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Zeal Without Burnout

Seven keys to a lifelong ministry of sustainable sacrifice

Christopher Ash



Zeal Without Burnout

Seven keys to a lifelong ministry of sustainable sacrifice

Christopher Ash


Lots of people who are involved in Christian ministry (whether paid or unpaid) find themselves having to step back from it. 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. This practical and biblical guidance will help enthusiastic Christians gain the mindset and lifestyle to protect themselves from burnout and serve Jesus for the long term in a sustainable way.

Who is this book for?

Here is Christopher's answer from the introduction:

"I write for all zealous followers of Jesus. Perhaps especially for pastors and Christian leaders ~ to those entrusted with pastoral oversight under God. Some of us have the privilege of being set free from other jobs to devote ourselves to this work; others combine pastoral leadership with “normal” secular work. But I write also for the many keen Christian men and women who, in addition to “normal” life ~ busy jobs, parenthood, and so on ~ labour sacrificially to serve in their local churches."

From the foreword by Alistair Begg

"Christopher brings to this important subject, not just a personal experience of burnout, but a keen eye to the Bible, and wise pastoral insight into the pressures many of us face as we live for Jesus."

  • Title

    Zeal Without Burnout

  • Author(s)

    Christopher Ash

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  • Publisher

    The Good Book Company

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  • Audience

    Church Leaders

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Overall rating

4.0 based on 3 reviews

This has helped me a great deal

If you’re involved in christian ministry and often find yourself on the edge of (or falling into) exhaustion this may be just what you need.

Susan Marriott

A book for the few

This book is both short and simple to read. Ash writes engagingly and understandably. I would recommend this book to someone in ministry in the midst of, or recovering from burnout. However, I don't think I'd recommend or suggest this book for others. I think it is significantly flawed in its thinking. Ash talks of the idea of "Sustainable sacrifice" and bases most of the book on this premise, but doesn't really flesh that out - I'm not sure how a sacrifice that gives all really is sustainable. Isn't the point of sacrifice that all is laid on the altar?! The book is also built on the premise of people being prone to overwork, rather than people tending towards laziness. I can't think of anywhere where the Bible talks about over-working, but can think of plenty about laziness. Sadly, I know my own heart & my own tendencies - there are times where I have over-worked, but far more frequently need reminding of the need to work hard and not be idle. So, with the exception of a few people suffering from burnout, this is not a book I'd want to see receive wide distribution.

David Wilson

A real tonic

Christopher Ash delicately addresses the subject of burnout in Christian service. Real life stories are interspersed with Biblical wisdom. We must always remember that we are dust, and God. Only Jesus is the Saviour, not us.

Stephen Ayre

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