Self-Care For Pastors During a Pandemic

I am tired. I am tired of COVID-19 and I’m tired of not doing ministry the way I enjoyed doing ministry.

I will admit that when the pandemic started that there was a sense of excitement. We had to figure out how to worship and minister in a totally new environment. There was a fun burst of creativity and the satisfaction of rapid change beyond all expectations.

But things got old pretty quick.

This fatigue is in some ways confusing. Many of the tasks that I would normally do, I just cannot do. I lead less Bible studies and visit less congregants. And yet I am more tired than when I was doing those things.

Talking to other people, COVID fatigue is something that is affecting other people and not just pastors. It seems to be a universal experience.

If there is a difference, it is that when we are emotionally exhausted, we still have to respond compassionately to that person who calls, desperately looking for help.

This is why pastors need to be proactive when it comes to self-care. This is true at all times, but especially during a crisis like a pandemic.

You may have clicked on this post looking for some easy actionable items that you can put into practice and fix your problems.

Not only do I wish that I had that for you, I wish I had that for me. At this point, I am just at the point of becoming determined to do something. Anything.

I had hopes that this pandemic would be something that we would have to endure for a few months and all it would take was some determination to deal with discomfort.

It looks as if this is here for us for the long-term. It also looks like emotional refreshment is not just going to come on its own.

If I want to be able to care for my people, I will need to care for myself.

What will that look like? I will let you know when I figure that out.

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