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Christopher Ash, director of Cornhill Training Course, speaking on May 13, 2014, at Truth for Life’s Basics conference, shares out of personal experience and from the Word:

How can burnout be a problem in ministry when Christ Himself encouraged His followers to give up everything for the sake of the Gospel? Christopher Ash explains that there is a vital difference between living sacrificially for Jesus and pursuing our calling in a way that leads to mental and physical exhaustion. When Christian leaders bear in mind that we are created by God from dust and that all of our endeavors are dependent on Him for success, we are reminded that Gospel ministry is a humbling privilege and enabled to rejoice that we are recipients of God’s grace in Christ Jesus.

You can watch the whole thing here:

For the audio, go here.

Ash mentions several books that may be helpful:


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  1. Casey says:

    I cannot recommend John Hindley’s, “Serving without Sinking: How to Serve Christ and Keep Your Joy” highly enough!

    I’d buy a box for every member of my church, especially the servants/staff/pastors.

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