Ministry friend, are you struggling? Do you want to quit? Are you carrying a heavy load? Do you feel all alone? Need a friend to help you, listen to you, care for you, and give you hope? Please read the post below and reach out to us. You are never too far gone that the Lord cannot restore and refresh you!!! Let us help point you to the One Who is our Living Hope!!
Nearly Two in Five Pastors Have Considered Quitting Full-Time Ministry
With pastors’ well-being on the line, and many on the brink of burnout, 38 percent indicate they have considered quitting full-time ministry within the past year. This percentage is up 9 full points (from 29%) since Barna asked church leaders this same question at the beginning of 2021.
There are many reasons for pastors quitting the ministry, but one I am concerned about is pastors in hiding.
These are men who . . .
- Live in isolation (Few friends, failing marriage)
- Are trapped in some habitual sin
- Fear being transparent
- Do not have an accountability friend
- Are very lonely
- Need help but fear seeking help
- Fear what other pastors will think of them
- Are married to the ministry
Recently, I met with a pastor who went to the depths, even considered suicide, and had to step aside from ministry for awhile. You can read some of Jody’s story here: I’m Alive.
No matter how many people stood by my side, I felt completely alone. I was lost in a haze of confusion that had me scrambling for answers that were nowhere to be found. Wicked forces were attacking my thoughts and strangling the very life that I had loved so much. I knew no way to fight back.Jody Jenkins
Men, Jody and I are concerned for you if you fit into one or more of the categories mentioned above (or others not mentioned).
Can we help you? Do you need a safe, non-judgmental refuge to be heard, loved, and cared for? A place where you will be with men who are dealing with the same issues but are finding genuine help? A quiet place to meet with God and see Him give you hope? Both of us desire to provide such a place. We are throwing you a rope!
We are hosting an initial gathering in the East Tennessee area Tuesday, October 4, 2022. If you are interested, please reach out to me at email@example.com or Jody at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Jody and I are yoking up with Jesus and inviting you, pastor in hiding, to come and find rest for your soul. Please let us know if you’re interested in joining us on October 4. Email me email@example.com or Jody at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are ready to serve you.