I'm about ready to break out of the fishbowl. I've been in a ministry position since 2000, 1 year as an associate/interim pastor, and senior pastor since then, and I really cannot imagine doing anything else with my life...but right now I'm really needing to regain my life again. I'm burnt out, I'm tired of people, I'm tired of the back stabbing...I'm tired. I fear for my kids and their future in, or at this juncture, possibly out of the church if this keeps up. They have such strong faith for kids, but I'm worried about them none the less. I need prayer. I may just need a break, I'm not sure. I've only been at this pastorate for 18 months, but this has been one of the hardest I've been in at this point. I really do understand why people leave the church...I really do get it.