5.64: Pivot Podcast Q&A Response Session

Get answers to burning questions on exhaustion, burnout, and leadership challenges in this insightful Q&A session.

All your questions answered in this Q&A session about exhaustion and burnout, what to do when your congregation is tired and lacking energy, pastoral identity, and preaching and leading when people are in conflict and it is an election year.

Questions that listeners asked include:

* Q1: “I’m burned out and exhausted; is it time to call it quits?”

* Q2: “Help: my congregation is tired and lacking energy, what can we do to fix it?”

* Q3: “If I’m not preaching and teaching and doing everything, then who am I as a pastor? If I’m not at the center of things I don’t feel like I’m doing my job.”

*Q4: “What do I do when people in my congregation are at odds with one another, and with me? This is an election year when American society seems more divided than ever. How do I lead in this environment?”

Show Notes:

Meet Your Hosts

  • Terri Elton

    Terri is a teacher who loves Jesus and God’s world. She currently is a Professor of Leadership and Dean of Academic Affairs at Luther Seminary, but has also served in congregations and non-profit settings. In her free time, Terri loves to bike and explore nature. She, along with her husband Eric, believes the world is interesting and together they travel to different cultures and places as often as they can.

  • Alicia Granholm

    Alicia Granholm is senior director of Faith+Lead and a leadership and church consultant based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. She helps pastors and leaders engage culture to make a lasting impact. For nearly two decades, she has trained, equipped, and empowered followers of Jesus to engage their local communities by contextualizing the Gospel and its application. Alicia compassionately crosses cultural boundaries having lived, studied, traveled, and served in 25 countries on six continents. Alicia has a Doctor of Strategic Leadership, Global Consulting (Regent University), MDiv (Bethel Seminary), and MA in Teaching (University of St. Thomas).

  • Dwight Zscheile

    Dwight Zscheile is vice president of innovation and professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary. His latest book is Leading Faithful Innovation: Following God into a Hopeful Future (with Michael Binder and Tessa Pinkstaff, Fortress Press, 2023).

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