Summary of Joe Holland, “Ministerial Friendships and Longevity,” at The Christward Collective.

… I’ve come to believe that there at least two givens and one blind spot when it comes to guarding against ministry burnout. Consider the following:

The first given characterizing the pastors that I know is that they study hard. … [W]e are not going to leave the ministry because we’ve lost our theological moorings. … [P]art of the reason we continue in ministry is due to an insatiable intellectual interest in the things of God and a desire to teach them to others.

The second given is that pastors in our circles usually work hard — fingers-to-the-bone hard. … These men may burn out from exhaustion, but they won’t quit because they’re bored.

So, for pastors that think hard and work hard, what more do they need to look out for? Can these two “givens” get them through a lifetime of pastoral ministry? The easy answer is no. Isolation can be an unexpected and crippling characteristic of a minister who is both orthodox and faithful. That is why ministers need to check their relational blind spot to ensure sustained ministry health. …

Don’t let a blind spot be your undoing. Think hard, work hard, and cultivate lasting friendships.