Leadership often feels like being on a lonely planet, especially in ministry. Coworkers are often friends who are also congregants, and it can be delicate to balance these relationships. And when you need to talk through leadership challenges or career advice, it’s difficult to know to whom to turn. As a result, things can sometimes get messy.
In a blog post on loneliness in ministry, Carey Nieuwhof, founding pastor of Connexus Church in Barrie, Ontario, states, “But isolation is a tool used by the enemy. When I isolate myself, I lose touch with reality, cut myself off from relationships that give life, and expose myself to risks that would never happen if I’m in authentic community.”