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Mad Church Disease: Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic

Read the Intro & Chapter 1 in Anne Jackson's book Mad Church Disease this morning. I'm not feeling particularly burned out but I as I started reading, I'm grateful I picked it up. I think I see the first signs of it cropping up. Anne is similar to me. Pastor's kid, grew up in the church, in our late 20s, a deep love for the church but we've seen a lot of reasons not to.

Thoughts I appreciated...

  • I am asking God to keep my gifted friends from becoming another statistic - another broken pastor who crawls away from the church and their "calling," simly trying to survive and rebuild their life.

  • When we should have been fighting with our fellow believers back-to-back, we find ourselves bandaging our wounds from friendly fire.

  • When we should be breathing life into a comatose world, we find ourselves gasping for air, just trying to survive.

  • Since I had allowed spending time with God to be replaced by spending time doing things for God, my spiritual tank had been sucked dry. When that happened, I began to lose perspective on almost every area of my life.

  • Does working at this church interfere with your communion with Christ? I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I was so wrapped up in doing, I had forgotten how to simply be.

  • I thought the more I sacrificed, the more I loved Jesus. The more hours I put in for God's work, the more I was committed to his cause. I wanted to make my God proud, and I did a great job at it. The only problem? God wasn't my God. My pride was my god.

  • It's easy for one team member's unhealthy behaviors to contaminate the entire team or the whole church.


anne jackson said…
Wow. I am really late in finding this! Thank you so much for writing this and for the insights.

Is there any way I could ask (beg, plead?) you to share these thoughts over on Amazon? I am learning how important the thoughts of others are when they are considering buying the book. I just want this message to spread as far as it can. Thank you so much!!!

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