Are you burned out?
On the Verge of Burnout?
The following questions may give you an idea as to whether you are experiencing burnout.
Rate your response to each question on a scale from 1 to 5.
1 = “This is not me at all.” 5 = “This is totally me.”
_______ I am exhausted much of the time and rest doesn’t seem to help.
_______ I don’t get as much satisfaction from ministry as I used to.
_______ I dread beginning my ministry responsibilities most mornings.
_______ I feel like a failure in the ministry.
_______ I am sleeping much more/less than I used to.
_______ It’s increasingly difficult for me to deal with people’s problems.
_______ I have more difficulty making decisions than I used to.
_______ I get very frustrated when things don’t go well in the ministry.
_______ More and more I find myself thinking about leaving ministry.
_______ I feel guilty about responsibilities not done or not done well.
_______ I get angry and/or irritable more easily than I used to.
_______ I often feel empty and depleted, like I have nothing more to give.
_______ The ministry gives me very little or no joy.
_______ I am concerned I won’t be able to last much longer in the ministry.
_______ It’s getting more difficult to do some aspects of the ministry.
_______ I feel more and more pressure to perform and succeed.
Assessing Your Level of Burnout
15-29: You probably don’t have a problem with burnout.
30-49: You may be experiencing mild to moderate burnout.
50-64: You may be suffering significant burnout.
65-75: You may be in serious trouble and should seek the help
of a qualified counselor.
Adapted from a similar Burnout Inventory prepared by Ken Williams, Ph.D., Wycliffe Bible Translators,Inc.
*This survey is for self-evaluation only and is not intended to be used as a formal diagnostic tool.