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40% more likely to hit burnout...
« on: October 15, 2011, 09:03:11 AM »
Last night one of the governors at our school told me that she didn't envy me as a school chaplain, that anybody who works in a pastoral role has a 40% higher likelihood of hitting burnout than other people.

What do you think? Does wearing our hearts on our sleeves as chaplains put us at greater risk of burnout and is there anything we can do to help each other out and help ourselves so that we don't?

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Re: 40% more likely to hit burnout...
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2011, 07:56:31 PM »
I've been told that it's <3 years for church based youth workers now; am I right? Although they may be stats from our protestant brothers and sisters - not sure.

Doesn't surprise me though. Youth workers have a very precarious place in the church - we don't have a recognised 'ministry', as such (unless we are catechists), and we polarise opinion like few others. And when the money's tight, you see who's first to go! It's a recipe for burnout.

On a related issue, did you spot the article in last week's Catholic Herald about some research done among priest saying that although they may be overworked they are actually very happy in their jobs/roles. I wonder if they would get the same results with youth workers?
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Re: 40% more likely to hit burnout...
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2011, 11:32:45 AM »
On a related issue, did you spot the article in last week's Catholic Herald about some research done among priest saying that although they may be overworked they are actually very happy in their jobs/roles. I wonder if they would get the same results with youth workers?

Yes, I think so. But the overworked aspect of it all has the potential to make it all come apart at the seems.

Personally, I had a terrible summer in terms of my energy levels and health. I came back from Madrid tired out and it took the best part of a month - really - to fully recover my energy levels and to feel normal again.

While I was resting at my parents house in ate August I decided that things had to change. At that point, I effectively had three jobs. One has since gone, and I also made myself some rules to live by: always get 9 hours in bed each night, no work after 7pm, no work on a Sunday, eat and drink properly etc... I am doing fairly well with them too.

I really think that youth workers should make themselves a list of rules. What are you going to do to ensure that you don't burn out? How are you going to protect your downtime, your health, your sanity?
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Re: 40% more likely to hit burnout...
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2011, 11:33:41 AM »
I hope Henry doesn't mind but I'm going to move this out of Chaplains Chat and into the main board because I think we can all benefit from it...

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Re: 40% more likely to hit burnout...
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2011, 12:22:06 PM »
...no work on a Sunday...

Sounds like bliss - Sunday's my busiest day!
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Re: 40% more likely to hit burnout...
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2011, 12:51:22 PM »
Fortunately, being school based my weekends are mostly quite chilled.

This is very much a set of rules which need to be averaged out though, rather than applied to the letter. For instance, If we've got a youth group thing on Sunday or an evening workshop, then that's that. But I always try to take the time from somewhere else!!
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Re: 40% more likely to hit burnout...
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2011, 01:22:55 PM »
While I was resting at my parents house in ate August I decided that things had to change. At that point, I effectively had three jobs. One has since gone, and I also made myself some rules to live by: always get 9 hours in bed each night, no work after 7pm, no work on a Sunday, eat and drink properly etc... I am doing fairly well with them too.

I really think that youth workers should make themselves a list of rules. What are you going to do to ensure that you don't burn out? How are you going to protect your downtime, your health, your sanity?

I was encouraged by my spiritual director not to take on any additional youth ministry outside of school. It's been quite hard to do, especially when people look at me as an easy to get resources, but I've- so far- managed to be very firm with it. She had two concerns- one was burnout, and the other was alienating my husband (who isn't a Christian- what sort of impression will he get of God if God is always taking his wife away from him?)

It reminds me of the "Shells" Nooma- we have to figure out what we're saying yes to, so it's easier to say no to things that don't fit with it. I think that's helped me get things in perspective.
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Re: 40% more likely to hit burnout...
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2011, 03:26:22 PM »
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I was encouraged by my spiritual director not to take on any additional youth ministry outside of school.

I spent ages trying to ensure I did not do much beyond work for the sake of my relationship, energy and sanity. And then it all went wrong in three weeks in June when I got into a terrible habit of agreeing to things. So now I am on the PPC, trying to organise a parish justice and peace group and am running a youth group in the next door parish.

I tell myself that I am giving them a few months to see how they effect things but the truth is I rather enjoy the new stuff (except the PPC which is tedious) and am unlikely to stop them easily
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Re: 40% more likely to hit burnout...
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2011, 04:07:24 PM »
Fortunately, being school based my weekends are mostly quite chilled.

Nevertheless, I'm sure you still work infinitely harder than I do!
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