For Thinking Out Loud
I find it interesting that when I express some deep struggles and questions, people want me to take a rest. I don't deny that I might need a rest. But I do want to challenge the idea that if I struggle, it means sabbatical time. I want to thank everyone who has written to me in the form of comments or in personal emails, encouraging the struggle that comes through my writing and expressing your concerns. It is generous and kind of you. But here goes... I want to suggest that just because I revolt at such deep levels, it doesn't mean I have to go away for a while. A couple of summers ago Lisa and I went to a workshop on pastor burn-out. I noticed myself getting very frustrated. The basic thrust of the discussions from the other church leaders in the group was this:
- We need to stop and take a break so that we can come back into the same grind with more vigor;
- We need to separate ourselves more from the people, thus decreasing their demands upon us and maintaining our own authority as pastors;
- We just need to better manage our time, dividing ourselves in a more healthy manner among our various responsibilities.