This week on the White Horse Inn we are continuing our series on maintaining sustainable church discipleship. In this program, we will focus on pastoral burnout and the grace that avails even pastors. The statistics concerning pastoral ministry are staggering. Nearly 50% of pastors never make it to their fifth year of ministry. 90% of pastors will leave the ministry before retirement. Every month nearly 3000 pastors leave the ministry.
To help us think through this pressing issue is special guest Clay Werner, a pastor in Athens, GA. He is the author of a book dealing with this subject entitled, On the Brink: Grace for the Burned-Out Pastor. What causes pastors to leave the ministry? How might pastors and congregants overly burden the ministry? How might pastors functionally have a theology of glory and not a theology of the cross? What grace is available to a minister? What practical things can the minister do to help cultivate the joy of the resurrection? Join us this week on the White Horse Inn as we discuss pastoral burnout and uncover the hidden assumptions of pastors and see what grace says to these assumptions.