Pastoring alone was never His plan. Pastoring is designed to be a gospel partnership.
First Coast Churches exists to advance that gospel partnership. This commitment is reflected in our mission, Cultivating partnerships that connect the mission force to the mission field every day.
Even with these biblical truths fresh in our minds we know ministry leadership can cause us to feel isolated and alone. These common feelings are verified in recent research.
Research reveals most leaders say they are surrounded by people they feel connected to and a God they can trust
93% of church leaders agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that “I have people in my life I can count on no matter what happens.”
82% of pastors agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that “In the midst of this crisis, I feel very connected to my friends and family.”
90% of pastors agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that “When I am in crisis, I find my hope in God.”
51% of church leaders, when asked the question “How isolated are you feeling today?”, said they feel extremely isolated or somewhat isolated.
At First Coast Churches, we know for most of us ministry in today’s context can feel isolating. It can seem like you are in the perfect storm alone surrounded by huge waves with names like pandemics, masks, vaccine concerns, racial tensions, economic challenges, and political division.
While the storm is real, pastoring alone doesn’t need to be your reality.
First Coast Churches understands the pastor’s world and has designed 4 leadership pathways uniquely for them. These pathways create a partnership for each major responsibility in a pastor’s ministry.
Pastor, you continuously pour into others. Not pastoring alone means you also must have people who pour into you. Which is where many of us drop the ball. When no one is pouring into the pastor, personally or professionally, over time healthy output stops. It’s difficult to pour anything out of an empty cup. Don’t Pastor Alone!