Weekly Newsletter: The Burnout Checklist + Authenticity vs. Authority in God’s Kingdom + More!

by | Nov 3, 2023 | The Reflectionary

When I was serving as Editor of Pastors.com, our highest traffic content – the posts with the most traffic and shares – were articles on the topic of pastoral burnout.

Inevitably, on those weeks we would get an unusual number of replies to Pastor Rick’s Ministry Toolbox from church leaders all over the world who were experiencing discouragement, loneliness, and weariness.

Today, especially in these last few years, the number of pastors and leaders walking through the valley of burnout has only grown. Recently, my heart has been burdened over this to the point that I want to do something about it.

I’ve traveled through that valley of burnout myself. Now, having spent the last year and a half doing a deep dive through reading, counseling, and a lot of coaching, I’m finally in the home stretch of putting together a coaching program designed to help Christian leaders move from burnout to breakthrough.

We’re right around the corner from launching it, but in the meantime, I wanted to pass along a free downloadable checklist I’ve put together to help you do a little self-assessment. There are 20 statements, all of which reflect things that I said or thought during the hardest season of my life.

Feel free to download it and share it with anyone you think might benefit.

Download the Free Burnout Checklist

And if you’re there right now, in that hard, dark place of not being sure whether you can continue or not, please feel free to reach out.

I can’t fix circumstances, but I can listen, pray, and encourage. If you’ve thought about talking to someone but aren’t sure where to go, send me a note. Or even better, grab a half-hour spot on my calendar for a video meeting.

In the meantime, know that you are making a difference in your world. Keep growing!


PS – I’m always available for a conversation with a leader experiencing burnout at any stage. If you’re there – discouraged, depleted, disillusioned – grab a free spot on my calendar for a half-hour Zoom call and I’ll send you a link.

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This Week’s Big Sermon Idea

Why Authenticity Matters More Than Authority in God’s Kingdom

A sermon idea based on Matthew 23:1-12.

People don’t become their best because someone claiming authority over them tells them what to do. People become their best when they are loved and led with authenticity.

Read and Share the Series »


Creative Sermon Series Ideas from MinistryPass

My favorite resource for sermon series and message ideas, complete series graphics, and video bumpers (but NOT full notes) to get you started is MinistryPass! Each week, I’ll feature a series I would recommend checking out for the upcoming season of the church year. This week:

From the Description:

This series is all about neighborly love and reminds us of our duty toward the people within our sphere.

Check Out This Sermon Series »


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Feeling Burned Out?

Exhausted? Depleted? Disillusioned? You’re not alone! In January of 2021, 29% of pastors had considered quitting. By March of 2022, that number had risen to 42%. (According to Barna Research) And things aren’t getting any easier. So we’ve developed this 20-question free burnout assessment tool to help you know where you stand.

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