Finishing Well in Life and Ministry: God’s Battle Plan for Burnout | Interview with Bill Mills

“Burnout is largely a spiritual problem rooted in our theology, for the battles rage primarily in our hearts and minds. By theology, we are referring to more than our creedal orthodoxy. It is our practical theology in daily living which reveals what we really believe.”

“Burnout comes from the combination of an inadequate view of God and an inadequate view of ourselves.” —Bill Mills

Bill Mills has experienced burnout. He has experienced stress and ministry pressures overwhelming him to the point of feeling completely broken. He also knows the strength God provides to His children during difficult times.

In Finishing Well in Life and Ministry, Bill Mills and Craig Parro tackle the complex and often discouraging topic of burnout. In the audio interview below, Kevin Halloran chats with Bill Mills about the story behind the book, God’s provision in our weakness, and several biblical examples of servants who finished well after facing discouraging times in ministry.

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Ministry Burnout Statistics:

—1,500 pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention in their churches
—80% of pastors and 84% of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastors
—50% are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could but have no other way of making a living
—70% said the only time they spend studying the Word is when they are preparing their sermons
—Almost 40% polled said they have had an extra-marital affair since beginning their ministry
—80% of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave the ministry within the first five years
—90% of pastors said their seminary or Bible school training did only a fair to poor job preparing them for ministry
—Pastors are 35% more likely to be terminated if they work less than 50 hours weekly
—80% of pastors believe their ministry negatively affects their families
—80% of pastors say they do not have sufficient time to spend with their spouse
—55% of pastors receive support and accountability from a small group
—45.5% of pastors have experienced burnout/depression and had to take a break from ministry
—57% of pastors do not have a regularly scheduled and implemented exercise routine

You may also enjoy the interview with Bill on Adequate! How God Empowers Ordinary People to Serve.

Kevin Halloran

Servant of the Word. Husband. Father. Blogs weekly at Anchored in Christ. Content Strategist/Trainer in Latin America with Leadership Resources International.