A Ministry Of Encouragement & Care

Ministering To Pastors And Ministry Leaders

A Special Message from

Dr. Heath Lambert

Pastor of First Baptist Church Jacksonville

The Ministry


We Provide HOPE, HELP, and ENCOURAGEMENT to pastors, ministry leaders and their families by serving as a catalyst of Christ’s love. We provide COUNSELING, COACHING, TRAINING, and RESOURCES to help strengthen, refocus, and rekindle their passion for ministry.


Pastors enter the ministry with VISION, EXCITEMENT, and EXPECTATIONS of serving the Lord and making disciples, for the Glory of God. Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual demands of ministry can put tremendous stress on the entire family. Pastors are not immune from DISCOURAGEMENT, EMPATHY FATIGUE, and RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGES. Demands of shepherding a church, nurturing and providing for his family, and maintaining healthy relationships can be daunting and overwhelming. Pastors and their families can be isolated, alone and need encouragement from someone OUTSIDE their church fellowship or peer group. God has given us a passion to bring HELP, HOPE, ENCOURAGEMENT, LOVE, and PRAYER to the entire family.


H – HOPE by focusing on God’s calling through Strategic Coaching and Biblical Counseling.

E – ENCOURAGEMENT by intentional reflection on God’s sovereign character and focus on kingdom successes; also providing revelent training and resources.

L – LOVE and Biblically care for the family with goodwill and respect.

P – PRAYER effectual and fervent with thanksgiving and praise.

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

Isaiah 41:10

Partner With Us

Help Encourage Pastors & Ministry Leaders

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.
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.”
Romans 15:4

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.
  • 70% of pastors do not have a close friend, confidant, or mentor.
  • 50% of pastors are so discouraged they would leave the ministry if they could but have no other way of making a living.
  • 50% of pastors’ wives feel that their husband entering ministry was the most destructive thing to ever happen to their families.
  • One out of every ten ministers will actually retire as a minister.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.

“For I Know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not harm to you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11

About Jim and Sandra Parrish

Founders of Shepherd’s Help

We are high school sweethearts happily married for more than 45 years and the parents of two adult daughters and three grandchildren. We grew up in a rural community, were saved and baptized in a small SBC church in North East Florida. We are passionate followers of Jesus Christ and have been members of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville for more than 30 years. We have served in Adult, Hospitality, and Deacon Ministries as well as teaching in the Preschool, High School, Young Couples, Men’s Departments and currently serving as Hosts on Guest Services Committee.

We are active in both the Jacksonville Baptist Association and the Florida Baptist Convention coaching and counseling pastors/church planters, both locally and throughout the US. We are certified with Florida Baptist Disaster Relief.  Sandra is a volunteer with Samaritans Purse and Jim serves on several committees through local and state associations.  We have served as volunteer coaches at Hope Weekends for trouble marriages and Jim is Certified as a Biblical Counselor through (ACBC) Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Through a combination of education, vocational, and leadership experience we believe that God has uniquely gifted us to administer (HELP) to Pastors.

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