During my involvement with a campus ministry, one of the more common troubles was student leaders who would feel burned out, overworked, and overcommitted. One of the best solutions seemed to be times of refreshment and expressions of encouragement and appreciation. It’s remarkable how life-giving it is for humans when they feel acknowledged, cared for, and appreciated.
I think Bill Hull provides good thoughts:
“Think of ways to nurture leaders’ spirits, increase their vision, and build their minds. Look for positive ways to challenge them where they must trust God or fail…
The writer of Hebrews spoke of this when he encouraged us to think of ways to stimulate one another to love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
12Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
If leaders are not required to stretch and actually lead others into the teeth of the enemy’s stronghold, they will become jaded-robots who simply do functions at church. That means we all need to be encouraged daily, or on a regular basis, to go on and continue the journey that God has planned for us.”
-Bill Hull (Building High Commitment in a Low-Commitment World, pp. 163-164)