We know that being an assistant pastor or administrator of the church means you wear many hats; all of the hats, most likely. The number one challenge we hear when working with assistant pastors is dealing with burnout and managing tasks. Here, we’ve compiled a detailed blog post on dealing with burnout as an administrator or assistant pastor. It’s filled with quotes from leaders, simple tips, and deep inspiration to light a fire inside you.
Dealing With Burnout
Every member of a healthy church gives something. The congregation gives time and donations. The lead pastor gives the knowledge of the Holy Spirit. Behind the scenes, the worship directors, administrative staff, and volunteers all give blood, sweat, and tears to keep the church running. As the associate pastor and administrator, you potentially give more than all of those positions combined, because you have so many different responsibilities. Dealing with the pressure of being an assistant pastor or administrative assistant can be extremely challenging. Here’s how to cope.
Strategically Share The Burden
Almost everyone has had to ask for help from volunteers or other staff members, and that’s wonderful. But you should also schedule delegation into your daily routine. The associate pastor as well as the head pastor should always have weekly time to reflect, free of tasks. Delegate your daily duties to another church member for a day, so you can spend quiet time decompressing, living with the Lord, and rebuilding energy.
Always Keep A Life Outside of the Church
Pastors and administrators give 24 hours a day to the church. It’s absolutely essential to find time in your schedule for play with others. Join groups in the local community, participate in walking and running clubs, and volunteer at other organizations where you are surrounded by positive people. Having a healthy social life with others is the perfect way to become inspired, relax, and even testify to others.
Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses
Think back to your daily duties. Are there tasks that you dread doing every single day? And conversely, what part of your day gets you excited? Most likely, some of the work you do doesn’t fit your personality style. Even though we all have to do things we don’t enjoy, there are other options. Perhaps there is another member of your team who you could trade duties with. You may be able to pick up a task you really enjoy, and give away a project that someone else wants to put passion into.
Motivate yourself Daily
No one wakes up ready to conquer the world every single day. In fact, a daily dose of motivation is usually essential to high performers like you. Take 15 – 20 minutes of every morning and read powerful scripture, or watch a powerful video. Head over to Journey Box Media, and watch a few of our inspirational mini-movies. We take pride in creating beautiful work that’s designed to ignite fires in others.
We know that it can be challenging to be a servant to the Lord sometimes. Small routine tasks get in the way of truly connecting with others and God. By taking time every day to learn, work with your strengths, and share your burden with others, you can passionately and effectively lead your church into the beautiful and powerful future.