Congregations seeking to transform can recognize burnout in their leadership. This includes lay leaders, staff, and the pastor. They realize they cannot take the next steps forward with these leaders without them having a time away to renew themselves and with a refreshed spirit return to address the challenges of transformation once more.
Many congregations talk about sabbaticals for their pastor, a few for staff, but hardly any for their lay leaders. The first step for these congregations is to learn, recognize, and address the burnout going on right around them with pastors, staff, and lay leaders.