Support & Encouragement for Pastors
Pastoring and leading a ministry is really hard work. You need to be a teacher, confidant, business consultant and spiritual guru all at once. But who are your people? Who backs you up and encourages you? Who do you get vulnerable with about your doubts and struggles? I’ve been in pastoral ministry for years. I know how isolating it can be, and I know first-hand the toll of burnout, depression and anxiety. I also know the healing power of God and the restorative effects of community, even transient “internet community.” So I’m offering some free supports for you below.
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No strings attached. You need someone to share with? Share with me. You need to chew over an idea out loud without your local people hearing about it? I’ll listen. Totally confidential and low-key, we’ll jump on a video or audio call and talk. If you want to pray together or even do some meditation and mindfulness exercises, we can do that too. It’s your emotionally safe space to open up.
tips and resources
Here’s a selection of things I’ve written or recorded to encourage you, inspire you to lift your gaze, and equip you for the work ahead. I hope they help!
Most churches are founded around a shared set of values. God often gives someone (or a group of someones) a blueprint, a vision of some aspect of spiritual life that has been neglected in their generation or their region. A community grows around these values. What happens once the community is saturated with your values? Do you keep force-feeding them, or find new values?
Mary DeMuth is the author of over 30 books including popular fiction and Christian living titles. A survivor of sexual abuse at a young age, Mary has devoted much of her life to helping people walk out healing, and now she has turned her sights on the church itself. In this powerful discussion she shared deep truths about where the church is failing, and why, and practical tips on how we can all do better. We discuss her latest book, We Too, which is part expose, part memoir, part healing guide, and predominantly a clarion call for the church to do better.
Our series for pastors and church leaders continues with Rohadi, a Canadian church planter, entrepreneur, author and speaker hailing from Calgary. We discussed the importance of creating safe spaces for people to live out the gospel in their unique racial, cultural and neighbourhood contexts. Rohadi argues that the church has not been marginalized by anyone in particular but by its own failure to act.
Curtis Hinds wants to help Christians become normal human beings again. Currently serving as the Pastor of Evangelism & Outreach at Catch The Fire Church in Toronto, Curtis joined me to discuss how to stop assaulting people with the truth, and instead build genuine, vulnerable relationships that naturally display the power of God in our lives. If you’ve ever felt ashamed for not doing enough work to spread the gospel then get this in your ears today.
Michael Brodeur is a pastor to pastors and a church consultant. We discussed church growth vs church health, the failing megachurch model and the differences between family churches and factory churches. Michael told me that part of the spiritual responsibility of leaders is to help people discover their unique gift mix, their unique passions and dreams, and to get them on a path towards that outcome. If you’re in pastoral ministry you should definitely have a listen.
Pastoring a church is hard work. I spoke with Adam & Amy Ryan about their journey as a pastoral couple leading a small but vibrant Holy Spirit-oriented church. We discussed identity, whose church it really is, and regaining hope after seasons of hardship. Amy & Adam also shared about a chance encounter with Andrew Brunson, the American pastor recently released from prison in Turkey.