Crises in the Congo and Philippines: Pray and Give

​Our Free Methodist brothers and sisters in Africa and Asia urgently need your prayer and support right now. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, hundreds of thousands of people are being targeted for ethnic cleansing, and more than 7,000 Free Methodists have been...

One Indispensible Thing for Avoiding Burnout

    I’m not an expert on avoiding ministry burnout. I’ve been pastoring for twenty-five years, twenty of which have been spent in my current church, and so far I’ve managed (mostly) to avoid burnout, so maybe my experience lends a little credibility for...

Burnout does not have to be part of your Story

    As I sat at the table having my coffee that Monday morning, I felt exhausted. I had no motivation for the day, I was emotionally depleted, and I felt like I just wanted to stay in ‘my cave’ and not talk to another person. What was wrong with me?  ...

Understanding and avoiding Pastoral Burnout

Introduction Charles Spurgeon, one of the greatest preachers in his time (1834-1892), had a lifetime battle with depression. At times, he was in bed and immobile. H.A. Baldwin, a Free Methodist pastor/author, early 1900s, wrote Holiness and the Human Element. This...

Cheered with Thoughts of Christ

I confess out of my seventeen and a half years of ministry in local churches, I never experienced burnout. Therefore, you may want to stop reading here. Sure, I was busy, got tired, and even was very weary at times. I received those calls at two and four during the...