Zeal Without Burnout: Seven Keys to a Lifelong Ministry of Sustainable Sacrifice

Zeal Without Burnout Seven Keys to a Lifelong Ministry of Sustainable Sacrifice Thousands of people leave Christian ministry every month They have not lost their love for Christ or their desire to serve him But for one reason or another they are exhausted and simply cannot carr

  • Title: Zeal Without Burnout: Seven Keys to a Lifelong Ministry of Sustainable Sacrifice
  • Author: Christopher Ash
  • ISBN: 9781784980214
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Thousands of people leave Christian ministry every month They have not lost their love for Christ, or their desire to serve him But for one reason or another, they are exhausted and simply cannot carry on Christopher Ash knows this experience all too well As a pastor of a growing church, and then in his role training people for ministry, he has found himself on the edgThousands of people leave Christian ministry every month They have not lost their love for Christ, or their desire to serve him But for one reason or another, they are exhausted and simply cannot carry on Christopher Ash knows this experience all too well As a pastor of a growing church, and then in his role training people for ministry, he has found himself on the edge of burnout a number of times, and has pastored many younger ministers who have reached the end of their tether His wisdom has been distilled into this short, accessible book, in which he reveals a neglected biblical truth and seven keys that flow from it Understood properly, and built into our lives as Christians who are zealous to serve the Lord, they will serve to protect us from burnout, and keep us working for God s kingdom and glory.

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    About " Christopher Ash "

  • Christopher Ash

    Christopher Ash works for the Proclamation Trust in London as director of the Cornhill Training Course He is also writer in residence at Tyndale House in Cambridge, and is the author of several books, including Out of the Storm Grappling with God in the Book of Job and Teaching Romans He is married to Carolyn and they have three sons and one daughter.

  • 444 Comments

  • An outstanding short book that challenged me deeply. "I am - and will never, this side of the resurrection, be more than - a creature of dust." Because God does not need sleep, I can sleep. Because God never stops working, I can get some rest. God doesn't need friendship with humans, but I do. And God, who needs no nourishment to keep going, provides all nourishment for me if I would but receive it.My labors are worth it, but they are not my reward. My name is written in heaven. I am so glad for [...]


  • No astonishing new insights here -- just helpful reminders that a person needs to pace himself/herself to avoid reaching a place where you just shut down and quit. Often that perilous condition sneaks up on us unaware, so the time to pay attention is now. Most helpful for me was the simple reminder that while it is a privilege to be in ministry, it is a greater privilege to be a recipient of grace (106). If a person is driven more by gifts than grace, he will find himself "only as good as the la [...]


  • If you're involved in ministry, whether at the pastoral level or otherwise, you need to read this book. If you're too busy to read it, then you REALLY need to read it. I'm sure I cannot recommend it highly enough, other than to say that by God's grace it may have saved my ministry.


  • I really liked the many diverse real-life examples throughout this book. The practical tips are really helpful too. But I feel that the real heart of the problem of over-serving wasn't explored that much - often it's a sinful attitude of needing to be needed and pride - and while practical tips will help, actually the turnaround point for most of the stories was when the burnout humbled them and they acknowledged the actual responsibilities that God has called each of us to.


  • Short book but best read slowly!Read this book with a small group of guys (all in vocational ministry) and benefited from the simple straightforward style of Ash as well as many conversations that stemmed from his content. Highy recommend for everyone serving vocationally in ministry.


  • Very easy read with some good stories. I would have liked to see a few more practical steps in the book but i thought it was a good primer for some Gospel-work theology and success-based ministry motivation. Worth a reread because it’s so short too.


  • Christopher Ash. Zeal Without Burnout. The Good Book Company, 2016. 125 pp. $11.68Let's face it: Ministry, by definition is a brutal undertaking. Most pastors and Christian leaders have no idea what they're getting themselves into when they sign up for full time vocational ministry. Long hours, disloyal people, backstabbers, carnal habits and a propensity to pettiness are enough to drive the most mature minister to the sidelines if not the edge of despair. I've faced it personally. And the stori [...]


  • In Zeal without Burnout, Christopher Ash does a very good job showing how giving our all for the Lord also includes taking care of ourselves the best that we can.Ash takes seven principles that come from Biblical truth about who we are as human beings and who God is and applies them to our service to our God. Burnout often comes when we forget we are creatures and don't take care of ourselves. Ash reminds us that we are dust (Gen. 2:7; Ps 90:3) and we are not God. Sounds pretty obvious, right? B [...]


