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Insights from Day 10 at CN705

  • Be CAREFUL in taking care of our body as the temple of God.
  • Burnout is a syndrome of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and reduced personal accomplishment that occurs in individuals who work with people. (Too much caring; too little resource.)
  • There is no such thing as failure in God's kingdom, only forced growth.
  • Burn-out could take 5 to 6 years to work out.
  • Burn-out people say, "Yes, there is a God, but He just doesn't care about me." That sense of loss is what is devastating about burn-out.
  • When you lack support, your chance of burn-out increases dramatically.
  • Support has to come from top-down. You cannot look to your congregation for support.
  • Causes of burn-out includes situational and ongoing minor conflicts, inadequate support and rewards, low-grade depression, irrational expectations and lack of assertiveness. Over-work is not the key.
  • Stress-out is the exhaustion of your adrenaline system; burn-out is the exhaustion of your emotional system with loss of empathy, caring, hope and detachment. Both are forms of depression.
  • Type B personality is more prone to burn-out.
  • We suffer burn-out from emotional triangles. Training in systems theory can help reduce burn-out.
  • We suffer burn-out from not having a safe place to express intense job-related feelings (aggravated by confidentiality issues).
  • We suffer burn-out from a confused sense of purpose accompanied by administrative overload.
  • Humour is powerful in putting things back into perspective.
  • 1 in 3 pastors 10 years in ministry shows signs of burn-out.
  • Leaving your ministry will not help your burn-out.
  • Sympathy is actually not helpful to ourselves as well as to the people we help. We need to learn empathy.
  • We need to develop healthy theology of compassion, self-care, success and failure.
  • Success has little spiritual and therapeutic value. It does not make our life better. Success is just a bonus God give to those who are faithful.
  • God is not in the success business but the refine business. God cares about the maturity of our life more than the size of our church.
  • Because of the information technology revolution, pastors now are constantly being compared to the celebrity pastors. This has created tremendous stress on pastors.


  • 正如林一峰話齋,閱讀,也是一種 state of mind。
  • 所以不限文字,還有聲音影像一切雜崩能東西,都在涉獵反思消化乾坤大挪移之列。
  • 看重的只有一個字:Insight


I work at Westside Baptist Church. Of course, that doesn't mean they agree with everything I post or link here. Everything here is my personal opinion and is not read or approved in advance. Consider yourself warned.