Pastor's and church leaders probably seem like they have it all together. God’s calling is on our lives, and we’re doing the most important work in the world. How could we be stressed out? After all, we only work on Sundays, right?
Working in ministry is tough. Pastor burnout is real. In fact, studies show that 50% of pastors starting out in ministry leave after five years. And 89% of pastors have seriously considered leaving ministry at some point.
Burnout in ministry is real.
As I get into this sacred space in my life, I am discovering a lot that pastors and leaders goes through that we don't see, the insult, abuse, segregation, sacrifice, fears etc. This is for leaders and pastors who are out there honestly serving, not those who have mixed the faith walk. I want us to understand they pastors and leaders are human like you they just have a special calling into the five fold ministry. A calling that we are all called into to tell the message of Christ, MARK 16:15, but few are called into the office of pastors and leaders, EPHESIANS 4:11 - 13.
If you’re experiencing burnout, please know you’re not alone. Burnout happens all too often in ministry, but you can overcome it. Burnout doesn’t go away on its own, so talk to your leader, spouse, or a Christian-based counselor to come up with a game plan to grow healthy and strong.
And remember above all: God’s grace is sufficient for you. He called you. He equips you. What you do matters. Every soul you reach for Jesus matters. So rely on Him and all the tools He’s given you to help you last in ministry.
Let’s be a generation of pastors and leaders that return to our offices, our Bibles, our sanctuaries, our stages, our second jobs, our teams, our families, and our callings refreshed and energized every week.
God's grace is available and His mercy is new every morning.
As a mum of a child with food allergies, the mental strain and concerns of what attending parties for him will be like as he grows up is real. 😔
Thanks to @familydietitian for this amazing post on hosting allergy friendly parties. Head to their page for full @huffingtonpost article in bio.
🎉 ALLERGY FRIENDLY PARTIES 🎉 ⠀
Host an allergy friendly kids party with these tips! ⠀
For children living with food allergies and intolerances; social gatherings that involve or focus on food [SO ALL OF THEM] cause stress. ⠀
🧁What will I be able to eat?⠀
🍦What won’t I be able to eat?⠀
🍰How will I know what foods are safe?⠀
🎂Will I feel sad that I can’t eat with the other kids are eating? ⠀
As a party host: ⠀
🎉 Add a little section on party invites so that parents can inform you of any needs. Then call and have a chat about it; Find out what sort of reaction the child has?, and ask how you can avoid the food for their child? ⠀
🎉 Invite parents to bring a plate of allergy friendly food for their child. This could be something to share with everyone, or it could be similar foods to what you’re planning so their food looks the same. ⠀
🎉 Use a colour coded plate system and let your little guest know which foods are safe for them to eat. ⠀
🎉 Parents of children with allergies are scared of their child being excluded from parties and events, so will usually be MORE THAN HAPPY to stick around at the party. Who doesn’t love an extra set of hands when hosting a bunch of children?! ⠀
Photo from the ‘Friend In Me’ Super Hero and Princesses High Tea event. Friend In Me actively works to decrease social exclusion and the effects of social isolation in childhood 🎈⠀
This is usually what people without a home only have. If possible, please help whenever convenient. It doesn’t have to be a lot. If there is nothing to give, sometimes being a listener also makes his or her day. #life#shelter#caring#warmth