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Burnout

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Jedi Knight, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Jedi Knight

    Jedi Knight Well-Known Member
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    Has anyone seen a Pastor or other Christians get burned out and seem to drop of the radar? I know in 1 John it says "they went out from among us because they weren't of us" BUT is that always the case? Do you think believers get burnout and stay away from church and lack a desire to do so? Have you been there done that?
     
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    Yes....quite a few. Course they weren't Calvinists...:laugh:
     
  3. Yeshua1

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    Thank that Christians do get "burnt out", mainly more mental fatigue/also think John was referring to unsaved persons attending church, yet never received Christ and eventually moved on their way!
     
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    If they are not saved..... why bother to go to church in the 1st place? What is in it for them?
     
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    I believe this is the main reason some churches promote activities in church is to keep people from getting bored and quiting. If there is no fire in the pulpit there want be any fire in the pews. I never tire of the gospel of grace in the pulpit.
     
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    Pastoral burnout is very real and I've seen several friends deal with it.

    Each of those who experienced it have a unique story. One was in a good church that web through a senior leadership change. The whole staff got toxic and it really hurt some people, including my friend. Another was a senior pastor who had been hard charging and done a lot to grow his church. He never figured out the practice of delegation and just burned himself up. He had to take two years off before he was ready to get back into ministry. There are plenty of other stories.

    I've been blessed, to this point, in having seen some examples and learned to set boundaries and learn how to be a reasonable leader. Some friends have not been so fortunate.

    Anyways, it's an important conversation to have.
     
  7. Yeshua1

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    well.....

    many go to church, but the problem is that church is NOT one preaching real Gospel, but more of a social club!

    Also, those attending a Bible Church not saved go due to friends/family, like to hear singing/teaching etc
    Many probably think are all right even with god, as going to church, meeting in bible clss singing songs etc make them "good people"

    We have an elderly man who has attended our church since its inception, over 20 years now, and has not yet professed faith in Christ, he attends because he likes the people, and likes how we sing and how Pastor preaches/teaches!
     
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    Only in retrospect could I see the long dry period I went through as burnout.

    I had taught SS, done committee work, taught Mission Friends, been active in WMU and women's home Bible studies, as well as actively engaged in friendship evangelism while being a homemaker and raising my own children. Had also done some music service in the church, cleaned the church, helped in the church library, etc.

    But none of that was key to my burnout.

    What was key was getting in a pastor that flat out taught everything I had been taught across three states, everything I believed the Bible taught, was wrong. Everything I believed (and believe) the Bible told us to shun he held up as good for "church growth."

    Some of us resisted following him and he made our lives so miserable we made the mistake of walking away from the church.

    I needed a time of grace and healing, hushing up and hiding out in a larger church in another state and even another denomination before I could return to what I consider "real church."

    I'm sure that pastor probably considered and considers me apostate. My own take was I encountered the rare toxic preacher and got burned. Out.
     
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    I think (for lack of a better term) "church burnout" is like any other type of burnout. Pastors and laypeople are human, and like everyone else, have a point at which they fatigue. This is why it is good practice to divide the workload of the church amongst the members, in my humble layman's opinion.
     
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    Ha ha very funny.:rolleyes:
     
  11. Jedi Knight

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    So did they stop attending church or just take a back set as it were? Seems watching church online maybe another reason?
     
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    Calvin did not cause burn out, he caused people to burn up.
     
  13. Yeshua1

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    Only those whom the Lord did not choose to redeem get there, so based upon Will of god, not Calvins!
     
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    I think many of us involve ourselves in too much at church when in reality we should focus on one or a few good things. Been there, done that, don't know that I could avoid doing it again, but i am working on a few good things rather than many.
     
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