Sue and I are so excited about this new calling God has given us. It’s really the answer to a 21 year old dream. We’ve felt a burden to minister to the servants of the Lord for many years, and now we have been called alongside a team God has raised up who share the same vision.
While God is doing wonderful things through His servants around the globe, and in the church of America, there is a quiet crisis that cries for our help. It’s estimated that in the evangelical church within the U.S. alone, there are 1000 forced terminations of pastors every month. No doubt, some of these are deserved. Moral failure and collapses of integrity sometimes lead to such terminations. In some cases, it’s a matter of incompetence.
But even in these situations, there’s a need to gain perspective, to re-evaluate the calling, to heal and to be restored. Families are wounded, wives and children disillusioned by the church’s sometimes tendency to “shoot their wounded.”
Other pastors are lost to the ministry out of sheer discouragement. A sense of inadequacy or a ministry that demands something that seems unrelated to the original call to preach, pray, evangelize and shepherd the flock has them disillusioned and overwhelmed. While super-pastors, gifted with strong leadership skills, grow mega churches, these clergy serve in their shadows. God is blessing both the mega-church and the smaller church, but the small church pastor may not sense it.
My ministry through Grace Valley will focus primarily on addressing this need. It is my passion to start a movement of pastors meeting with pastors, to walk through life and ministry together. I have this passion, because of my own experience of working with a group of local pastors for the past eight years. In a small group meeting weekly, we have walked with one another through all sorts of life and ministry crises. As a result, we have seen men weather the storms, stay focused, and/or find restoration to return to the ministry.
It will be a great joy to be free to focus on this objective on a full time basis once we are re-located in the Canton, Georgia area. Please pray for each of us as we fulfill our own special calling that will make up the overall ministry of Grace Valley.