Tag Archives: Burnout

Richard Baxter on weakness in ministry.

Christian ministry is a high calling and demands on ministers can cause us to weaken. Richard Baxter cautions ministers against relying on the work of the Holy Spirit alone to strengthen us. God has given us the use of means … Continue reading

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40 days of transformation: Day 8 – don’t bite off…

Today is the twelfth day of Lent.  I’m only on Day 8 of 40 days of transformation.  Even taking two days off for Sundays, I’ve missed a couple of days.  This is fairly typical for me.  I bite off more … Continue reading

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40 days of transformation: Day 3 – love myself

Jesus said “love your neighbour as yourself.”  God expects me to do good and look after my neighbour, not harm them. To be kind, compassionate, thoughtful, patient, forgiving and so on. One of the dangers I have found in Christian … Continue reading

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The shock of the first timesheet

For 12 months, beginning in September 2011, I lost track of time, and not in the good way, when time flies past because you are enjoying yourself. I stopped keeping a timesheet to monitor my work hours and how I … Continue reading

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On making it alright to crumble sometimes

I’ve had a pretty rough six months or so in ministry such that by Christmas I was clinging on by my fingernails.  I had lost sight of God and wondered if he’d forgotten to be merciful (Ps 77:1-9).  I clung … Continue reading

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Acts 20:28 and priorities in ministry

In Acts 20:27-28 the Apostle Paul establishes priorities in ministry, which are to ensure that the whole will of God is proclaimed and ministers are innocent of the blood of all men (Acts 20:27): Keep watch over yourselves and all … Continue reading

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Oh to speak with conviction

My earlier post on mortification, crucifixion and prayer not only addresses ministry burnout but also conviction.  When I am tired and prayerless I am more alive to sin than dead to it and that includes a lack of conviction of … Continue reading

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