Church and Spiritual Leaders
I first became a licensed minister in 1996 through International Ministerial Fellowship while working on the University of Georgia campus's Bulldog Christian Fellowship. I also spent time studying Biblical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and served as a missionary through Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. I understand the unique challenges that pastors, missionaries and church leaders face.
The Hurting Church
Those in active ministry need a safe place to unload their concerns away from the judgment of their congregations. You need a place where your faith and confidence can be renewed to continue in your life’s calling.
I seek to offer a compassionate and discreet environment where you can be free to confess hurts, deal with conflicts and begin to heal.
According to the New York Times (August 1, 2010), “Members of the clergy now suffer from obesity, hypertension, and depression at rates higher than most Americans. In the last decade, their use of antidepressants has risen, while their life expectancy has fallen. Many would change jobs if they could.”
- 13% of active pastors are divorced.
- 23% have been fired or pressured to resign at least once in their careers.
- 25% don’t know where to turn when they have a family or personal conflict or issue.
- 25% of pastors’ wives see their husband’s work schedule as a source of conflict.
- 33% felt burned out within their first five years of ministry.
- 1,500 pastors leave their ministries each month due to burnout, conflict, or moral failure."
- Chris Maxwell in Christianity Today