Bible Study: Compassion Fatigue: Serving Our Lord Faithfully Without Burning Out

The health and wellness of church workers is paramount to a healthy ministry. When a worker is struggling, the affects extend to their spouses, families, churches or organizations, and ultimately, the mission of the ministry.

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Compassion Fatigue: Bible Study Introduction Video

The Rev. Dr. Rick Marrs introduces his Bible study, “Compassion Fatigue: Serving Our Lord Faithfully Without Burning Out,” which discusses the psychological ideas of “compassion fatigue” and “burnout” that often afflict church workers in light of the comfort and wisdom of Scripture.

Compassion Fatigue: Bible Study Guide

This study guide leads participants through the Bible Study, “Compassion Fatigue: Serving Our Lord Faithfully Without Burning Out.”

Rural and Small-Town Mission Webinar: Compassion Fatigue: Serving Our Lord Faithfully Without Burning Out

LCMS Rural & Small- Town Mission hosted a free webinar titled “Compassion Fatigue: Serving Our Lord Faithfully Without Burning Out” on April 15, 2021. The presenter was Rev. Dr. Rick Marrs, director of the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Residential Alternate Route (RAR) Programs and associate professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. 

The field of psychology has been studying “occupational burnout” since the 1970’s and compassion fatigue since the 1990’s. Church leaders, both professional and lay, are also susceptible to compassion fatigue. 

How can we comfort others with this Gospel, while still avoiding compassion fatigue within ourselves? How can we do the “good works God has prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10) while avoiding the temptation to work harder and longer until we collapse physically? 

This webinar explores the areas of well-being with which our Lord Jesus has  

gifted us. It discussed how our individualistic culture, rather than the Spirit, is often the driver for our earthly definitions of success, but as we value our gifts from our Lord, we can better balance all these blessings and not unwittingly succumb to compassion fatigue. 


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