Network News - April 17, 2017

I don't know about your church and ministry, but I know about ours (the Browns at The Church on Cypress). From March through August, we bearly have time to breathe. Our church speeds up during spring and summer. We love it, but learning to be wise with time and energy, which has always been an important consideration in ministry, has become an essential part of life!
While our focus is on the joy of this season and remembering all Christ has done for us, we need to take time to stop doing and spend our own time at the foot of the cross. I think one of the hard lessons in ministry is to focus on the "being" and not to be overtaken by the "doing". Our hearts want to reach the world with the love of Christ and new life we've found in Him. So, it is easy to get swept up in the busyness of ministry and business of ministry if we do not guard our hearts, minds, and calendars well.
I hope the following resources, articles, and verses bless you, and I hope you can find the time to enjoy a few of them!

Sometimes the statistics that we hear are not accurate regarding pastor/minister burnout; however, the Bible warns us to guard against it. Over all, pastors are doing pretty well. According to Barna, 1 out of 9 pastors is at risk for burnout. 76% know of at least one fellow pastor whose ministry ended due to stress. 46% of pastors have faced depression. You can watch the video of the free event The State of Pastors 2017: Leading in Complexity from Barna that discusses how to be a resilient pastor and have a resilient ministry at http://www.barna.com/pastors2017/ 
(Start halfway through to hear about resiliency in ministry at 02:16:00 if you don't want to watch the entire seminar). The companion guide is available for free from the same link.

9 Signs You're Burning Out in Leadership and How I Recovered from Burnout: 12 Keys to Getting Back are blog posts by Carey Nieuwhof where he speaks frankly and honestly about his own experiences as a pastor with burnout.
"The good news is, there is life after burnout...I'm writing this because burnout seems to be an epidemic in ministry leadership...Why is that? More than most environments, ministry combines what you do (your work) with what you believe (your faith) and your community (your congregation/friends). Without skillful navigation, that can creates [sic] a roller coaster of emotions that push leaders toward burnout."

12 Ways Pastors Went from Burnout to Vision by Thom Rainer from ChurchLeaders.com
There are few vocations that can engender burnout like the pastorate. The demands on a pastor’s time, emotions, and energy can be overwhelming. When I was a pastor, I often felt at least the symptoms of burnout.

I recently spoke with 17 pastors who had experienced burnout, or who felt they came precariously close to burnout. The good news about these pastors is that they moved out of burnout; and now they are re-engaging in exciting and visionary ministries.
So I asked them the obvious question. What did you do to reverse the dark spiral of burnout? The question was open-ended, so they could respond with as many answers as they desired. When it was all said and done, I tabulated twelve different responses from the 17 pastors. Obviously, many of them gave similar answers.
1. Spent more time in prayer and the Word.
2. Dreamed again.
3. Stopped comparing.
4. Developed relationships with non-Christians.
5. Moved my focus from the negative to the positive.
6. Learned to have fun.
7. Ended draining relationships.
8. Expressed gratitude regularly.
9. Spent more time doing things that energized me.
10. Got in better physical shape.
11. Made a commitment to have a greater servant spirit.
12. Began to pray for my community.
Read the entire article here.

When Leaving the Field Feels Like Leaving Your Faith is a blog post from a former missionary. This blog has many entries that help with missionaries who have left the field for various reasons. Even though it is focused toward missionaries and ex-pats, the principles are also important for any struggling minister even though he or she may not be experiencing all of these issues.

How to Beat Pastoral Burnout by Pastor Rick Warren from Pastors.com writes,
"Ministry is a marathon - not a 50-yard dash. It's tough. You're in an invisible war where all kinds of forces are conspiring to keep you from doing what God wants you to do."
This devotional article takes a look at Elijah's story and gives practical advice for the at-risk minister.

How to Cure Pastor Burnout by Ryan Nelson from LogosTalk
It’s no secret that being a pastor is hard. Your sermons can take 30 hours or more per week. Some people expect you to be available constantly. You’re often exposed to the worst moments and darkest secrets of people you care about. You don’t clock out at the end of the day. And it’s all too easy to fall prey to the feeling that there’s always more to sacrifice for the people you serve.
And still, statistics suggest that the vast majority of pastors love their jobs.
Despite that passion, the accumulation of stress and its negative impact on health leads some pastors to give up their calling. If you want to lead your church for as long as you can, you have to take care of yourself.
Read the article here.

Karl Vaters offers some insight as well in Epidemic: Another Pastor Burned Out and Quit Last Sunday
"The pain of one pastor is intensified under the unforgiving glare of the spotlight, while the pain of another is ignored. Both hurt equally."

