Struggles are common in the faith community, but aren’t openly discussed because of the stigma surrounding mental illness and faith traditions. It is equally important to understand that as a ministry leader (or spouse), being overwhelmed, anxious, or sad doesn’t automatically classify you as having a mental health disorder. It’s important not to get hung up on labels, but to be honest about your ability to serve and lead with true joy. Whether you want to be proactive, and develop vital habits that create balance, or you’re running on fumes and need to take a step back, invest in support.
As a Spiritual leader you are not above the pain and struggles of everyday life and pretending that you are can create an open door to a deep sense of brokenness. Leaders often feel their job is to take care of the needs of others. At times, this may mean ignoring or minimizing your own. Sadly, it can also mean your home life is fragile and potentially another place of pain.
You do not have to suffer in silence. Don’t spend another moment living beneath the abundant life that has been promised. Come and find rest within a safe and supportive environment, where reprieve and healing can be found.