Book Review: Leading on Empty

Recently I finished reading Leading on Empty by Wayne Cordeiro. I never heard much from Cordeiro until I saw him in the Elephant Room 2. In the Elephant Room 2, Cordeiro was a part of a great conversation on burnout. He mentioned his book Leading on Empty so I knew I needed to get around to reading it sometime. I’m glad I did. This was one of the best leadership books I have ever read.

As leaders, speaking particularly of church leaders, we are expected to lead even if we don’t “feel” like it. Ministry can be a 24/7 thing that demands your time, energy, and heart. This is not always an easy thing for pastors and most of the time leads to burnout. Here are a few statistics to show where many pastors are:

80% percent believe that pastoral ministry affects their families negatively
75% percent report they’ve had a significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry
45% ercent of pastors say that they’ve experienced depression or burnout to the extent that they needed to take a leave of absence from ministry
40% percent of pastors say they have considered leaving their pastorates in the last three months.

This is why Cordeiro’s book Leading on Empty is a breath of fresh air for church leaders. In this book, you will not only learn how to lead when your spiritually, emotional, and physical tank is on empty, but how to prevent burnout before it happens. The thing I enjoyed most about this book was it’s balance. What I mean by is that it presented God’s Word and the spiritual healing side of burnout, but it also presented medical facts and the physical side of avoiding burnout.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone in leadership, epscecially those in church leadership. There is nothing more important in leadership than protecting your spiritual life, physical health, and family. In this book, you will hear Cordeiro’s story of burnout as well as learn how to protect yourself from the same.

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Austin McCann

Austin is the student ministries director at Redemption Chapel in Stow, OH. He has a BA from Piedmont International University in Christian Ministries with a student ministries focus. He also has Master of Arts in Religion with a Christian leadership focus from Liberty University School of Divinity. Austin enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball & golf, spending time with his wife, and sharing the Gospel with students and helping them live a Bible centered life.

3 thoughts on “Book Review: Leading on Empty”

  1. I heard Cordeiro talk about his burnout and leading on full a few years ago on a Willow Creek Leadership Summit, one of the best talks I;ve ever heard there. Certainly made an impression on me and I’ve made quite a few changes in my life since then to apply his wisdom. Haven’t read this book though yet, but I sure will at some point.

    1. Rachel,

      Thanks for stopping by reading my review on this book. I too was challenged to make some changes when I heard his story. Definitely get your hands on this book and read it sometime.

      Austin

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