Field leaders, like all of us in ministry, have their ups and downs in their intimacy with Christ and their sense of God’s pleasure. Even Paul felt the result of ministry pressure in Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea and Athens as he began his time in Corinth in Acts 18.
The downs can come from personal/family tragedy or illness. They can come from a feeling of personal failure, or tension/conflict among missionaries under their oversight. They can come from chronic socio/political turmoil. They can even come from organizational changes and perspectives. Or they can come from the growing fatigue of doing spiritual battle. They can also come from a sense of not using one’s God-given gifts.
One thing is certain: the field leader job is a “pressure cooker” role. Over 70% of the team leaders in the IMPACT Study filled their roles on a part time basis, which suggests that they also had the demands of a hands-on ministry role to fulfill. We know that 34% of the 277 field leaders struggled with balance among work, personal and family responsibilities. Furthermore, 25% found it increasingly difficult to have the “capacity for sustained joy”. A sense of not using their God-given gifts was felt by 22%. (See more research details in the “Research Reports” section.)
So the question is, “How do you regain a sense of spiritual intimacy with Christ? How do you regain a sense of being where God wants you to be?
The issue with “spiritual resilience” is the ability to bounce back from a tough day, week, month or even longer. Spiritual low times are inevitable for every field leader. The question is, “How do you regain your spiritual footing?”
Request: We want actual field leaders (past or present) to respond with some ideas or practices you have found useful. Please be very descriptive and cut the “Christianese” from your responses. We don’t expect nice, easy answers. We don’t expect “victorious living, living happily after” answers. We merely want honest ones. We want practical answers that help you with your unique DNA.
Please write your responses in the “Comment” section below or write me at email@example.com.
We know one’s spiritual health is vital to the field leader role. Help us explore this together. Thank you for joining the discussion of this vital area.