5.50: Burned out and Overwhelmed? Why this is more normal than you think and what to do about it

Join host, Dr. Dee Stokes, as she speaks with guest Jorge Acevedo as they help church leaders' exhaustion and find sustainable solutions.

In this episode of the Pivot podcast, host Dee Stokes is joined by special guest, Jorge Acevedo. 

In August of 2023, Pastor Jorge retired as the Lead Pastor of Grace Church, a multi-site congregation in Southwest Florida. Pastor Jorge is a graduate of Asbury College, Asbury Theological Seminary, and most recently, he graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary. His doctoral project was entitled “Congregational Vitality: The Church’s Journey from Heroic Solo Leadership to Generative Team Leadership.”

Tune in as we dive into why exhaustion and overwhelm are so common among church leaders today with a few practical next steps that you can take to find a more sustainable way forward for you and your faith community.

Show Notes:

Featuring

Pivot podcast guest, Jorge Acevedo

Jorge Acevedo

In August of 2023, Pastor Jorge retired as the Lead Pastor of Grace Church, a multi-site congregation in Southwest Florida, serving the people no one else wants or sees. It was his joy to be the pastor at Grace Church for 27 years. His greatest delight was watching amazing teams grow in their faithfulness to God and fruitfulness for God.

Jorge graduated from Asbury College, Asbury Theological Seminary, and most recently, he graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary. Jorge’s doctoral project was entitled “Congregational Vitality: The Church’s Journey from Heroic Solo Leadership to Generative Team Leadership.” Jorge was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary.

It has been his delight to be married to his wife Cheryl for 41 years. Together, they have two amazing sons and four more amazing grandchildren who are the absolute joy of their lives. They love traveling the world together as much as their simple date nights over dinner and a movie.

Meet Your Host

  • Dr. Dee Stokes

    Dr. Dee Stokes is an entrepreneurial minister, educator, consultant, author, and podcaster. With 30 years of experience in education, Dr. Stokes understands what it means to be co-vocational and serve God in the Church and in the marketplace. She has worked at every level of education and has also served as a Senior Pastor, Formation and Connections Pastor, and Teaching Pastor. She has a passion for God and His Church and to see people walk in divine destiny. Her degrees are in Sociology (BA from UNC Charlotte), Public Administration (MPA from Devry University), Biblical and Theological Foundations (MBTF from Asbury Theological Seminary), and Educational Leadership (Ed.S. & Ed.D. from Liberty University). Dr. Stokes's research interests include Cultural Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, Burnout, Transformational Leadership, unconscious bias, and spousal responsibility.