A Crisis in Leadership...

  • 50% of church leaders drop out after 5 years
  • 70% say they have lower self-esteem than when they entered ministry
  • 80% feel that ministry has negatively impacted their family life
  • 58% are fulfilled in their calling yet feel discouraged, stressed, and fatigued
  • 70% say they do not have a close friend
  • Only 1 in 10 who start in ministry retire in ministry

*The State of Pastors by the Barna group in partnership with Pepperdine University

Four Characteristics of Thriving Leaders

Calling and Identity

A clear sense of his or her pastoral calling and professional and personal identity

Mentors and Role Models

Relationship with role models and exemplars who serve as mentors and who can guide who can guide him or her through common professional challenges and transitions

Peer Support

Mutual respect and support from clergy peers that have similar stories and experiences

Alignment of Gifts and Skills

An alignment between the pastor’s gifts and skills and the demands and expectations of the local congregation he or she serves

*Flourishing in Ministry Research Project by Dr. Matt Bloom at the University of Notre Dame

Key Elements to Thrive in Ministry

Indiana Ministries desires Pastors to find deep joy and fulfillment in ministry

Pastors need to have an active, vibrant, and ongoing personal relationship with God from which he or she can draw, particularly in times of challenge and transition. Pastors need to be spiritually growing.

Pastors need to have close relationships that extend beyond family and the local congregation. This requires the pastor to be encircled by people he or she trusts and with whom he or she is sharing life. Pastors need friendship and learning communities.

Pastors need someone who has earned deep trust and who has authority to speak directly into his or her life both in good times and in challenging times. Pastors need a mentor.

Pastors need to possess mental, financial, emotional, and spiritual health. Pastors need to be self-aware and able to manage the natural challenges of life as well as access to resources in time of need. Pastors need helpful resources for health.

As We Launch Thrive, Indiana Ministries Will Pursue The Following Initiatives...

  • We will facilitate mentoring relationships utilizing seasoned and effective pastors in which relational connectivity and professional development will thrive.
  • Peer mentoring groups will enable impactful learning, connection, and collaboration which will enable participants to thrive.
  • We will provide human and programmatic resources that are excellent which will enable those engaged to thrive.

For more information, please contact us by phone, email, or the contact form.

Tel: 317.773.6477

13300 Olio Rd, Suite 303
Fishers, IN 46037
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