sometimes, a return to the basics of their faith. By leveraging resources like those at the Christian Leaders Institute and the Christian Leaders Alliance, one can find the restoration they need and the strength to continue embracing and fulfilling their divine calling.

From the Broken Road to the Narrow. Getting Beyond Ministry Burnout

Hello, my name is Jarrett Gonsalves and here’s a sneak peek into God’s repaving of the pathway of my heart and spirit. I’m a father of 3 and a husband to an amazing God-fearing wife. I live in the United States near central Kentuckiana but originally from the Hawaiian Islands. Many have asked how I ended this far inland and the reason could be summarized in one word—military.

As I was growing up, the lifestyle of the military became more of our religion than any faith-based religion that was available. All I knew was historically our family was considered catholic but I had zero understanding what that even meant. To me, it was just yet another organization that a supreme leader and we all follow. That was true until the whispers of Jesus that He spoke over my life since I was a child finally echoed loudly in my ears.

His Still Small Voice

Throughout my life, I had a special Auntie that Jesus just pressed on her heart so much to always speak His name over us. She constantly ushered in His presence by way of prayer, the gifting of my first bible, theological conversations even as a child. I believe at a young age that I had a sweet fondness of Jesus but I really didn’t understand what that meant until I was older. His whispers then were faint but evident.

Finally, our family settled into our last duty station in Kentucky. I was entering 8th grade at this point in time and a family friend invited our family to a baptist church. We never attended church other than catholic mass sporadically throughout my childhood; so I wasn’t sure what to think. Yet another whisper.

After that visit, my view on God changed dramatically. Shortly after, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and immediately committed myself to service. I was involved in a youth group, joined the choir and volunteered with as many ministries as my parents would allow me. It felt like everything was just going smoothly, but His whispers still remained faint.

I grew in my faith as I grew up. I led ministries, began new journeys, I worked on staff in several different capacities of churches, some at different times but often all at once. I did what I call now “busying myself for God”. I even got wrapped up in focusing on music ministry. Made connections on the tv show called “The Sound” which I was hoping would expand the music ministry dream I had. After that, I connected with several different christian artists and thought this is it! Dreams are coming true! Everything seemed to be going great, but His whispers were still whispers. So I pressed on but what I didn’t know at the time was what all seemed to be so perfect was actually the calm before the storm.

The Echoes in the Valleys

I believed that after I was saved that everything would be easier and I would be floating on clouds. That definitely was not the case! Personal, spiritual and ministry burnout was knocking at the door! Everything just flooded my life in a prolonged chaos that I just cannot explain without writing a novel. Everything from daily trials and tribulations to chaos from generational curses solidifying strongholds. It felt like my life just got flipped upside in the worst of ways. His whispers were evident but it was like attempting to hear someone over the thundering roars of a storm. At times it was so hard to hear Him that my faith began wavering with the waves of my battles.

Time and time again Jesus always showed up; rescuing me and placing me on a rock away from the reach of my enemies. Even then, I doubted Him. The valleys I’ve journeyed through have been dark, lonely, and lifeless which seemed to grab my attention in the moment more than the echoes of His voice that bounced off of the hillsides surrounding me. Despite my ignorance, He continued to whisper.

Let Go, Let God

It wasn’t until 2023 where I regained freedom from the oppression that I allowed to rule over my life. At this point, spiritual and ministry burnout stymied me. I stopped my involvement in all ministries, I was no longer attending bible college, I stopped writing worship music and even stopped attending church. I still believed that Jesus was Lord but I lost faith in my calling and purpose and replaced it with a lot of guilt and hurt.

Then a weekend retreat came up that my wife actually was supposed to attend but she ended up getting sick. She pleaded with me to push aside my hurt and attend the retreat. I opposed it but eventually I agreed. One of the best decisions of my life! I experience Jesus in such a way I never ever had. He woke up my dry bones and restored my faith in the calling over my life. I have such a deep love for Jesus that I just cannot explain!

With this renewed faith, I started to consider going back to bible college but the cost was way out of our budget. Then I remembered that in addition to my bible college courses, I had taken several courses with Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) on the side. I quickly restarted my program CLI and started completing courses immediately. I am also pursuing ordination options with the Christian Leaders Alliance. I hope to go as far as I can with CLI and CLA.

Register a Study Account

Register for a free study account, automatically enrolling you in the Getting Started Class at the Christian Leaders Learning Platform. The Getting Started class will take you less than an hour to complete.

When you log in to the Learning Platform, you will notice that the Getting Started Class automatically appears on your dashboard.    

The Getting Started Class will orientate you to the Christian Leaders Learning Platform and the Programs offered, including:

  1. Ministry Awards, Certificates, Diplomas, and Degrees with the Christian Leaders Institute.
  2. Minister Credentialling (Ordination) with the Christian Leaders Alliance, including local Soul Center registration possibilities. 

Note: You can enroll in tuition-free courses or mini-courses immediately without finishing the getting started class.  

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