Top Reasons Church Staff Get Burned Out

by:  |  January 21st, 2016  |  Senior Leadership> Staffing  | 

Are you managing your church staff well? Are you encouraging them and empowering them in their daily work? The reality is, you may be burning out your church staff faster than you think. Here are some top factors that lead to burnout:

Expect staff to take a “church-first” approach.

If you expect your staff to always take a church-first approach rather than setting clear boundaries for work and home life, this can often lead to burnout. Sending your staff last-minute tasks or having them complete tasks after work hours to hit deadlines only leads to extra pressure and stress. One way to avoid this is to make sure you manage your time well and assign tasks to staff well before projects are due.

Provide fixed pay in a job role that has scope-creep.

Scope-creep is not uncommon in job roles that tend to mold and change over time. However, if you don’t up the pay to match with increases in work, it can oftentimes lead to burnout. In most churches, staff members will be in charge of handling multiple roles and may feel the pressure to take on more projects if the church isn’t adequately staffed or if there isn’t anybody else to take on the project. Take some time to evaluate whether scope-creep is happening with any of your staff. It’s often helpful to ask staff how they feel about their workload every once in a while to ensure they aren’t getting too overwhelmed.

Poor vision casting and failure to empower staff members.

As a church leader, vision casting for your staff is an essential part of your role. Take time to tell your staff what you appreciate about them, your greater vision for the church and how their role fits into it, the value their work adds to the church, and where you envision their talents being used for Kingdom building in the future. But vision casting is not enough—we must also empower staff members with decision-making and the tools needed to execute these bigger visions.

Micromanaging staff.

Micromanagement is not uncommon in many church scenarios. And often, this can lead to quick burnout when staff members feel like all their work is being controlled and they have little say in the process. Micromanagement can signal distrust to staff members and create insecurities instead of making staff feel valued, trusted, and empowered.

Are any of the above factors present within your church? Take some time to evaluate and speak with your staff about these common issues to ensure they don’t get burned out and stay within their current role for years to come!