Rambling thoughts on the local church. I love the local church, I am in the Kingdom of God because of a local church where people served, gathered weekly to worship in a space open to the public (a church building), fought, tithed, gave to missions, evangelized, ran sunday school classes and small groups, prayed wildly. Yet I get burned out now and again. Usually it means I am over functioning and then over-judging. Church burnout is real - but also easy to pull out of without ditching the church. It does require intentional self-assessment and re-alignment within the local body. If you see it as a family or team - it's knowing your role and leadership responsibilities in that group which helps overcome burnout. Jesus promises to be present uniquely when we gather in regular face-to-face community. 1 Corinthians chapter 12, 13, and 14 along with Matthew 16 tell us that there is power, gifts, grace made uniquely available in the gathering of the church. So in some ways I think burnout occurs when we think the church is simply a restaurant or store instead of a living body. The local church is first and foremost a living organism. The organization changes some over time - but it's to support and sustain to new generations of believers the organism. Paul also uses the imagery of parts of the body for persons IN a local church. Parts can burn-out - but they don't drop off - unless the part itself is totally dead and diseased. So burn out could mean that a part is over-functioning or someone else is under functioning. One answer is to help the others become alive and function in their gifts. Making platforms for all members to function. If one gets to the point of death - then deep healing may be needed - and some sabbath recovery.