ministry burnout

When Will God Save the People?

When Will God Save the People?

I need to confess: sometimes student ministry and pastoral church work in general kicks my rear end. I wrote last January 2013 about a significant time when I hit the 18-month wall in ministry, a make-or-break time for many student pastors in the field. You can read that post here. And now, I feel like I am going through another transitional season in ministry. 

Every year or so, given the rhythm of ministry and programs, along with natural breaks in seasons, I hit these walls when I rightly re-evaluate and re-think my current call to ministry. I believe that these times of reflection need to happen for long-term continuation in ministry, as well as for spiritual and ministerial growth. And most of the time, I negotiate these walls with confidence and vision. 

But I must confess that the last few weeks have hit me harder than usual this time.

How to Breakthrough the 18 Month Wall... and Thrive!

I need to confess: I am out of ideas and energy. I have been serving at Hillside Church for 17 months, and I have accomplished more than I could have ever imagined, even including building a good relationship with my Lead Pastor! This is a result of time and energy invested into the work of God in my community. Given all of this investment, however, I recently encountered something that I never expected.

I awoke one morning a few weeks ago in a cold panic, thinking for the first time that I truly had no clue how to continue our student ministry. Up until this point, I was steadily and consistently implementing a vision for what I thought a successful, vibrant youth ministry could become for our church. Now, I laid awake with a feeling of dread and the weight of a thousand bricks on my chest. I am out of ideas, I thought. And then, I realized: