(Thom Rainer) “I just did not have the energy to keep coming back to church.” Though my consultation with the church took place many years ago, I remember vividly my interview with a member of the church who had recently dropped out. Her departure stunned the members and leadership. She was the one member you could count on. She was there “every time the doors were open.”

And then she never showed up again. She simply sent an email of resignation of all ministries and left. This church member experienced classic church burnout. And, as a consequence, she put herself on the sidelines of local church ministry, unsure if she would ever come back to active church life. Burnout among church members may not be as obvious and dramatic as this example, but it is real. Some members gradually become less and less involved until you don’t see them anymore. Such are some of the symptoms of church member burnout. But what are the causes? Here are five common causes. CONTINUE