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Sustainable Leadership

Church leaders usually enter full-time ministry with a strong sense of vision and call. However, giving leadership can be stressful, even when things are going well! Yet, there is much that leaders can do to prevent occupational stress turning into burnout.

Why not try the Burnout Test and then find out more about sustainable leadership.

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Fast Facts

Some factors associated with higher burnout score:
  • Leaders who disagree with their congregations about their role
  • Congregations with struggling finances
  • If leaders have difficulty finding suitable people to fill roles
  • Congregations that do not have a clear vision or feel they need to rethink the future
  • where there is conflict or low levels of belonging
  • when leaders feel they have no one to confide in

To help reduce the risk of burnout, leaders can:

  • Look after their physical health, eat well and make time for regular exercise
  • Develop and maintain strong, healthy relationships
  • Nurture and enjoy family relationships with appropriate boundaries
  • Nurture their faith and relationship with God

NCLS Research Findings About Sustainable Leadership

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Burnout - The Game (Learning Activity)
Burnout - The Game - a trivia quiz game based on the book, and designed as an educational tool. Available for $20.00
The book every church leader needs to read
Burnout Workshop 1 (Presentation)
Here is the outline of a workshop based on the NCLS Burnout in Church Leaders Package
Understanding potential pressures in a congregation is the first step toward managing them.
A pastoral look at the pressures of ministry by Paul and Libby Whetham.Available from Openbook.
Leadership style and burnout: the facts at a glance
Is burnout an issue for the Australian church? Yes. See who is at risk

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