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Prayerlessness equals powerlessness, and the enemy knows that fact.

9.Reading distractions. The Word of God is the sword we use in the battle. Distractions that keep us from reading including the “good” work of ministry at times can be a tool of the enemy.

10. Demon hunting. This one might be a surprise to you, especially given the topic of this post. But, if you come out of this read-ing and find a demon be-hind every rock – a demon that’s causing every issue you face – you’re likely under attack. Satan has a way of distracting us by claiming more power and influence than he really has.

Ministry is not a play-ground, but a battle ground, therefore put on your spiritual armour to withstand all the fiery darts of the enemies. (Ephesians 6:10-18)

Steps to ministry burnout

In my 30+ years of studying churches in Africa, I’ve watched far too many pastors and church lead-ers burn out, sometimes leading to moral failure. Based on my interviews with others who’ve walked this path, here are some steps to move in that direction if you want to become that next burn-ed out leader.

*You do all the work yourself. No one else can do it as well as you can, so why waste time by delegating the work to them?
*Get so consumed with internal work that you stop evangelizing.
*Spend your ministry put-ting out fires in the church. Let somebody else invest in lost persons and see God save souls.
*Find no time to be alone with God. Your job keeps you busy almost 24 hours a day, it seems, so let your sermon preparation be your time with God.
*Base your vision on somebody else’s success. Read books written by successful pastors. Go to conferences. Then adapt everything in your church to somebody else’s mini-stry.
*Focus on a few church leaders, and do whatever it takes to keep them happy. After all, they have the most power and influence in the church. It makes sense to please them and meet their expectations.
*Don’t listen to anybody. Even if you have family members or friends who lovingly encourage you to take better care of your-self, don’t listen. They do-n’t understand the weight you bear as a church leader.
*Get out of shape. Eat out a lot, try everybody’s dessert at fellowship dinners, and don’t exercise. Being a good church leader doesn’t leave enough time to go to the gym.
*Always see the negative side. Somebody has to see the full picture, so be that person. There’s always some negative behind any good thing that happens in ministry.
*Seclude yourself. Relationships in the church are time-consuming. They’re risky. Instead of investing in people, let your office become your safe place.
*Refuse to take a day off. Sure, the church wants you to take some time off – but you’re too committed to do that. You might even make sure others know that you never take time off.
*Walk at the brink of temptations. Thinking that you cannot fall, live close to your sinful tendencies. Watch porno, live dangerously close to the opposite sex and indulge your sinful, carnal tendencies.
*Don’t admit that you’re burning out. If you find yourself in this list at all, just ignore it. You’ve got ministry to do.
*By allowing these factors to run in your life and still thinking you are okay, then you will allow yourself to take a mighty fall in ministry. And you will become another casualty.

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