America’s shepherds need help. In addressing the issue of pastoral care and retention, studies consistently identify mentorship as an integral component of the solution:
- The research reviewed by the Task Force very consistently identified the following focus areas… mentoring programs by pastors for pastors (“Report on Clergy Recruitment and Retention, PUSA 2004”, Task Force Report)
- Key findings from 2007 Fresno Biblical Seminary study of pastoral retention & attrition: (1) Successful pastors tend to have mentors, seek professional development, and learn to balance personal, family, and church responsibilities; (2) Successful congregations support pastors through encouraging mentors, congregational leadership, active congregational ministry, and sensitivity to pastors’ needs
- “Clergy Retention Report in Church of the Nazarene, 2010” reports: strategies for building pastor-superintendent relationship included… offering training and mentoring opportunities
- Lilly Endowment Initiative’s “Transition into Ministry”, Program Director Rev. David Wood in 2007 report stated, “…But young ministers still have much to learn, and without a controlled environment and without honest critiquing and mentoring by seasoned ministers, they can find themselves as disillusioned and lonely persons, questioning or even rejecting their vocation.”
- Pastoral Care Inc. states the #3 reason pastors leave the ministry is “Feeling all alone”. People may ask why is this #3 …? The reason is very simple – ministers do not have a friend or mentor that they can trust!
Standing Stone Ministry has first-hand experience in the positive life changes that mentorship brings to ministry couples. Take a look at the profiles of all our mentors and see for yourself how their valuable life & ministry experience can help a pastor you know.