As a youth leader, we deal with many tricky situations.  More often than not, youth leaders end up burning out. How do we know if we are close to burning out? Here is Matt Lim’s 5 reasons for ministry burn out. #CYMtips #TuesdayTips #MinistryTips #YouthMinistryTips #Burnout #ministryburnout

5 Reasons for Ministry Burnout

By Matt Lim

1. Failing to establish boundaries

In ministry, we just don’t know how to say ‘no’. It is very easy for us to keep giving but sometimes we forget about ourselves. You cannot give what you don’t have.

2. Lacking  support and accountability

Sometimes we feel isolated, lonely and unsupported. While we may feel this way, we must always remember there are people who understand what we are going through.

3. Neglecting our health

We should never sacrifice our health, sleep, diet, and exercise. These are the areas in our lives that keep us physically fit to serve in ministry.

4. Losing our passion for ministry

This could be a sign of several things. First, it could be a sign of spiritual desolation. Second, it could be a sign that God is doing something new. Third, it could be a sign that we have let our passion slip away.

5. Not prioritising our own prayer life

As it is quite easy to neglect ourselves physically, it is just as easy as neglecting ourselves spiritually. We tend to justify this by saying to ourselves that we are doing the work of God and that constitutes as praying.

After identifying the causes of burnout, the next step is prevention. Stay tuned next week for the second part – 5 Remedies for Ministry Burnout.

Catholic Youth Ministry
Catholic Youth Ministry
Catholic Youth Ministry is the official agency supporting and promoting youth ministry in the Archdiocese of Perth. Our aim is to assist young adults to build a deep and lasting relationship with Jesus and to help them find their place in the Church and the world.