This fact sheet examines the importance of a Christian leader's maintaining supportive
relationships in their own life. Results from the 2011 National Church Life Survey
(NCLS) for church leaders who completed the Leader Survey show that those with strong
supportive relationships are more likely to be thriving in ministry and not burning
out. NCLS Research has conducted extensive research into sustainable leadership
- avoiding burnout and moving from surviving to thriving in ministry. Most church
leaders face many challenges in ministry and also experience many encouragements.
Numerous factors need to be taken into account to understand why some leaders struggle
while others manage well. Some factors may be difficult or even impossible to change.
Supportive relationships is one area where change can occur - where a leader can
examine their own identity, priorities, practices, and relationships to consider
what could be different and how positive results could flow.
Author/s: Sterland, S., Powell, R.
Powell, R., (2011) [computer file], 2011 NCLS Leader Survey. Sydney, Australia:
NCLS Research. Sterland, S. (2014) Supportive Relationships: Personal Foundation
5, Factsheet 1.14006. Sydney: NCLS Research,.
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