Stress: Part 1
Tension, pressure, worry, anxiety, strain. These are synonyms for the word stress. Those who lead churches and ministry organizations are often intimately familiar with not only the word stress, but the experience of stress as well. Like high school students lugging heavy backpacks overloaded with books and folders, ministry leaders regularly walk around churches and organizations bearing the weight of spiritual, emotional, and relational problems—some their own, some belonging to others—figuratively strapped to their backs. At times, these leaders don't seem to be aware of or at least mind the added strain; at other times though, the weight is dreadfully apparent, pulling them downward with an unmitigated force.