You want your church to be a well-oiled machine.
And by “well-oiled machine,” I mean organized, inviting, and excellent.
It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you want it to be better.
(Cue this verse in the back of your mind)
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23).
Here’s the problem: you ARE working with all your heart. In fact, your heart could use a little bit more of this:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
You need a team.
Not a paid team. Nobody has the budget for that. YOU NEED A VOLUNTEER TEAM.
A squad of faithful servants who create the backbone of your church.
3 Steps To Burnout
No one EVER thinks, “Man, I sure hope I deal with bouts of burnout in ministry.”
But it happens.
You’ve felt it before.
Maybe you’re feeling it right now.
How does it happen? A lot of ways, but let’s focus on three.
- Meeting Everyone’s Expectations
Church staff employees are expected to do a lot. For example…
- Solve everyone’s problems (including their spiritual, emotional, relational, and psychological problems)
- Cater to all ministry preferences and requests
- Keep up with the “other” church
- Stay perfectly happy, healthy, and well-behaved
After a while, you start believing that it’s not okay to be a human being. It’s only okay to be superhuman.
- Neglecting Your Heart
Gary Thomas identifies three things that can attack your life.
- Lack of joy
Are you saying yes to everything? Are you neglecting your need for authentic relationships and community? Have you lost touch with your ability to enjoy life and your relationship with God?
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23). Yes, this includes ministry flowing out of it.
- Putting Growth On Your Shoulders
There’s a difference between…
wanting to grow a bigger ministry
wanting to grow a ministry bigger than you
The irony is, both of those are answered by building a great core team. When you empower people who can get more done and reach more than you can, you have a solid foundation to both grow and prevent burnout at the same time.
Bottom line. The more healthy volunteers you have, the more people you can EFFECTIVELY reach. The more people you can EFFECTIVELY reach, the larger you can grow in a healthy way.
But how do you attract more volunteers? And how do you do it without adding fuel to your burnout?
Don’t miss our conversation THIS WEDNESDAY. We’ll talk specifically about how you can get more done, get more rest, and grow your church.
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We can do this!