ServingLeaders' reputation is growing nationally and internationally, our team is growing, and our services are expanding. And the demand for our services has never been higher. After much careful research and prayer, we believe now is the time to launch a strategic campaign to expand our services and geographical reach.
A Dual Approach to ministry
Over the past 10 years, we have learned that takes a dual approach to make a lasting impact in the lives of ministry leaders: Counseling Relationships and Mission Focus.
A leading focus of our ministry is providing counseling relationships that serve leaders uniquely -- in their individual circumstances and specific needs -- through one-on-one pastoral care, spiritual mentorship, and/or biblically-based clinical counseling. Over the past 10+ years, our team has helped hundreds of ministry leaders and their families rebuild, restore relationships, and re-engage in both vocational and lay leadership.
Many ministry leaders do not realize their need, isolation, dysfunction, and potential for burnout or moral failure. They need someone to step in and come alongside them. That is why the other major focus of our ministry is missional: Reaching out to both individual leaders and the larger ministry community. We pursue individual leaders where they are -- in their places of leadership -- and come alongside them in their unique situations. We serve the larger ministry community through Equipping Seminars, Ministry Leader Gatherings, and Team Consultations.
"Mission Hub" Multiplication Initiative
It is not enough to open counseling centers. We need to create full-service mission “hubs” like our West Chester Ministry Center where we both provide counseling and proactively reach out to the surrounding area.
Strategic Plan: Willow Grove Mission Hub
Phase I of our Vision Campaign is to grow our Willow Grove Counseling Office into a full Mission Hub modeled after our office in West Chester. This new initiative will require an initial investment of $173,000 in seed money beyond our current ministry budget.
Mission Hub investment
• $65,000 Mission Hub Director Salary
• $50,000 Full-Time Counseling Lead
• $38,000 Facility Rental and Administrative Staff
• $20,000 Counseling Scholarships for Ministry Leaders
This initial $173,000 investment—in addition to our current ministry budget of $311,400—makes our total 2018 fundraising goal $484,400.
Lifeway Research study*
Published September 2015
- 84 percent [of pastors] say they’re on call 24 hours a day.
- 80 percent expect conflict in their church.
- 54 percent find the role of pastor frequently overwhelming.
- 53 percent are often concerned about their family’s financial security.
- 48 percent often feel the demands of ministry are more than they can handle.
- 21 percent say their church has unrealistic expectations of them.