Burnout is an unofficial term for the extreme results one might experience based on prolonged stress, a crisis in life or just plain exhaustion. We attempt to differentiate between between burnout and tiredness in the following ways.
Common characteristics of burnout include: lethargy, a lifestyle of a noncaring attitude, total detachment, numbness toward tragedy, emotionless, loss of perspective and vision, extremely synical, no interest in the Word or even serving the Lord.
Common characteristics of tiredness include: Worn out from a major event that has been experienced or some major project finished, late nights, less sleep than usual, temporary listlessness.
Howard Hendricks once said, "85% of spirituality is a good night's sleep!" We bring this up because the phone calls we receive related to burnout usually consists of a time to analyze whether the person is burned out or just plain tired during a particular period in their life.
We'd like to offer some helpful hints, whether you might be experiencing burnout or exhaustion.
Ever feel like you need to wear a mask to cover up who you are? Are you concerned that, if people knew who you really are and how you really felt, they wouldn't understand?
One minister, two jobs and the family that's at the top of the list. The number of bivocational ministers, those in full- or part-time ministry who carry an additional job, is estimated by some researchers to be as high as 30 percent of ministers nationwide.
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