Thom Rainer offers some interesting findings in Autopsy of a Burned Out Pastor: 13 Lessons.
"Perhaps the autopsy metaphor is not the best choice. After all, the person is not deceased. But the pastor who is burned out feels like life is draining out. Unfortunately, I have spoken with too many pastors for whom burnout is a reality or a near reality."

As you may imagine, in preparing this topic, there are more than enough resources out there because the problem is a critical one. Here are a few of the resources we found:
http://www.pastorburnout.com/
http://www.pastoralcareinc.com/articles/stress-burnout/  
Rev. Dr. Naomi Paget BCC, is an FBI Chaplain and Crisis Interventionist who trains the chaplains for California Baptist Disaster Relief and has a Website with resources: https://crisisplumbline.com/ 
She has a "Compassion Fatigue Self Test" at http://proqol.org/uploads/ProQOL_5_English_Self-Score_3-2012.pdf  
Here is a chart comparing burnout, empathy fatigue, and compassion fatigue (shared with permission):




Stay Encouraged by Albert Tate from Follow the GLS
As a leader in a fast-paced society, how practical is it to continue investing in yourself while also supporting others?
After years in ministry, I have learned that above anything else, the most important gift you can give to yourself as a leader is to stay encouraged.
Whether a leader in the business sector, your home or the classroom, keeping yourself encouraged is an indispensable gift you can not afford to lack.
Read more here.

3 Vital Sources of Encouragemnt for Church Leaders by Matt Brown from Outreach Magazine
Leadership in the church, a business or any other area of society can be draining at times. There is the constant task of keeping people on track with the vision, keeping multiple projects moving at any given time, and dealing with challenges and obstacles on a regular basis.
Maybe you don't feel like much of a leader, but my guess is that you are leading people more than you realize.
One of the greatest challenges of leading people is keeping yourself refreshed with inspiration, motivation, vision and passion for what God wants to do through your efforts.
Here are three helpful ways to stay encouraged as a leader.

Healthy Leadership from SmallGroups.com says, "Your ministry is far too importnat to handle as an unhealthy leader. Small-group ministry is far too important to be led by unhealthy, burned out leaders."

Find Your Joy in God: Not in Your Work for Him by Brandon Hudson, excerpted from the training tool Healthy Leadership.

6 Things Church Members Need to Know about Pastor Burnout by Marty Duren
“I had to quit the ministry so we wouldn’t end up quitting the Church.” –a former executive pastor 
Following the resignation of a high-profile Tennessee pastor last weekend the issue of burnout and failure again occupied the conversation of ministers and church members.
“Was he really just tired?”
“How can a pastor with that many staff get tired?”
“That can’t be all there is to it.”
Sometimes that is all there is to it, and this is what church members need to realize.
In 2009 I stepped away from the lead pastor role in my church with no ministry opportunity in sight. Nor was I looking for one.
I had been lead pastor at the church for 11 1/2 years, preceded by six years on staff at a different church, and two years as a single-staff pastor before that. Each position had varying degrees of highs and lows, successes and failures.
It was around two years after the bursting of the mortgage bubble and the beginning of the Great Recession. Although we were a totally debt-free church our people lost jobs and some had salaries cut substantially. This, in turn, affected the offerings. We could not sustain the salaries of all pastoral staff, so I resigned.
That was all there was to it. Mostly.
I was also tired mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I could have stayed and put on a happy face, but to do so risked becoming a hireling—doing the work for salary alone, lacking both vision and passion.
It was a great church with great pastoral and support staffs. I had several weeks of vacation, did not have required office hours, had taken one or two sabbaticals, had paid holidays during the year, and the office was closed the week of Christmas. A pastor could hardly ask for more.
It wasn’t a perfect church, but I wasn’t a perfect pastor. I made some leadership fumbles that were my fault, but they were not ministry-ending. There was no “runoff committee” meeting each week. No one was asking for my head on a platter.
Still, I needed a break from pastoral ministry, and I really did not care how long a break it was. I loved preaching, but the wear of pastoring and leading had taken a toll. Unbeknownst to me until later, pastoring had also taken a toll on my family. They were happy that I resigned.
I
f you are a church member (or attender) and you have wondered how it is a pastor can just up and quit—literally walk away—when things seem fine (or at least not terrible), here are a few things you need to know.
Read the full article.

4 Reasons Pastors Need Rest by Kevin Lloyd from Outreach Magazine
On a recent trip to Denver, I did something I had never done before: I missed a flight.
Without getting into details, it was my fault--and I was frustrated.
When you miss an eastbound flight at 4 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon, there aren't many other flights to choose from. In short, I had to wait several hours in the Denver airport for a 1:30 a.m. flight home.
On my trip, I spent countless hours in airports and a total of 34 hours awake. Thirty-four hours! I am too old for that.
I was so angry and loopy. At some point, an inability to think or focus set in. Even when I was home and could sleep, I was unable to fall asleep. I was so tired that I could not sleep.
Many were the lessons I learned during this adventure. Mostly, I took away that I am not wired to function without rest.
While this is true on a basic human level, it is a great lesson for leaders and pastors as well. "Burning the midnight oil" or "burning the candle at both ends" are great metaphors, but they do not make leaders effective over the long haul.
Here, I want to explore four reasons why every leader needs to build rest into their calendar.
You need rest because... 

