Today is the first day of a Group Blogging Project about the book Mad Church Disease: Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic by Anne Jackson.
The idea of this project is for each of the 11 chapters to have discussion led by 11 individual bloggers. You can read more of the details at this very poorly written SEO Anchor Text here.
I am really excited about kicking off discussion about Chapter 1. First off, Anne expains what Mad Cow Disease is, and how it compares to a disease that you will find in many churches today. Hey, the phrase “Mad Church Disease” got my attention too. You’ll have to pick up the book to read the comparison. It is spot on. Instead of me rehashing the chapter, I’d like to apply my takeaways. But before I do, I think I need to explain who I am.
I am not employed by my church. I am a volunteer in an organization that doesn’t have a great structure for volunteers. I recognize that we desperately need some structure and safe guards put into place to guard our volunteers from burnout. I’ve been right up to the edge of burnout and found myself wanting to quit it all, but God has, as he always has, brought me out of it. I have seen many who have fell victim to burnout and are now missing in action.
Takeaways from Chapter 1:
- Burnout will go unnoticed for quite a while. In fact, we fleshly humans are part of the problem, because our selfish drive and ambition will often overload us to the point of collapse. We do, do, do until we’re done.
- When we’re sick with MCD, it will affect our Physical, Social, Mental, and Spiritual Health.
- Does working at this church interfere with your communion with Christ?
- Wow that statement that is found on page 38 caused me to stop in my tracks. I think the first time I read the book, I had to stop here and wrestle with this question for a week before I could continue.
- When we’re sick, we often contaminate those around us.
- When we’re sick, how can we show a dying world heath?
- Satan ONLY come to steal, kill, and destroy. However Jesus comes to give us life to the full.
So… my question is simple. What do you do to protect yourself and your team against burnout?