how can we help?
Your pastor is carrying around the realistic and unrealistic expectations of so many people – it is overwhelming, frustrating, and discouraging. Enough so that it might make him/her want to quit being your pastor.
The top two reasons most pastors leave their churches are ministry burnout and marital issues. We have experienced men and women who can come alongside your pastor and help guide them into a greater state of marital and ministry well-being.
As members of a church, many might wonder what can be done to help care for their pastoral team and keep them from becoming a part of this tragic statistic. Healthy and wise churches make sure their pastors avoid burnout and place a premium on the health of their pastor’s marriage and family.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Read Standing Stone’s 52 WAYS to Care for Your Pastor (by Leslie Eichler – Amazon.com) and select several action steps. Encourage other church members to do the same.
- Become an advocate of care for your pastoral team. Encourage your pastor and spouse to attend a Standing Stone Couple’s Retreat. If your church can’t afford it, partner with Standing Stone to raise the cost of the retreat. Contact us on our website for more information.
- Encourage your church leadership to connect with a Standing Stone Shepherd for helpful pastoral care strategies and invite that Shepherd to come and share a special message on Leader Care some Sunday morning.
Standing Stone Ministry provides ministry support, at no cost, from one of OUR SHEPHERDS who can identify with the challenges and struggles facing your pastor. Who can a pastor go to when the pressures of ministry and life have become detrimental to their health? Standing Stone Shepherds have years of ministry experience and have learned helpful steps that have brought a balance to their ministries and marriages. Our Shepherds are able to build caring and safe relationships with pastors, allowing them to process their challenges and struggles.
Standing Stone also offers a WEEK-LONG RETREAT for ministry couples who need to be refreshed and rejuvenated in their relationship with God and with each other. This retreat is not a vacation, but a special time with Retreat Shepherds who are able to lead them in a time of encouragement and decompression in a safe environment. Note: There is a cost for our Week-Long Retreat. Some scholarship money is available. Please contact our office for more information.
WE'RE HERE TO PROVIDE YOUR PASTORS SUPPORT
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