soul care

Full Strength Network

Because we believe healthy pastors lead healthy churches and healthy churches change the world, the GLR partners with Full Strength Network, a non-profit organization providing resources to help ministry leaders discover full strength in their well-being and soul care.

Membership in Full Strength Network provides

Peer huddles, financial coaching referrals, respite site referrals, leadership development helps, etc.  Members also benefit from several coaching/counseling sessions at no cost to the pastor.

  • For the member – 12 individual sessions per membership year
  • For the member’s family – 12 individual sessions for a family member (spouse or children ages 13-17) per membership year 

To receive the paid counseling sessions, pastors must request counseling by logging into their FSN account, thus using approved counselors or coaches in FSN.  FSN retains authority to approve referrals.

Lead Pastors

Each lead pastor’s membership is auto-renewed annually; account login remains the same. The FSN membership year runs from October 1 through September 30. The number of counseling sessions provided each year begins October 1 (sessions may not be rolled over from year to year).  For married couples who are co-lead pastors, each person will receive a membership.  Login to my account. 

Church Staff

The GLR encourages each church to provide a Full Strength Network membership for each of their paid staff (fulltime or part-time).  The benefits are the same as the lead pastor.  The regular price is $149/year. However, for any church who signs up their staff by September 30, 2021, the price is only $79/person.  (Many counseling sessions are $100/session – the membership provides close to $1200/year for a fraction of the cost!).  Sign up my church staff

Questions?  Contact Reenie Bickel,

thrive financial initiative

Check out this video from John & Danielle Freed about their experience with Thrive Financial Initiative.  TFI is a program designed to help pastors overcome economic challenges that affect ministry effectiveness.  Working together, the pastor and key lay leaders in a local church collaborate to provide extra funds or resources to support the pastor, complete required financial learning journeys that will help the pastor and the local church, and receive a matching grant. For more info visit

Pastoral Sabbatical

We care deeply about the long-term care of your soul. Ministry is not a sprint; it is a marathon. Those who complete it well are the ones who come to the end of their paid ministry career with a well-developed soul and a passionate commitment to ongoing personal leadership development. I am convinced, given the demands on pastors in today’s culture that the only way to reach the ministry “finish line” with those two priorities being lived out in our lives is to have taken well-thought out, well-designed, and well-timed sabbaticals along the way.