John Messer’s newly released “Burnout or Breakout” is a fundamental handbook that helps church leaders understand their congregation as a system

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“Burnout or Breakout: Systems Thinking for Stifled Leaders and Stuck Churches” from Christian Faith Publishing author John Messer is a didactic account that provides information and resources to stifled leaders so they will not become another case of burned-out leaders.

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“Burnout or Breakout: Systems Thinking for Stifled Leaders and Stuck Churches”: a gripping tome that gives encouragement and hope to the heads of the church who are currently feeling unable to breathe as leaders. “Burnout or Breakout: Systems Thinking for Stifled Leaders and Stuck Churches” is the creation of published author John Messer, a regional executive in the reformed church in America and the leadership development catalyst of Luminexusa.

Messer writes, “How can church leaders be effective without sacrificing their marriage, their family, or their health in the process? How can good leaders get stuck churches unstuck without becoming another casualty? ‘Burnout or Breakout’ provides answers to both. The burnout epidemic among church leaders, combined with cultural volatility, uncertainty, and complexity catalyzes unhealthy church processes to get churches stuck. All these forces combine to stifle good leaders until it seems that no reasonable leadership effort can succeed. This book brings new insights to churches and church leaders frustrated with making tireless efforts to move the church, yet constantly falling short of their goals and objectives. It helps church leaders avoid quick-fix solutions that keep churches stuck by applying systemic, long-term solutions.

“This book brings hope to stifled leaders on the verge of burnout. Building on biblical and experiential evidence, the author presents burnout as a systemic problem. Seeing from a systems perspective enables leaders to discover how their church works and provides tools and strategies to help them realign their church system for health and effectiveness. Based on a comprehensive introduction to systems thinking, leaders are encouraged to see their congregations as complex systems of interrelated and interdependent elements. Effective leadership, from a systems perspective, aligns the church to achieve intended outcomes.

“Based on the account of Jethro and Moses in Exodus 18, leaders are equipped to identify and diagnose church systems designed for burnout and provides strategies to overcome the stifling forces within the church. Leaders are further equipped to apply systemic thinking to common church system problems, such as declining attendance, mission confusion, and volunteer shortages. Brings hope that stifled leaders and stuck churches can break out of their limiting conditions by investing time and effort to learn and practice seeing from a new systems perspective.”

Published by Christian Faith Publishing, John Messer’s new book gives readers a better understanding of how systems that work can provide some relief from the overwhelming burdens associated with ministry and empower church leaders to move stuck churches out of their ruts and into more productive and fruitful ministries.

In this book, the author wants the readers, especially church leaders, to know that the only way they can solve their problems as heads of the church is to learn how to deal with the challenges in a new way.

View a synopsis of “Burnout or Breakout: Systems Thinking for Stifled Leaders and Stuck Churches” on YouTube.

Consumers can purchase “Burnout or Breakout: Systems Thinking for Stifled Leaders and Stuck Churches” at traditional brick & mortar bookstores, or online at, Apple iTunes store, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries about “Burnout or Breakout: Systems Thinking for Stifled Leaders and Stuck Churches,” contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.

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