Pastor, Are You Healthy?
While we were renewing friendships and making new friends at Midwinter, Jim Howard, lead pastor of the Valencia campus of the more than 6,000 member Real Life Church in California fatally shot himself in the head at home Wednesday after a protracted battle with mental illness.
So I ask, Pastor, are you healthy?
Theresa Marks, ECC director of pastoral care and advocacy, says the ministry wants to help pastors who are struggling, adding, “No one is going to lose their credentials or call because they contacted us and asked for a referral.”
She emphasizes, “Ordered Ministry is about ensuring the pastor is personally healthy. If they’re healthy, then they can be vocationally healthy.”
Read the latest statistics from Soul Shepherding. https://www.soulshepherding.org/pastors-under-stress/
Ministers can have a confidential conversation by calling 773-442-6584.
I AM Conference (July 2019) will be holding an workshop called, A Light in the Darkness: Coping with Mental Illness (LMDJ).