soul care

full strength network

GLR provides membership into PastorWell for you

(a branch of Full Strength Network)

For all fulltime ordained and licensed ministers, and bi-vocational lead pastors, appointed to a GLR church (you should have received login information; please contact dbickel@theglr.org if you did not)

Many resources are available to you

Member ministry leaders can submit leadership questions for which they are seeking godly wisdom and counsel. An advisory group of pastors, counselors, and coaches will provide a summary of best practice solutions to the issue or challenge confronting the ministry leader.

Go to https://fullstrength.org/pastorwell

Go to https://fullstrength.org/pastorwell

As a member, we’ll assist you in locating and negotiating favorable terms for Sabbath or vacation stay at one of our partner respite properties that welcomes and wants to assist ministry staff in experiencing healthy renewal and recovery from the pressures and pace of ministry life.

Members may enroll to be included in peer groups consisting of 10-20 members who meet online monthly for one hour to share concerns, prayer requests, and provide mutual encouragement to each other. 

Go to https://fullstrength.org/pastorwell

Go to https://fullstrength.org/pastorwell

Members are eligible for up to eight subsidized counseling or coaching sessions provided by an approved FSN counselor or coach. FSN uses carefully screened counselors and coaches who are experienced in working with pastors and church staff.

Go to https://fullstrength.org/pastorwell

This benefit is for members who may be struggling with the effective management of household budgets and long-range retirement planning. Referrals to trained financial coaches are provided to help ministry staff become better money managers, with a corresponding reduction in stress and increase in household wellbeing.

*This does not replace the GLR one on one, person to person coaching

COACHING PROVIDED BY THE REGION

Coaching is available for pastors and other church leaders through the Great Lakes Region.  For more information about coaching or if you’re interested in having a coach, please contact Richard Meeks (RMeeks@theglr.org).  He can answer your questions and connect you with a trained coach who will work with you personally.

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.