Revisiting the Stress on Megachurch PastorsApril 20, 2007
In the series I did late last year on the Walmartization of the church, and the postings about Ted Haggard, I noted a trend concerning these megachurch pastors. The job they do is often beyond the ability of mortal man, even with the miraculous help from the Lord.
I personally believe that a large program-based church cannot allow a pastor the time and rest he needs to function as a normal human being. This is what often contributes to the moral and financial decline of men like Ted Haggard.
Just this last week, I heard two significant church leaders in our country bemoan the burn-out that they are fighting. One is the best-selling author and pastor of one of the largest churches in America, Rick Warren. The other is the pastor of one of America’s fastest growing churches, Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Both men in public services,and again in their writing, have told of the dark days they have been going through as their energy has come to the end.
Will you pray with me for them? Also, will you pray that they will have the insight to divide up their congregations into many parts as men like Doug Murren have done so that they will not face this again in their lives. Either that or adopt the cell model of ministry. I expect the stories of megachurch pastors running into the proverbial wall will become commonplace in days to come. Perhaps fifty years ago, they could have done this job. But with email, cell phones, and the multiplication of time commitments, there is virtually no chance the pastor of a megachurch can avoid burn-out…or worse.
(Additional Note: I haven’t been shirking my writing duties…I have several postings in final edit for this blog…you may find a lot of material coming very quickly. I apologize).