5 Realities about the Weight of Pastoring by Eric Geiger in Outreach Magazine
But no amount of time management can decrease the weight of being a senior pastor. It is no exaggeration to say that being an interim preacher weighs less than one-tenth of being a senior pastor—even when the senior pastor is “bivocational.”
When the apostle Paul listed all his sufferings, he concluded the list with referencing his burden for the churches he served. The weight of pastoring, though filled with immense joy, was a weight that topped Paul’s list of suffering.
Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn? (2 Cor. 11:28-29)
Notice a few of the words Paul uses: face, daily, pressure, concern, sin, inwardly, burn. With those words in view, here are five realities about the weight of pastoring.

Pastor, Heal Thyself? by Amy Simpson
Supporting ministry leaders to face the mental health challenges of their difficult and lonely calling.
In his book Overwhelmed and elsehwere, well-known pastor Perry Noble has written about his struggle with depression and anxiety. He wrote of going on a date with his wife and acknowledging his misery:
We were sitting at Outback, and I simply couldn't take it anymore. I told her, "We have a great house, we have nice cars, we're living comfortably, and the church is growing at a rate I never thought it would. I'm getting asked to travel and speak at conferences all over the country. And I hate my life!
Over the next three years, I experienced days that were so dark, so difficult, and so overwhelming that I considered taking my own life. I finally decided not to do it after I concluded that it would be the most selfish, cowardly act I could commit, and the pain I would cause my wife, my little girl, and my close friends wouldn't be worth it. But I still remember some of those long days when I just wanted out of here.

According to a 2010 New York Times article, "Members of the clergy now suffer from obesity, hypertension and depression at rates higher than most Americans." They are plagued by porous boundaries and constant accessibility to parishioners and others, thanks in part to cell phones and social media. According to Pastors at Great Risk by H. B. London Jr. and Neil B. Wiseman, 45.5 percent of pastors report having felt depressed or burned out to the degree that they had to take a break from ministry.
Read the full article here.


In:ciite Events has an event called The Struggle Is Real dealing with mental health and the mission of the church. The discussions/messages are truly pertinent to the Church's mission but also the life of the pastor/minister and the ministry family. You can obtain an individual license to watch it for $79 or obtain a license to share it with your church or small group. Find out more information at their Website: http://www.inciiteevents.com/events/struggleisreal/



9 Secrets Pastors Keep by Mandy Smith
As a pastor, every Sunday you stand in front of your congregation, telling funny stories and explaining important principles. As your congregation watches you listening, reassuring, and welcoming, it's easy for them to assume you have it all together. Some of them see a little behind the scenes, but few of them really know us. And few of us really feel known.
This is partly because the work of a pastor is unlike any other work. It is a vocation, a calling upon our whole life, requiring complete engagement. Even when we're resting, it has something to do with our work. And while we are working, we do a huge amount of resting in God.
An Impossible Job
The role of a pastor shouldn't be entered into lightly. David Hansen, author of The Art of Pastoring, knew being a pastor was an "impossible" task for him, so his prayer was, "Lord, being a pastor is impossible, so if you will be with me all the way to help me, I will be a pastor." But unlike Hansen, many pastors don't realize how impossible their work is until they're deep into it.
Even the most transparent pastor knows that it's inappropriate to share themselves fully. But when they do share in a healthy way, some things still remain theirs alone to carry. As a result, pastors often feel lonely.
In an effort to break through that pastoral loneliness, I've asked various pastors to share behind the scenes of their lives and work. Here are some things they said they're not telling their church members.
Read the article here.

7 Things Pastors Wish Their Congregations Knew by Mark Dance from LifeWay.com
Excellent article you may want to share with your congregation.

Podcast: Why Pastors Need to be Pastored with Paul David Tripp from Vanderbloemen

Two final articles for young and future pastors:
Dear Young Pastor by Michael Cooper and Dear Future Pastor: Letters from a pastor's spouse, a pastor's child, and a church board member on what they've learned about ministry life.



