HomeSundaysWorshipThe Serving Church: 5 Ways to Avoid Burnout

The Serving Church: 5 Ways to Avoid Burnout

-

Why do you serve or volunteer at your church?  Some people serve because it’s the right thing to do.  Others serve because there’s an opening.  Someone needs to help out, right?  I’ve known people who serve because someone asked and they couldn’t think of a good excuse why not to.

Churches have a problem, though — burnout.  Whether it’s after a week or several years, a lot of volunteers and church staff experience it.

What if there was a way to help prevent this problem before it starts?  I don’t know if it’s 100%, but in my years at my church, I have learned a lot of ways to stave off burnout.

1.Know the why.  If you serve for approval, out of guilt, just to help out, or because you couldn’t think of a good reason not to, you might be headed for trouble.  Your relationship with Jesus is what should guide your serving, but you also need what I call a “big why:”

What motivates you to get up when you’d rather sleep in?  Why do you stay a little longer when you’d rather go home?  For me, it’s people.  At my church lives and eternities are saved every week and I get to help.

2.View what you do as a privilege.  A few years ago I noticed a change in how a lot of leaders referred to what they did.  It’s a simple thing, but it’s profound.  Change the word “have” to “get.”  I get to arrive early on Sundays at my church’s satellite campus.  It sounds odd, but it really helps me.  When I see what I do as a gift, I find it easier to do difficult things.

3.Learn to expect hard things.  Sometimes it will be difficult.  We live in a fallen, imperfect world.  Jesus said, “In this world, you will have trouble…” (John 16:33 NIV), don’t act surprised when it happens.  Is it relationship trouble, money trouble, equipment trouble?  Whatever it is, decide in advance to make the right decision.  Don’t leave it up to the heat of the moment.

4.Forgive early and often.  Everyone you’re around will eventually disappoint you, make you mad, treat you poorly, etc.  They’re human and imperfect just like you are.  Give them the grace that you’d hope others would give you.  Forgive more, not less.  See if you can be the most forgiving person.  I’d rather err on the side of forgiving more, not less.

5.Trust your leaders.  I’ll admit that this is hard.  I spent years harboring resentments and thinking I knew better.  When I finally gave that up and started trusting people, I was amazed at how light I felt.  When everyone around you is always wrong, your head toward disaster.

The path to significance and meaning isn’t paved with dollars or fame. It’s paved with sacrifice and humility. While some people make a difference through their own selfishness, at the expense of others, most of us can put aside our plans and ambitions and really make a difference, a difference that outlasts our lives, a difference that changes lives and affects generations.

[Editor’s Note: Take a moment to check out Paul’s new book, The Serving Church, on Amazon – it will be worthwhile, I promise! -Lauren]

 

Paul Clifford
Paul Cliffordhttp://trinitydigitalmedia.com
Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. is the creator of ChurchTechU and LearnProPresenterFast.com where you and your team can learn church tech through self-paced tutorials on your time-table. He is also the author of Podcasting ChurchThe Serving ChurchChurch Video School, and other church tech books. He releases free tech training regularly on TrinityDigitalMedia.com.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Featured Posts

LATEST POSTS

Need Mobile Church Equipment? We’ve Got You

Choosing equipment for a mobile church is significantly different than choosing equipment for a permanent church building. What are the competing values that impact your mobile church equipment selection? Here are three values that make mobile equipment different from permanent.

What We Can Learn From Amazon About Reducing Friction

We’ve all experienced a lengthy and cumbersome online payment process. The ones that leave you feeling disgruntled at completion and like you’d rather order elsewhere in the future. Amazon.com has one of the easiest online payment methods, making it a seamless process to ‘hand over’ your money. Churches should, therefore, be questioning how they can learn from Amazon’s online payment methods.

Tuesday Tip: Use Alexa Flash Briefings For Church

Ever considered using Alexa Flash Briefings to distribute your church’s content? It’s not as hard as it sounds, and we can recommend a platform that can help. Learn more about working smarter with the right tech in a recent article by guest writer, Steve Tanner, called: Use Alexa Flash Briefings To Reach Your Church Members.