Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… There is a ministry available to ministry workers associated with our Fellowship that you should be aware of. Our Fellowship National ministry pays a membership fee to make a counselling ministry available for all our clergy families, including pastors, church staff, chaplains, and their spouses and children. We are 1 of 10 Canadian church groups that partner to make this available.
The Clergy Care Network is a ministry of Focus on the Family Canada. The Fellowship partners with this ministry to make a toll-free phone line available (1-888-5-CLERGY) for ministry personnel to connect with Master’s level, professionally trained Christian counsellors. This phone contact is free for Fellowship clergy and their families. Your call will be kept confidential. No one from your church or our National/Regional offices will know that you made a call. You can even choose to remain anonymous to the counsellor if you wish.
Christian counsellors will counsel, pray with you, provide resources, and give referrals to professionals in your area, among other things.
There are other resources available on the Clergy Care Network website, such as archival information for pastors, pastor’s spouses, pastor’s kids and missionary kids, along with information on special retreats for clergy couples and families
You might want to sign up for Focus on the Family’s monthly “Focus on Pastors” email newsletter. Go to their > website < to sign up.
I recently spoke with one of the Clergy Care Network counsellor assistants and asked four questions. Keeping strict confidentiality, she assured me Fellowship clergy and their spouses are currently using the toll-free line to seek counselling. Typical help offered during these calls has included: offering resources such as books; online resources; referrals to other organizations or counsellors; psycho-education on issues such as boundaries, addictions, abuse; developing safety plans when needed; exploring alternative ways of handling problems/issues; applying scripture; and prayer, which occurs with virtually every caller.
Pastors and their families have unique challenges with seasons of extreme stress and spiritual oppression. Our Fellowship National ministry is a sponsoring member of this counselling ministry so that you can find confidential help when you most need it.
Please make use of the Clergy Care Network by phoning 1-888-5-CLERGY.
Have a blessed week,
Our 2015 Fellowship theme verse is:
“"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10 (NLT)