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Avoiding Leadership Burnout Session 2 Running on Empty “Beware of anything that competes with loyalty to Jesus Christ. The greatest competitor of devotion.

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1 Avoiding Leadership Burnout Session 2 Running on Empty “Beware of anything that competes with loyalty to Jesus Christ. The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for him” - Oswald Chambers

2 Recommended Reading “You never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine” - John C Maxwell

3 Last time Importance of Team Leadership Concept of Key Workers Sharing the load in order to avoid burnout When you’re finished changing, you’re finished” – Benjamin Franklin

4 Tonight The root cause of burnout A Scriptural Principle to combat burnout Signs of burnout Steps to help avoid burnout Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.” – May Sarton

5 The Root Cause Losing our focus Losing our perspective Forgetting to care for ourselves “ Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only today of its strength” – Charles H. Spurgeon

6 Self Care Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23 “ What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity” – J. Sidlow Baxter

7 Self Care Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. Acts 20:28 “the highest reward for your work is not what you get for it, but what you become by it” – John C Maxwell

8 Questions to consider Are you gaining altitude with God? Do you feel increasing amounts of an awareness of his presence in your life? Is his work more real in you today or less? How is your relationship with your family, friends? How do you view your role as a Home Group Leader or Key Worker? “It’s the space between the notes that makes the music” – Noah Benshea

9 A Scriptural Principle to combat burnout Encouraging Yourself –David 1 Samuel 30, “David found strength or encouraged himself in the Lord his God” How do you find strength or encourage yourself in the Lord? “A good leader is one who leaves behind women and men who possess the conviction and the will to carry on without them” – Baroness Lydia Dunn

10 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again— rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 “The happiest people I know are the ones who have learned how to hold everything loosely and have given the worrisome, stress filled, fearful details of their lives into God’s keeping” – Charles R Swindoll

11 Signs of Burnout “Everyone was saying I was doing really well, but something inside me was telling me that my success was putting my own soul in danger” – Henri Nouwen

12 Signs of Burnout Sense of hopelessness Frequent tears Difficulty concentrating Decision making becomes hard Irritable Insomnia Lowered Activity Levels “Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune” – William James

13 Signs of Burnout Feeling Alone Lack of Marital Attraction Eating disorders Aches and Pains “I wonder how much more effective our churches would be if we made the pastor’s spiritual health – not the pastor’s efficiency – our number one priority” – Philip Yancey

14 Drifting But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News Col 1:23 So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it Heb 2:1 “Articulating the vision may be the single most important responsibility that a leader has” – Walter Wright

15 Steps to avoid burnout –The Physical Gauge How does God want me to take care of my body? –The Emotional Gauge What areas of my character does God want to develop in me –The Relational Gauge How does God want me to grow in my relationship with others –The Spiritual Gauge How is God calling me to grow in my relationship with him? “Everyone thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing themselves” – Leo Tolstoy

16 Steps to avoid burnout What matters most? What is it that only you can accomplish? “ Learning the difference between a concern and a responsibility may save your ministry, your family, and your sanity” – Wayne Cordeiro

17 “ “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up” - Thomas Edison

18 5% 85% of what we do, anyone can do. 10% of what we do, someone with some training should be able to accomplish 5% of what you do, only you can do “ There is enough time in the day to do everything God wants you to do. So if you haven’t enough time, what needs to go?” - Anon

19 Leading on Empty 1.A vibrant, growing relationship with my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. 2.A healthy and genuine relationship with my spouse 3.An authentic family that is close to God and close to one another 4.A God-pleasing ministry 5.A physically healthy body and creative soul 6.Taking time to enjoy life with family and friends “As sure as God put His children in the furnace, He will be in the furnace with them” - Charles H. Spurgeon

20 What is your most important 5% Try writing them down. “We won’t be held accountable for how much we have done, but for how much we have done of what He has asked us to do” – Wayne Cordeiro

21 REST “Adam was created on the sixth day. Clearly, then he had no part in those first six days of for, for he came into being only at their end. God’s seventh day was, in fact, Adam’s first. God works before he rests, while man must first enter into God’s rest, and then alone can he work” “We cannot be dependant on ourselves and on God at the same time. When we consider the practice of rest unnecessary, we will also inevitably lose sight of the necessity of God” – Anne Jackson

22 Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest Mark 6:31 “ He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” Psalm 23


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