By Rodetta Cook

Rodetta Cook has been a pastor’s wife for over 40 years. She and her husband, Ron, have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. She understands the expectations, loneliness and how hard it is to find balance in ministry as a pastor’s wife. Rodetta also leads the pastor’s wives initiative at Care for Pastors called The Confidante and ministers to hundreds of wives each week. She strives to share blogs with other pastors’ wives that will help them in their ministry walk.

    Am I in Ministry Overload?

    Monday, March 11, 2024

    Do you ever feel like you are in overload? We live in an overloaded society. Stress piles up affecting us emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. If we are not careful, we will allow this overload to affect our family and our ministry.

    I want to give you a few things to think about as you look at your life and see if you need to remove some things from your plate, so you won’t be in overload.

    • Know your limits. Evaluate your schedule. Are there things you can eliminate or say no to? Saying ‘no’ in ministry is so hard at times, but if we don’t, ministry will consume us and setting boundaries becomes very hard after our congregation has gotten used to us saying ‘yes’ to everything.
    • What is important? Prioritize so what is important is what you focus on. We cannot give our best if we are saying ‘yes’ to everything that comes along.
    • What is God’s will for you in ministry? We have different seasons in life. You and your husband need to decide what your involvement in ministry looks like for this season, and not what others think you should be doing.
    • Stay in God’s Word. I know when I feel overwhelmed or overloaded, many times it is because I have gone about my day on my own. I know when you have small children it is hard to sit down and have devotions, but maybe listen to a podcast for your devotional while you are doing housework, etc.

    If you feel overwhelmed in your life, ask for help. Not only is God waiting to help you, but He has put people in your life to help. Asking for help is not a weakness.

    You cannot be superwoman, supermom, and super pastor’s wife. Know your limits! We are here to walk this unique ministry journey with you. Let us know how we can help.

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