To be or not to be

Here is the question…

The 12 Step Spiritual Journey group that I am an apprentice leader for, is about to disband for two months.  The reason is that our two co-leaders are burned out.  They’ve been leading this group for years and they need a break.  It is a hard group to lead as there are hurt feelings, raw feelings, and women who are struggling to become emotionally healthy.  It does take a toll on a person.  So, the co-leaders spoke with the leader over all small groups at our church and they decided to take two months off, re-evaluate what the group should be, and then come back together in August. 

I am worried that this would be a very bad thing for some of the women in our group.  Lately there have not been as many women attending the group but summer schedules do tend to get in the way.  But for those women who are really moving forward, I’d hate for them to hit a brick wall.  One thing that we work on in our group is getting past our feelings of rejection and this could seem the same as rejectcion for them. 

I’m thinking of asking if I could carry on the group during this 2 month hiatus so that there is still an oasis for these hurting women. 

I sure wouldn’t mind if anyone who reads this would pray that if this is to be, God would make the way. 


3 responses to “To be or not to be

  1. I’ll be praying for guidance, Barbara.

    One thing that concerns me is why the two leaders are burnt out. Really, a ministry that points people to Jesus shouldn’t do that. There is a kind of rest when you are in God’s place doing his work. Burn out only happens when you are sweating it, and that is not of God.

    Just my two cents’ worth. Hope you don’t think I’m being too forward.

    Lots of love,

  2. No, don’t think your being too forward at all. Thanks for your input Sumi. I believe they are doing Gods work but this particular kind of group is very taxing. We have addicts, codependants, survivors of every kind of abuse there is, as well as women who are currently in abusive relationships. Even in the midst of Gods work, this kind of work can burn a person out if they aren’t able to take a break from time to time. One of the ladies has been leading at least 4 years I think and the other, at least 2. I’ve only been in the group for 3 and only about a year of that has been apprenticing. I’ve also recently taken a break from leading and have just gotten back into the swing of things.
    Anyway, even Moses had to take some time to himself once in a while, right?
    Thanks for your prayers.

  3. I can understand why the ladies want a break, that would be hard to handle over the long haul. You are right, everyone needs a break now and again. I would think it would work better if only one of the leaders took a break at a time – this would cause less stress on the members of the group.

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