Taking a Break From the Lord’s Work

The NY Times has an interesting article on clergy burnout.  You can find it here.

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  1. Is it possible the reason “Burnout” is such a problem
    for **Today’s** “Pastor/Leader” is
    they have found themselves with

    a “Title” and “Position” NOT found in the Bible?

    Did anyone have the “Title” “pastor” in the Bible?
    Was anyone ordained a “pastor” in the Bible?
    Any congregations “led” and “taught”
    by a “pastor” in the Bible?

    And every “pastor” I’ve met
    also had the “Title” “Reverend.”

    Does anyone have the “Title” Reverend in the Bible?

    Had a friend, an Episcopal Priest,
    would tease him about all the “Titles” he carried.
    Priest, Father, Pastor, Vicar, Rector, Reverend.
    Would ask him…
    Any believers, in the Bible, with these “Titles?”

    Jesus taught “His Disciples”
    NOT to be called “Master/Leader”
    For you have “ONE” “Master/Leader” The Christ.
    Mat 23:8-10 KJV

    Ezekiel 14:1-7, speaks about “Idols of the Heart,”
    and now God will speak to us according
    to the “Idols of our Heart.”
    Has that “Title” “Pastor/Leader” become an “Idol?”

    In my experience…

    Titles become Idols.
    Pastors become Masters.

    Along with the “Title” and “Position” comes
    “A Little Bit Extra.”
    Power, Profit, Prestige, Glory, Honor, Reputation, etc..

    All “Idols” of the heart,
    heavy weights on shoulders NOT easy to lay down.

    And other sheep I have,
    which are not of this fold:
    them also I must bring,
    and they shall “hear my voice;”
    and there shall be “ONE” fold, and “ONE” shepherd.
    John 10:16

    One Fold – One Shepherd – One Voice.
    If Not Now, When?

    Be blessed in your search for Truth… Jesus.

  2. While the ministry of pastor does appear, you are right that there is not the model of a a paid ordained pastor (reverend) who runs a church in the New Testament. But of course there are no canon, church building, examples of orders of service, and numerous other things that we take for granted. I agree that they can become an idol, but I do not think that is the main reason for burnout. As for titles, I always ask people to not address me as pastor or reverend, but as Steve.

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