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Alternate Activity 2: Burnout - a Misnomer

Activity time: 20 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Prepare a copy of Handout 2 for each participant.
  • Pre-arrange with a participant to read the poem aloud.

Description of Activity

Invite participants to listen to a reading of the poem in Handout 2. What images or words resonate for them? Are there times in their lives when they have felt burned out? What do they think of Masten's prescription ("find another source of power, and if the cord doesn't reach, move the set")? Does that image suggest any ways congregational leaders could support a culture that reduces burnout?

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