Burned Out Survey

Burned Out Survey

How Dry Is Your Well?
A Burnout Self-Assessment Tool

Over the past ten years the following clergy burn-out rating scale has been revised several times. It’s a simple inventory, and I am consistently amazed at how accurately it identifies those experiencing, or on their way to, burnout. I invite you to rate yourself.

Developed by Roy M. Oswald, The Alban Institute, Inc.

For each question, select the number (from 1 to 6) that best describes you.

Total of numbers selected:

0-32 Burnout not an issue
33-48 Bordering on burnout
49-64 Burnout a factor in my life
65-80 You are a victim of extreme burnout. Your life needs a radical change so you can regain your health and vitality.

Before going on, take a minute to fully absorb the meaning of your total score. If you have a score of forty or less, burnout is not really a factor in your life and ministry. If your stress and strain scores are of concern to you, you may want to focus more on the self-care strategies that deal with stress.

If you have a score of fifty or more, I recommend that you take seriously the impact that burnout is having on your ministry and primary relationships. The following reflection questions may help you focus:

  1. Because burnout usually creeps up on us unaware, recall the times when you were not experiencing this condition. What changes took place in your life and/or work to help bring this about?
  2. What are some options that could help to alleviate the symptoms of burnout?
  3. Who are the individuals or resources you can turn to help you reverse the burn-out trends in your life?

Oswald, Roy M. Clergy Self-Care: Finding A Balance for Effective Ministry. The Alban Institute, Inc., 1991. Print.

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