  • In "Zeal without Burnout" Christopher Ash gives us seven keys to a lifelong ministry of sustainable sacrifice. He says that we need sleep, a Sabbaths rest, friends, and inward renewal. To these he adds a warning, an encouragement, and a delight. Through practical examples and wise Biblical counsel Mr. Ash demonstrates that there is hope for those facing burnout.





  • This book is excellent (as is everything I've read by Ash). I'd recommend it for any Christian, especially anyone who serves in any significant way. In fact it wouldn't be relevant only to those who serve in ministry but the principles in this book will be helpful for any one who works at all.The book is short, which is perfect if you are feeling like you're close to burn out. The downside of that is that it's necessarily only an introduction. Ash calls it a "reflection".That doesn't mean it doe [...]


  • Ash writes a short, encouraging, and humbling book reminding ministers that they are but dust, in whom God has chosen to show His grace towards. The book speaks into a gospel driven ministry, sharing seven key reminders to ministers as they proceed in the ministry. Majority of the content is pretty common sense, but it is this common sense that is so easily neglected due to issues regarding pride. The book is a helpful reminder and a short read. I think it would have been helpful is Ash went fur [...]


  • This little book is an easy and quick read but very insightful. I was especially moved and encouraged with chapter 5 - A WARNING: Beware celebrity! I felt a great release by realizing that ALL the work of the ministry is God's to exalt or leave hidden. It's not up to me nor is it about me. As for the author, I've truly enjoyed some of his other books - "Discovering The Joy Of A Clear Conscience," "LISTEN UP!: A Practical Guide To Listening To Sermons," and "The Priority of Preaching".


  • Short read but a great one. I could have finished it much quicker but I took the time to digest some of the points of the book. This isn't groundbreaking, by any means, but there are some great reminders. Remember, that your name is written in eternity is much more important than achieving what you may define as a successful ministry.


  • Some very helpful pointsThis book was very helpful. It will certainly change the way my husband and I do ministry. It has encouraged me to make some life changing decisions. Certain parts seemed to run on too long. It was a short book that could've been shorter. That is the reason for my low review. It's a pricey book for a 1-1/2 hour read.


  • Short, and yet powerful truths contained in this book! My first thought upon finishing the book was "I wish I had a copy to give to every friend that I have in the ministry!"The truths contained in this book are Biblical and very needed in this "ministry-success at all costs" mentality that many churches & Bible colleges today espouse, if not in their classroom, in their ministry.


  • Such a helpful, encouraging resource. A quick read, which was so good for me to have so much truth packed into pages that I had time to really get through. Thankful for how God calls us to examine our hearts!


  • Super book. Challenging us to be as deeply honest as it is. Contains serious warnings and wake-up calls for people in ministry. Read it before you need to. It reminds us that though we are but dust (really?) we are loved in Christ, whatever our ministry role, and not because of that role.


  • This was a great book God led me to read at the right time in my transition in ministry. It has allowed me to examine myself, the direction I am coming from and going. I would recommend this book to every pastor, because NO pastor is immune to ministry burn out.


  • This was a helpful book that brought to my attention the need to ‘look after yourself’, mentally, physically and spiritually, to avoid burnout. It may need to be balanced with one that fans the flames of zeal, and encourages us to give our all for Christ.


  • Really this is a book for any type A Christian prone to independent self-reliance, overcommitment, or perfectionism. Nice and short but with good challenges and things to think through. Also provides good insight to help you pray for your own pastors.


  • This book brought to light some things I had never thought of, specifically in the lives of our ministers, missionaries and other people who work in churches. There are also good observations and principles for each of us and our work.


  • I'm glad this book exists because I think the phenomenon of ministry burnout is devastatingly real. But I did not walk away from this book with much. Maybe I expected too much to come from a book on a topic that really must be worked out in real life relationships with people who actually know us.



  • Great book, preachers need to read this. We are not super heroes and need to take care of ourselves, when we die church work will go on




  • A concise but robust read on how to have a faithful ministry that finishes strong. Ash's thoughts on friendship, rest and celebrity are great!


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