Stress, loneliness, and political division are the three issues that rise to the surface and exhaustion, cynicism, and ineffectiveness (dubbed the “toxic trinity”) are often the result. Nonetheless, many of these leaders often believe strongly in their calling and continue to “tough it out” with the challenges of the job.
Over four in five of pastors who haven’t considered quitting (83%) say they believe in the value of their ministry, but pastors who haven’t thought about leaving ministry indicate “the immense stress of the job” (34%), “current political divisions” (32%) and feeling “lonely and isolated” (18%) are factors that have negatively impacted their ability to lead at their church within the past year. Only one in three pastorsis considered “healthy” in terms of well-being and current data indicates seven in ten pastors will not finish well in ministry.
At SES, we know there is a better way. We believe this generation of pastors, especially SES Alumni, are foremost among those who believe in the value of ministry.
We are committed to standing with these critical leaders and making tangible differences in their ministries and well-being through the Steadfast Leaders Peer-to-Peer Network.
You can support the Steadfast Leadership Network today and make a tangible difference in the lives of struggling pastors and missionaries. Together, we can combat the toxic trinity of stress, loneliness, and political division that plagues these dedicated leaders. By supporting the network, you’re empowering pastors to overcome exhaustion, cynicism, and ineffectiveness, ensuring they can continue their vital work with renewed strength and purpose.
Your contribution matters. With your support, we can provide resources, guidance, and a strong peer-to-peer network that uplifts and sustains these pastors through their toughest challenges. Help us create a community where pastors can find solace, encouragement, and the tools they need to thrive.
Stand with us and be a catalyst for change. Give today to the Steadfast Leadership Network and be a lifeline for struggling pastors. Together, we can build a stronger, healthier future for those who serve selflessly in ministry.
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Stacey Jacobs is the Pastor of the True Light Christian Church and a graduate of the University of South Carolina at Columbia (B.S., Business Administration – Accounting). He has also earned a Master of Arts in Apologetics and a Doctor of Ministry in Apologetics from SES. Dr. Jacobs is also the author of several books and has been actively engaged in Christian Education and Apologetics-based ministries since 1996.
Dr. Stephen Cutchins serves as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church North Augusta. Dr. Cutchins holds a Doctorate of Ministry with an emphasis in Christian Apologetics, which he teaches at Fruitland Baptist Bible College in North Carolina.
In 2022, Dr. Cutchins began coaching pastors from around the country as a Pastora Leadership Development Coach for the North American Mission Board’s Leadership Institute for Pastors. He also teaches pastoral leadership at the seminary and doctoral levels for SES.