Reasons to Believe

February 2017

Best Practices

3 Steps to Avoid Leader Burnout


Avoiding burnout can be hard, especially if you feel like you’re carrying the weight of your chapter. This year, we’re committed to carrying that weight with you. With that in mind, we’ve come up with three action steps for you, the leaders, to start discussing with your chapter in the next month. We hope implementing these suggestions will be the start of chapter growth and reinvigoration

  • Ask for help. As a leader, you might find it easy to assume that everyone is aware of the needs of the group and they’re just ignoring these needs, but many times people are just waiting for an invitation to help. Take the first step in recruiting help from others. Let them know where the chapter could use their assistance and invite them to be part of the planning and organization. You can even ask them what their gifts are and how they would like to use them to benefit the chapter.

  • Change it up. It’s common to fall into a routine, making little effort to change things up. The problem with this practice is that people eventually get bored, and this hinders growth. Instead of hosting the normal chapter meetings, plan an outing or field trip. Do something active where you can engage new people and where members will feel comfortable inviting their friends and family. You might also try finding a new meeting location, changing the day and time of meetings, or maybe even meeting more or less frequently. Try doing something different and maybe you’ll see different results.

  • Make goals. One of the best strategies to help your chapter feel alive is to experience accomplishment. This means having short-term and long-term goals. In the next month, spend time discussing what you want to achieve. It could be increasing chapter attendance, setting up an RTB event at a local church or university, or leading a study for a new group of people such as a Sunday school class or youth group. Think of things that you haven’t done before that could help grow your chapter and promote the relationship between science and faith.

The most important thing to remember is that you’re not alone. If you need some guidance, accountability, or would like someone from RTB to pray with your chapter, please contact Bryan Rohrenbacher at chapters@reasons.org.