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Serving Pastors and Their Families

A Special Message from

Dr. Heath Lambert

Pastor of First Baptist Church Jacksonville

“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

Why We Help

Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual demands of ministry can put tremendous stress on the entire family.  Pastors are not immune to discouragement and relationship challenges. Demands of shepherding a church, nurturing, and providing for his family, and maintaining healthy relationships can be daunting and overwhelming. The pastor and his family can become isolated, alone and need help from someone OUTSIDE their church fellowship or peer group.

Shepherds Help will come along side the pastor and his family to bring Hope & Help.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

How We Help…

Shepherds Help exists to provide care for pastors and their families by serving as a catalyst of Christ’s love to strengthen, enhance, and invigorate their passion for ministry.

  • BIBLICAL COUNSELING by applying biblical truths of the Scriptures to the issues they are facing.

  • COACHING by asking questions through conversations that gives clarity to their situation.

  • RESOURCING BOOKS & MATERIALS for the pastor and family’s personal spiritual growth.

  • FACILITATING PASTOR’S COHORTS by connecting pastors with other pastors in their geographical area to encourage personal soul care, accountability, and friendships.

  • RESPITE REFERRALS for a time of spiritual, mental, and physical renewal.

We are a confidant OUTSIDE the church or peer group.

All services provided at NO COST to those we serve.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

The Issue

Today’s statistics paint a very troubling picture for those serving as pastors of our churches.

  • 80% of pastors and 85% of their spouses feel discouraged in their roles.
  • 72% of pastors are not consistent in their personal prayer life.
  • 70% of pastors do not have a close friend, confidant, or mentor.
  • 68% of pastors are not consistent in Bible reading not related to sermon or teaching preparation.
  • 66% of pastors have difficulty fully trusting God.
  • 64% of pastors do not have strong relationships with other pastors.
  • 61% of pastors have difficulty confessing and repenting from personal sin.
  • 50% of pastors’ wives feel that their husband entering ministry was the most destructive thing to ever happen to their families.1

For a country founded on Judeo-Christian principals, it is a loss of spiritual influence we CANNOT afford!

1 Statics compiled by The Barna Group, Focus on Family, Fuller Seminary, and Institute of Church Leadership Development and Lifeway Research, 1000 U.S. protestant pastors survey 2021.

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Romans 15:4

Partner With Us

Serving Pastors and Their Families

You can partner with Shepherd’s Help to bring Hope and Help to those leading the Body of Christ.

  • PRAYING – by committing to be a prayer partner for the ministry.

  • FINANCIAL INVESTMENT – making a financial investment in Shepherd’s Help. We depend on partners to make monthly contributions or annual gifts.

  • NETWORK – share about Shepherd’s Help with friends in your network.