A farmer owned an old donkey. One day, while leaning in to get a drink, the donkey fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the donkey braying loudly and followed the sound to its source -- and found the donkey standing at the bottom of the well.
Help! I'm Sinking and I'm the Pastor Burnout:
Both in ministry and in life, the disparity between idealistic expectations and hard reality creates the greatest disappointment an individual can experience. Early in their ministry assignments, pastors brim with excitement and joy as they prepare to lead a hurting world to Jesus Christ. They envision an expectant, loving, and forgiving congregation that will embrace them as family and support them through all of life's difficulties.