Pastor burnout and confusion goes back a long way. Paul had those who dropped out of the ministry. For example, “Demus in love with this present world, has deserted me”
(2 Timothy 4:10 ESV). Elijah confused and depressed hid in a cave. Jeremiah cursed the day he was born and accused God of deceiving him. Surveys of pastors show much dissatisfaction.
Now is a time to demonstrate our faith by digging deeper into Christ and finding our strength in Him alone. God is faithful! I’ve gone through a dry time of 4-5 years where I could not pray. As goes our prayer life so goes our lives. Renewal does not necessarily happen according to our agenda. We are God’s and he works in us when he chooses the way he chooses. I look back on those 5 years (was it only 5? I may be making myself look good) and remember the long distance in my relationship with God. Five years seems long but them Moses had 40 years on the back side of the desert!
This is why we offer to pastors and their wives the CiM guest house. Hopefully, a couple of days here will help you or another pastor renew and refresh and become close again to the source of strength—the Lord Jesus Christ. By the way, expastors.com is a website with lots of great articles. If you are struggling, there is help, you don’t have to face tough things alone. We are completely confidential and compassionate. Give us a call (717) 677-6568.