This past Monday & Tuesday some of the pastors of my area had the opportunity to spend some time in Sabbath retreat. It's an annual time to reconnect and recenter with lots of free time simply to be.
One of my favorite people in the whole world was there and we got to spend some time together. Phil Tousley is a fellow pastor and brother who truly drinks deep from the Spirit's well.
Anyway, we were talking a bit about the church and it's leaders when he said something that just rung so true to me. We were lamenting the whole movement of Christianity as the new self-help-self-fulfillment placebo and how this even creeps into pastoral leadership and our constant fear of "burnout" when he said:
"I'm not sure that we [pastors/leaders] really ever suffer from "burn out" as much as it is a question of spiritual bankruptcy."
Wow! We went on to talk about how the means of grace are such a vital connection between who we have been created and called to be and the One who created and called us in the first place.