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The reason Pastor4Pastors has been developed is because pastors and pastoral ministry in America is in serious trouble. The statistics of how many pastors are leaving the ministry in our day is staggering. The amount of moral failures in ministry has reached an all time high. Pastors are now under attack like never before from the media, cultural social pressures and the evil one himself, seeking to take down the shepherds to destroy the sheep. Simply put, all we do at Pastor4Pastors is help pastors clearly hear God's call once again on their lives and follow it. That's our mission.
Statistics given by another pastoral mentoring ministry reveal that "half of the pastors in America today would leave the ministry if they had another way to make a living." Pastors need help and our ministry is focused on helping them. Pastors4Pastors helps pastors get away like Jesus did in the wilderness and then be able to come back into ministry with a fresh start.
Many pastors feel like failures. Why? Because their church isn't growing as fast as other churches. Their church people often innocently make very positive comments about the sermons of other pastors they hear online, on the radio, or hear at a relative's church they visited. Pastors try not to compare themselves to others. But it's very difficult when others naturally do it - like comparing ball players, actors, singers or politicians, etc. Pastors feel like ball players that failed and got put on the bench, or don't get the leading part, or never get picked. Many pastors struggle financially, or struggle in their marriage, or struggle with stress and time with their kids, or balancing all their responsibilities. Some struggle with a rebellious child, or a sick child, or debt. Sometimes the people in church start complaining and fighting with each other. What's a pastor to do?
A pastor is under constant and continual pressure from his wife, kids, church leaders, staff, culture, media, temptations of all kinds, conflicts in church, finances at home, finances at church, the devil's attacks, and constant unstoppable guilt upon guilt for not measuring up to what he and others think he should be and do. Not to mention that many lay leaders and businessmen the pastor knows and works with seem to unknowingly reflect that he has such an easy job.
This is not a complaint or even a rebuke for the church. This is just an observation, a reality check, a window into the real life of a spiritual leader. This is not an excuse for falling to temptation or a validation of a pastor's worth, but an urgent call to pastors to run, sprint and fight hard to get as close to the Lord as possible and then even try to get closer. You'll never make it - and will even cause damage to yourself and others - if you don’t stay close to the Lord. So Pastor4Pastors has been created to help pastors continue to lead and lead well.
"I appreciated learning from Marty's expertise and insight, as well as the great questions he asked us. There are no words for the full impact this group time together has had on my life!"
"I love the opportunity we had to open ourselves up with other pastors so we could share our struggles together and grow from our different stories. I needed the push to keep pursuing God in my ministry. "
"I loved diving into the Word together, being able to share personally as well as hear Marty's perspective and insights. I appreciated the time set aside to eat meals together and pray for one another. I hope our group can continue to meet!"
"Thank you, Marty and Laurie, for your generosity and your investment in me. I loved the experiences you shared from your years as a pastor and stories of those who inspired you. I was so encouraged by the God-centeredness of your life and teaching."
"I was so thankful to be part of this group. It is so necessary for me to have a way that I can continue to thrive - not just survive. All pastors need this!"
I was in youth ministry when I was in my 20's, went to college, took a pastoral internship, went to seminary and then planted Fellowship Alliance Chapel over 40 years ago. I retired as the Senior Pastor at the end of May, 2021.
I've learned a few lessons along the way, both through victories and defeats. I've had great joys, and terrible sorrows. My hope and prayer is that I can be of some help to other pastors.
My target to hit in this ministry is to help pastors experience a renewal in their relationship with God.
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