Show Notes – Episode 23

Emotional Health in Gospel Ministry (Part Two)

Jonathan Hoover serves as the Associate Pastor and Couples Pastor at NewSpring Church in Wichita, Kansas. Jonathan holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and counseling from Liberty University, a Master of Science degree from Regent University in general psychology; and he is currently a student at Grand Canyon University, pursuing his Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology.

Warning Signs of Emotional Health

  • Executive Function Decrease
  • Working Memory Loss
  • Task Switching Lag
  • Feeling of Powerlessness
  • Loss of Purpose
  • Feelings of Threat 

Challenges, Causes, and Contributors for Pastoral Emotional Health Struggles

  • Stress Levels Not Monitored
  • Lack of Relational Support
  • Creative Demand
  • Physical Stress of Being on Call Constantly
  • The Loss of a Sense of Accomplishment
  • Work and Family Life Mix 

Physical Stress of Being on Call Constantly

On diet
We now know that chronic stress creates bodily inflammation, so we do not want to further contribute to that by eating a diet that is also inflammatory.

On sleep
You need 7-1/2 hours of restful sleep a night!

On exercise
We are talking about good, mid-level cardio that will put your heart in a target range.

The Loss of a Sense of Accomplishment

Burn out is when you have those feelings of emotional exhaustion, but all of a sudden there is a drop in your feelings of accomplishment.

Boredom burn out happens when I’m not emotionally exhausted, but I’m not accomplishing anything.

“Pride” and “sense of accomplishment” are two different things. Pride says I want everybody to look at me and realize how wonderful I am. A sense of accomplishment is the celebration that we have when we recognize that a goal has been manifested.

Work and Family Life Mix

Solutions

What did God do for Elijah?

    1. Made him rest (eat, sleep, walk)
    2. Gave him relationships
    3. Returned him to work with a new set of expectations

Three Experiences that Led to Elijah’s Burnout

  1. Shame—”Look at how much of a failure I am.”
  2. Ineffectiveness—“I’m not accomplishing the goal I have.”
  3. Helplessness—“There is no point.”

Chemical and Physiological Balances

Your good hormones are replenishing while you’re sleeping.

Our lives as leaders are on a thrill ride. Most leaders live on a roller coaster of adrenaline and cortisol (the stress hormone) everyday.

Helpful Resources:

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek