Ira Antoine: I think now, as best we can, is to start getting into a habit of taking care of our hearts. Taking care of our minds.
Karl Vaters: My guest today is Ira Antoine. And the topic today is decision fatigue. Yes, that exhaustion you feel when there are just too many decisions to be made and no one else to make them. Ira has been the pastor at Minnehulla Baptist Church in Goliad, Texas for 14 years. He is also the Director of Texas Baptists Bivocational Pastors Ministry.
In this conversation, Ira offers a lot of practical help for an issue that every leader will face during seasons of challenge, including asking: what is decision fatigue? Why are we facing it? And what can we do about it?
We recorded this in the middle of the pandemic so you’ll notice that some of the references are a little dated. But the issues that he brings up are evergreen no matter what kind of crisis or series of decisions we may be making in the pastorate. Don’t forget to stick around when the interview is done. I’ll come back with an overview of the content and an answer to the question “can this work in a small church?”
It is great to be with you or to have you with us today, Ira Antoine. You and I don’t really know each other, we’ve just seen each other through these little boxes on Zoom during the past year, because we’re both part of a ministry where small church pastors and those who work helping small church pastors meet every once in a while to discuss how can we do this better?
So, the last time we met, which was just a week or two ago, we were talking about all kinds of different subjects. And you brought up a subject and you said some things that I thought were so wise and so important about the subject that I thought, you know, this deserves a further conversation and the subject you brought up was—you called it decision fatigue.
Ira Antoine: Yes.
Karl Vaters: Can you tell us what decision fatigue is? Give us a quick outline of what it is so we can begin that conversation. I think it's so important for us.
Ira Antoine: Yeah, so decision fatigue for me over this last 10 months or 11 months almost now, we've had to make decisions on the fly. So, they change. So you make a decision about when are you going when you're going to start up again, or what are you going to do now in light of the pandemic, in light of the restrictions that you have. And as soon as you make that decision, something changed. Some guidelines changed, some new numbers came out and you have to make a change midstream.