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Pastor’s Pen: Burn Out

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“Burn Outs” for me as a young adult left tire rubber patches and smoke on the streets of downtown Evart! The excitement of showing yourself might surpass others who have come before you! Just for rationale, tires were cheaper back then, as was gasoline, the premium was 0.32 cents per gallon.

Today, “Burn Out” sometimes refers to those who have recently accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and want to tell everyone, which sometimes leads to the pain of rejection. While at other times, volunteers may try to fill all available positions in their church; this can lead to being overwhelmed or falling into one of the “burn out” phases of Christian life.


To avoid becoming one of those suffering from their own “Burn Outs”, breathe, then go to God and let Him lead our way. We have seen a lot of people go astray by not meeting their own expectations of what volunteering really should be and then getting involved.

The apostle Paul speaks of being part of the family or the body of the church:

1 Corinthians 12: 27-31 (NLT)

“You are all together the body of Christ, and each of you is a part of it. These are some of the parts that God has appointed for the church: first the apostles, second the prophets, third the teachers, then those who work miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others. , those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak unknown languages.

“Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to work miracles? Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unfamiliar languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unfamiliar languages? Of course not ! You should therefore sincerely desire the most useful gifts. But now let me show you a lifestyle that is the best of all. “

Now, go pray to God first, asking the Holy Spirit to show you where to serve! There are many vacancies that the pastor or church staff have a limited time to fill. There are many areas under the heading “helpers” such as reception hostesses, ushers, children’s area, small group leaders, hospitality, parking and many more depending on the church.

Following the example of the Holy Spirit will prevent burnout and provide peace of mind. Discovering that with our obedience and growth in our Lord, we can find ourselves in a position that at first glance seems beyond our capabilities.

Let’s all start, sharing some of the responsibilities of bearing the Name of Jesus to the lost. Then nourish the body of Jesus, with Spiritual Food.

Remember that serving should not lead to “burnouts” because Jesus sent the disciples two by two supporting each other, because the volunteers allow us to support each other!

– Ron Witbeck is the Associate Pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids.


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