Shepherding

Shepherds

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Pastors

Care for pastors at risk for leaving the ministry prematurely.

Boards

Educate church boards and members about the challenges and needs of their pastoral staff.

Students

Establish mentoring relationships between our shepherds and graduating students going into full-time vocational ministry.

53% of Pastors Feel Seminary Had Not Properly Prepared Them For Ministry Tasks.

Pastors feel pressured to be the best at everything they do. They are expected to bring an inspired message every week, oversee church finances, staff, and facilities, worship service, organize and implement community outreach programs, manage volunteers, and counsel the broken hearted. Pastors can’t live up to these unrealistic expectations.

*Statistics on Pastors: 2016 Updated, Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development

65% of Pastors feel their family lives in a glass house and fear they are not good enough to meet expectations.

Although many pastors accept they will be criticized from time to time, a large number battle feelings of resentment when that criticism goes beyond normal work situations into their personal family life. Ministry families hate being in a glass house and often leave the ministry because of it.

*Statistics on Pastors: 2016 Updated, Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development

58% of Pastors feel they do not have any good, true friends.

When ministry leaders have shared their personal issues and struggles with friends, many have experienced painful retributions. Some have been the subject of gossip and have even been fired from their ministry position. It is risky to share their problems with others; consequently, they avoid getting too close to people.

*Statistics on Pastors: 2016 Updated, Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development

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