from Thom Rainer:
The "slump" metaphor is used often in sports. The baseball hitter is in a slump because he has not gotten a hit in 15 at bats. The football quarterback is in a slump because he has only completed eight passes in the past two games.
But pastors can get in slumps as well. Admittedly they are not as easily recognizable as sports slumps. There aren't really any metrics to tell us that a slump is in progress.
Sure, the pastoral ministry slump is subjective if not vague. But it's real. And every pastor experiences it. So I asked several pastors what they viewed to be the causes of slumps they experienced. Here are their top responses in the form of direct quotes.
1. Failure to spend time in the Word and the Bible.
2. The cumulative effect of criticisms.
3. Unfulfilled expectations.
4. Family problems.
5. Financial problems.
6. Physical burnout.
The details of each can be found here.