If you are facing a forced termination and it is not due to persistent sin or moral failing, please read this article:
Is Their a Rulebook on Forced Terminations?
www.smolderingwickministries.org-- Smoldering Wick Ministries is a servant ministry to leaders who are wounded or burned out. "Healing Ministry Leaders and Thereby Touching Millions of Lives."
ThrivingPastor.Com The pastoral ministries department of Focus on the Family hosts this Web site, which provides a “Web neighborhood for pastors and their families.” Their stated mission is “to facilitate spiritual restoration and renewal for ministry families through resources and services.” It includes articles, message boards, help with professional issues, and a section for pastors’ spouses.
www.clergyrecovery.com—The host of this site is Christian Recovery International, and its goal is to provide support, encouragement, and resources to religious professionals in recovery. The site includes forums, resources, events, and links to other Web sites affiliated with Christian Recovery International.
www.findthedivine.com—This organization offers information about more than 1,000 retreat centers across North America available to pastors’ families (and others) for spiritual retreat and renewal. Listings of retreat centers by region, state, and province, and a directory of spiritual directors and coaches are included.
www.balmnet.co.uk—An online support group for damaged ministers, this site is based in Great Britain. Their specialty is ministry to abused clergy, which they define as “unreasonable behavior toward Christian ministers which undermines their ministry, causes excessive stress, and threatens their health.” The abuse can result from constant criticism, threats, unrealistic expectations, and even physical violence.
www.joy-bringer-ministries.org—Joy Bringer Ministries is a ministry dedicated to extending healing and restoration to those in abusive relationships. Joining Christ's own mission is our goal ..."to preach good tidings to the poor...to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;..."Luke 4:18
www.i-m-f.org—This is like your local ministerial association but on an international scale. It offers a lot of services, from insurance to tax advice. But it also offers help with marriage and family problems, consultation and networking on ministry-related issues, and an intercessory prayer group for urgent and continuing requests for ministry and personal needs.
http://www.pastorcare.org/ The Ministry of PastorCare Founded in 1995, PastorCare, The National Clergy Support Network, was established to provide a confidential, Christ-centered ministry for pastors and their spouses in need or distress. With the goal of helping those who are called to ministry, stay in ministry, Dr. Moore established PastorCare to provide services through a support network of caregivers and laypersons. For each situation and need, PastorCare has a specific, proven response and resources.
PastorCare does not charge for services. PastorCare is a purely faith-based, non-profit ministry supported by gifts, donations, and a volunteer network of caregivers and service providers. Retired pastors, missionaries, and volunteer laypersons respond to, encourage, support, and assist pastors and their spouses who contact PastorCare. The goal is to meet the need and revitalize God's shepherds to continue the call to serve God's flock.
A special thank you goes to everyone who contributed to this list and to "Zoe" for compiling it for us.
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