Dear Fellow Sr. and Staff Pastors,
Ministry can be uniquely fulfilling. But, it can also be uniquely difficult. Far too many pastors are out in the trenches of church life feeling very, very lonely as they try to “fight the good fight” while carrying the enormous weight of personal hurts and struggles. I can say that with confidence because I’ve been there and done that.
About eight years ago I entered my own “perfect storm.” The storms of staff conflict, congregational issues, and personal issues all converged at the same time in my life and I was going under quickly. After seeing God bring help and healing to hundreds of individuals through our church’s Celebrate Recovery ministry, I decided it was time to get into a group myself. Not feeling safe with members of my own congregation, I pulled together a group of ten other pastors and we started walking through a twelve-step study together. That group became a lifeline during that storm. And, it was the beginning of what is now called, Celebrate Pastors Recovery, or, CPR!
Yes, there is hope for safe help and healing for pastors. Come, learn more, and get a preview at WALKING AND LIVING IN VICTORY, Friday, October 17th at The First Alliance Church of Port Charlotte, FL; 9am-4:30pm. [See more details below!]
I hope that you will set aside this day on your calendar as a day set aside for looking after your own soul. It took me several years before I realized how important that is not only for my own health, but for the health of my ministry as well. You and your time are highly valued so we look forward to making the very most of that day together.
I look forward to meeting you!
CPR, National Director
Sr. Pastor, Southern Hills Baptist Church, Tulsa, OK
Meeting Location: First Alliance Church, Port Charlotte, Florida 941.625.7435
Date: October 17th
Time: 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Lodging: Many hotels in the Port Charlotte and surrounding areas
Dress: casual or business casual
Registration $25.00 single, $35.00 couple (includes lunch)
Reservations : www.attendstar.com (in search window type: Celebrate Pastors