For those of you who have been following our progress with Grace Valley Ministries as we’re building a retreat center for pastors and ministry leaders, I have some great news! A donor has just stepped up and offered to match any gifts given by the end of 2016 up to ten thousand dollars! Now the big figure of 185 thousand finishes the roadwork, infrastructure and the first complete cottage with furnishings. That seems like an overwhelming figure, but we’re taking this one step at a time as the Lord provides. So if you’ve been thinking about helping us out, now would be a great time. Just visit gracevalleyministries.org or the Grace Valley Ministries Facebook page to send a gift.
Let me tell you why this effort matters. Every now and then we hear about a high profile pastor burning out and quitting, or experiencing personal or moral failure. And while we hear about those, the numbers are just as great in the more humble places we don’t hear about. Is there anything we can do to help? Yes. Is there anything you can do to help your own pastor? Yes. You can help this vision become a reality by investing in the project.
We have a two pronged approach to helping prevent ministry failure.
1. Providing periods of rest and retreat which is why this project is so important.
2. Connecting them in small groups where they have peer-to-peer safe relationships for support and encouragement. So far 13 have been established in Cherokee, Pickens and Cobb county.
We also want to be here for those who have already hit a wall and are in need of intervention. So the ministry works both ways.
But if you care about the health and resilience of pastors and ministry leaders, especially your own pastor, would you join us in this effort? You can see us online at gracevalleyministries.org or on our Facebook page.