Christ is Risen indeed! Clergy of the Great Plains Conference, thank you for your incredible ministry, and especially the intentional work of planning, preparing and leading for Holy Week. Thank you for the multitude of ways you allow God to work through you in all that you do.
I hope that you also have/will take Sabbath time following these Holy Days. Jesus knew the importance of drawing away from the crowds and all of the important demands of ministry to spend time with God. In doing so, he became fully available when he returned.
I also invite you to consider your rhythm of vacation, and extended Sabbath could look like. Did you know that pastors of the Great Plains Conference receive a minimum of four weeks of vacation every year? You can see below for the Conference Vacation Policy for Pastors. If you have not taken your vacation in a while, I encourage you to consider what it would take to make this possible. For those who do take their vacation time, I also invite you to consider how it is working for you, and if there is anything else you may need to consider to truly make it a time away from the work at hand and giving yourself permission to make it known who will be covering for you in your absence, and that you do not need to answer phone calls, texts or emails during this time.
Burnout is real. Spiritual, mental and physical health challenges are real. In talking with various clergy about what they have faced personally and professionally over the past two years, I see the toll that it has taken on some colleagues. I also know that sometimes it is hard to leave behind the people, situations, and ministry of which you care so deeply. My hope and prayer for each of you is that you will take care of your faith and wellness as you lead others to do the same.
Need clergy support? Here is a resource page you can check out created just for you: https://www.greatplainsumc.org/clergy-support
Not sure where to start or would like to talk with someone? Let me know. The care of your soul is important.