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10 Signs Ministry is Killing You (and You Don't Even Know it)

There are moments where the surge of schedules, stretch of finances and stress of personal conflict can kill a leader. Sometimes, even as we lead the charge, we are unaware that we are being mortally wounded. Here are my unofficial, unscientific, half tongue-in-cheek check list of signs that you are too stressed and my be in danger of ministry death.
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There are moments where the surge of schedules, stretch of finances and stress of personal conflict can kill a leader. Sometimes, even as we lead the charge, we are unaware that we are being mortally wounded. Here are my unofficial, unscientific, half tongue-in-cheek check list of signs that you are too stressed and my be in danger of ministry death.

10. Dandruff Blizzard: If you have flakes coming off your head that could double as skin graphs and/or shut down a small Midwest town’s school system, maybe your scalp is trying to tell you something about your stress level.

9. Diet Bi-polarism: If you down protein shakes and broccoli all day only to gorge on a mound of sour cream laden nachos and mini Snickers at 11:50 p.m. you may be more depressed than you are admitting.

8. Flossing death: If you leave large chunks of gunk in your bi-cupids and just don’t care anymore, maybe you are too depressed to want teeth in your old age (or to even want an old age).

7. Alternate job fantasies: If you look at the mini-mart clerk and think, “Now that‘s the life,” maybe you’re not having as much fun in the ministry as you did at first.

6. Commercial Crying: When you find yourself snotting and bawling at a Hallmark card commercial, you might be a bit more emotionally fragile than you realize.

5. Exploding Spouse: If you have a major marital blowout over, “I do help out around here!” you may be more distracted by your job than you know.

4. Facebook, and Twitter Addiction: If you draw a blank during sermon prep time but are inspired to update your status every 10 minutes, you might be a bit more burnt-out than you are admitting.

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3. Irritable Bowl Syndrome: Do I really need to explain this one?

2. Cranky Commenting: If you get on others’ blogs just to stir up fights … get counseling now.

1. Receipt Purgatory: If you write blogs like this instead of organizing you monthly ministry receipts you are—completely normal. A bit stressed, maybe, but normal. Normal for sure.

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