Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition: A Lay Leadership Development Program for Adults

Alternate Activity 2: Burnout—a Misnomer

(20 Minutes)



  • Copy Handout 2 for all participants.
  • Pre-arrange with a participant to read the poem aloud and provide them with a copy ahead of time.


Invite participants to listen to a reading of the poem in Handout 2.

Use these questions to prompt a group discussion:

  • What images or words resonated for you?
  • Are there times in your life when you have felt burned out?
  • What do you 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 that congregational leaders could support a culture that reduces burnout?