The Need

Subsequent discussions and research has indicated to us that today’s pastoral leadership landscape is more vulnerable than we first estimated. Consider the following indicators:

 

  • Stress: Nearly half (48%) of pastors will experience a burnout or a depression so severe that it will cause them to leave ministry. Four out of five newly ordained pastors leave the full time ministry within 5 years of graduation.
  • Loneliness: 70% of all pastors (and 45% of their spouses) reveal that they don’t have someone that they consider to be a close friend.
  • Lack of confidence: While pastors rank in the top 10% of educated professionals, 90% of them report that they were inadequately trained and 50% admit that they feel incapable of meeting the needs of their job.
  • Family Impact: 80% say that ministry has a negative impact on their family life, which is an understatement when you realize that the pastorate is now the leading profession with regard to divorce.
  • Finances: While they rate in the top 10% educationally, they rank 325th out of 432 professions financially.
  • Stability: The average tenure of a Protestant minister is four years, even though it has been demonstrated that the most effective time of ministry comes in years 4-15. Furthermore, nearly 20,000 ministers are fired or forced to resign every year and 33% of all pastors are said to be considering other options at any given time.

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Pastoral Leadership

 

At The Leadership Connection, we do not care how big you church is, how many degrees you have after your name, or how many books you may have written…we just want to know you and serve you in any manner possible.

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We are about creating safe, confidential, and highly-practical engagements where you can get real solutions to real issues in real time.  We recognize that, as ministry leaders, we are all simply men and women who happen to have a very high calling and a very hard job…so, let’s just get real about our worlds and get to work on the activities that will enhance our leadership.

 

“Leadership Is Always The Issue…” whether an organization is successful, or not, leadership is always the issue.  It is our experience that most leaders have the intelligence, the commitment, and the desire to lead their ministries well, but there is oftentimes internal issues that inhibit their ability to achieve their call to its  fullest potential.  We do not have a plan for your church, a book to sell you, or an event to promote…we simply want to understand what Your Call Is and leverage our Connection Groups, 1-1 Leadership Coaching, and TLC Resources to assist you in achieving Your Call to its fullest potential.

The Leadership Connection ministry is a response to the nationwide challenge to attract, inspire, equip, nurture and sustain bright, imaginative men and women for long lasting ministries. Many congregations and denominations believe that the church must transform from attractional mode (where the expectation is for people to come) and become a missional movement (where the church seeks to  actively go and reach people). This requires a different type of leadership. Pastors have not had consistent, high-quality educational experiences that prepare them to venture into new opportunities to become mission outposts in their communities. Many pastors feel overwhelmed, unprepared, and a large percentage of them express an acute need for a “safe” place to explore the kind of leadership skills, self-care, spiritual formation skills and supportive relationships needed to experience successful and effective ministries.

Pastoral support and development is not an end result in and of itself. The impact goes far beyond the pastors and ministry leaders themselves. The Leadership Connection is only one of several ministries that are aware that the single most important factor in creating vibrant congregations is pastoral leadership. And the ripple effect does not end with the congregation alone. When local congregations are effective and alive, the communities they serve are impacted, the denomination is strengthened, and the ground for future leadership is fertile. One of the early “other” benefits of TLC groups is to foster, encourage and further develop the harmony and partnerships of the church community as a whole. Cooperative missional ministry has happened as a result of deeper trust within the pastoral community.