It seems that men and women in full-time ministry often experience burn out. Why is this so? Do we expect too much from pastors? Do pastors expect too much of themselves? Should pastors have more time in personal counseling to talk about concerns and issues that arise from ministry? Are those that supervise pastors (Sr. Pastors, Board members) too demanding on pastors? Is it more difficult that we expect ministry to be?
The most difficult of this reality is that people often leave full-time ministry; never to return. This is a tragedy. But it also makes me wonder if someone who finally walks away from full-time, professional church ministry was ever meant to be in that role. Or if it were only for a season.
Is full-time church ministry just that difficult that it chews people up and casts them aside? This doesn’t seem like the way it should be.