Job & Ministry Opportunities
Summer Internship in Tahoe
One opportunity has opened up for summer 2017, starting around June 10.  Act immediately to apply! You will lead Bible stories, learning activities, crafts, and recreational games. Each month you'll receive a $500 stipend. You will also receive round trip airfare, housing, food money, and local ministry related transportation. You'll live less than a mile from beautiful Lake Tahoe.
Teacher qualifications
To work in the preschool program, you must be studying, or have a degree in: Early Childhood, Child Life, Child Development, or Human Development and Family studies. You will need 12 semester hours in any combination of these types of classes to qualify as a preschool intern.
In order to work with school age children, you must have completed, with a passing grade, 12 semester hours in any combination of the of the following types of classes: art, music, dance, theater, physical education, indoor and outdoor recreation, psychology, sociology, nursing, and human development.
Contact:
Debbie Wohler Reasoner, Internship Coordinator
530-583-2925 (home office) Pacific Standard Time
530-448-9359 (cell) Pacific Standard Time
debbiewohler@charter.net

or check our website www.tahoeministries.com
Apply online at https://fs25.formsite.com/firstbaptisttahoe/form3/index.html

Youth Leader Internship
First Baptist Church of Winters (FBCW) is seeking a Youth Leader Intern.
The job requires about 15 hours of work each week, offers a competitive salary along with a generous budget for Youth activities. The youth group consists of 10-20 students at the Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday gatherings.
For more information, contact the church at 530-795-2821 or fbcw@fbcwinters.org or you can contact SRBN.

Education Internship
Education internship with stipend, housing, and airfare at Lake Tahoe, California
August 9 through December 22, 2017
4 Preschool interns and 4 School age interns needed.
We are looking for energetic, diligent, and happy people to join our team. We need leaders who possess strong character, are teachable, and who have a heart for working with children.
We will train you and invest in your life. All our lead staff have been either summer or semester staff. You will work with a team of eight other college students.
For more information, contact Debbie Wohler at 530-583-2925 or 530448-9359 or debbiewohler@charter.net
Apply at:
https://fs25.formsite.com/firstbaptisttahoe/form3/index.html

Youth Director
New Hope Community Church (NHCC) in South Sacramento is searching for a part time (20 hr/wk) youth director. The position will report directly to the senior pastor and offers a competitive salary and some flexibility of work hours. The intent is to grow the position to full time and eventually a pastoral position. Some Bible college or seminary study is a plus, and candidate must be a self-starter.
For a full job description and other information, please contact NHCC board of deacons: deacons@newhopemeadowview.com
or
Board of Deacons
New Hope Community Church
1821 Meadowview Road
Sacramento, CA  95832

Bi-Vocational Pastor
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church is in Northern California east of the city of Lincoln.  Led by the Spirit we seek to be a light house to our community desiring to reach our community for Christ. 
We believe in the fundamentals of the Christian faith, lean toward Calvinist doctrine, and believe in the eternal security of the believer.  We are a loving, praying church and support mission work throughout the world.  We seek to be a church for all age groups. 
We are seeking a bi-vocational pastor to lead our church.  The salary, days, and hours are negotiable. If you feel led by God to lead our church, please send your resume to Curt Simpson at curt.simpson49@gmail.com.
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church
2384 Garden Bar Road
Lincoln, CA 95648
916-645-7876


Calendar
April
22   SRBN VBS Clinic
El Camino Baptist Church
9 am to 1 pm (registration begins at 8:30 am)

register online

28-29 Prayerwalking Seminar
"Unleash the Power of Prayer in Your Community"
led by Jerry McCullah
El Camino Baptist Church
Friday: 6-9 pm  (Dinner at 6 pm)
Saturday: 9-Noon

May
5-7  Father Son Retreat
Jenness Park Christian Camp
Bonus day - May 4th
$55 per person

http://www.csbc.com/events/father-son-retreat-2017

11-22 Kenya Mission Trip
International Commission
Contact Sonia Burnell at
SoniaB@IC-World.org; 916-784-2372

19-21 Ministers' Wives Retreat 2017
Jenness Park Christian Camp
$179 thorugh April 15 (after 4/15, the cost is $200)

http://www.csbc.com/events/ministers-wives-retreat

21-28 Associational Missions Emphasis (AME)
Week of Prayer and Mission Emphasis
http://www.2017ame.basicshift.com/

June
18-22 Middle & High School Camp Session 1
Camp Alta

27-29 Hope Renewed/Purpose Driven 2017
Pastor/Church Leader Event, So. Cal.
http://pd.church/ 

July
9-12 Kids Camp, 4-6 grades, $155 

13-15 Kids Camp, 1-3 grades $140 

16-20 Middle/High School Wilderness Camp
Session 2, Camp Alta, $225 

23-27 Middle/High School Wilderness Camp
Session 3, Camp Alta, $225 

August
7-10 Special Ministries Camp
18 & older, $280, (volunteers free) 

10-11 Global Leadership Summit simulcast
$189, http://willowcreek.com/events/leadership/


 

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