Zombies are big today. Big budget movies, popular TV shows, commercials, and even zombie action figures have invaded our culture. Even before they became popular, when someone said, ‘I feel like a zombie,” we knew what they meant… they felt exhausted, lifeless, listless, and were simply going through the motions.
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As a pastor for over 30 years, at times I’ve felt like a zombie pastor. Ministry stress, disappointments, and pressure sometimes seemed to sap my soul of life, energy, and joy.
So how do you know if you are a zombie pastor? Take the Pastor Zombie Zone Quiz. (Tweet this quote here)
The Zombie Zone Pastor Quiz
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If you checked “often true of me” more than 3 times, the ministry stress you’re facing has probably made you feel like a zombie pastor.
I look forward to the end of the day more than the beginning of the day.
My devotional seem seems mostly rote that I’m just going through the motions.
My mind often wanders into negative territory.
I seem to be physically and mentally tired a lot.
I seem to lack motivation for ministry that I once had.
I seem to mindlessly surf the web and play around on social media.
I spend lots of time in front of the TV.
My joy in ministry is not what it used to be.
When I’m with my family, I’m often mentally pre-occupied with church stuff.
I seem to be in a mental fog.
Here’s what your scores mean.
- 0-20%: you probably just need a few days of rest.
- 30-50%: your leadership is probably being hindered.
- 50%+: you are ready to try out for the TV show, The Walking Dead
If you scored 30% or higher on this quiz, it’s probably time to take an inventory of your priorities, time and stress management, and body care. In my next post I suggest ways to get out of the zombie zone.
What have you done to get out of the zombie zone?