Tom Russell - Heritage Christian Counseling Ministries

Every Thursday during the 8 o'clock and 9 o'clock hour, WVMC General Manager Scott Saunders and Tom Russell from
Heritage Christian Counseling Ministries sit down and talk about issues facing the family.

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Topic for October 23rd: Pastor Burnout Continued

Matthew 11:28 "Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest."

1. Dr. Arch Hart reports burnout symptoms include:
a. Demoralization the belief that you are no longer effective as a pastor.
b. Depersonalization treating yourself and others in an impersonal way.
c. Detaching one's self from responsibilities.
d. Distancing relationships.
e. Feelings of being defeated.

2. Christina Maslach described burnout as a state of physical and emotional and mental exhaustion.  She also chracterized it by feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.  Negative self concepts and negative attitudes about others.

3. Prevention and Cures:
a. Find fresh spiritual disciplines.  Use contemplative prayer.  Give yourself time at work to relax and pray.
b. Take regular time off.  Spurgeon wrote, "Repose is as needful to the mind as sleep is to the body.  If we do not rest, we shall break down."
c. Get proper rest and sleep.  3 to 4 times a week.  Allow adequate sleep.  Adrenaline arousal reduces our need for sleep but we will eventually pay the price.
d. Relax: The relax response is the opposite of the fight / flight response.  20 minutes a day free from the pressure of things present can help reduce stress according to Dr. Hart.  He also recommends a short one line verse to recite through the day relieves stress.

Topic for October 9th & 16th: Pastor Burnout

Isaiah 40:31

What is Burnout?

  • Another word for it is overload.
  • The straw that broke the camel's back.
  • What about the warning signal on the dashboard?

Burnout is when we feel:

  • Physical exhaustion
  • Mental exhaustion
  • Emotional exhaustion

Burnout affects our:

  • Attitude
  • Marriages
  • Work
  • Ministry


  • Rest - Rest has always been important to God.  Remember to keep the Sabbath day holy.  Rest is important to the mind and body.  Think about what happens to the computer without rest and being overloaded.
  • Family - Family comes first.
  • Exercise - Exercise is important because the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
  • Daily Devotions
  • Time Management - The secretaries may be good here.
  • Delegate
  • Accountability
  • Boundaries

Avoiding Pastoral Burnout by Mary L. Rivera

Pastor's Retreat by

Topic for October 2: Pastor Appreciation

Pastor Appreciation and Clergy Survey are the docments that Tom and Scott discussed.

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