I need to share my heart with you about a ministry God continues to bring to me.
For a couple years I’ve owned the domain name hurtingpastors.org. Right now it points to the online ministry I’ve had for years called Mustard Seed Ministry. The decision to purchase this domain, however, was out of a desire to help those who struggle in the ministry; which from my experience is most of us at some point in our career. Pastors and ministers struggle with burnout, temptations, finances, relationships, conflict, and often just from being in unhealthy church or ministry environments. Sometimes their pain is mild, but many times the struggles are major and at risk is one of God’s servants. The Kingdom suffers because the equippers of the saints are unhealthy. I want to help.
Pastors who are hurting may need financial advice, counseling, rest, accountability, career advice, wisdom, re-energizing and encouragement and sometimes even correction in a loving way. When they receive guidance and strength they are able to better serve the Kingdom of God and God gets the glory.
As with many of the ministries I have been involved with, when you have a passion for something or God places something on your heart, you tend to find opportunities to use the skills God has given you. It seems like every week I run across another hurting pastor. The time to act is now.
Well, with the help of my good friend Tony Hill, who just happens to share my heart in this area of helping pastors, we’ve decided to take another look at this domain name. Over the next few weeks and months we’ll be adding resources to the site and re-launch it. If you have ideas or know of resources, please let me know. You can comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.