Every pastor is susceptible to burnout, Wayne Cordeiro, pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship, told a group of seven influential church leaders Wednesday.
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Cordeiro was speaking at an event called the Elephant Room in Aurora, Ill., which featured "conversation's you never thought you'd hear from pastors." The Honolulu pastor acknowledged that getting burned out isn't an issue many pastors discuss publicly from the pulpit. But he recently released a book called Leading on Empty that centers on a period of burnout he went through in the ministry.
"It doesn't matter if you are in a small church or a big church," it can happen to anyone, he said at the conference, which was broadcast to over 60 locations across the U.S. Cordeiro explained that when he first started feeling burned out he didn't acknowledge it, and tried to keep going.
"I felt like Schindler. I could've saved one more marriage. I could've led one more person to Christ." But he said he finally realized he was wrong in thinking he could do everything he felt he had the capacity for if it wasn't actually what God had called him to do.
Oftentimes in ministry "you can't stop the train," he explained. "You think you're Superman at first because you link four or five successes together and you think you're bulletproof. We don't forget that we're pastors; we forget that we're human. You sleep with your Superman suit on."
T. D. Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas, who was among the pastors at the Elephant Room, compared the Superman analogy to "a silent scream." He said if a plane is going down the passengers are going to be screaming, but the leader going down with it is not allowed to scream.
SOURCE: Christian Post