Jeff and I get asked to speak once in awhile to groups of pastors and church leaders, and there is a question that we are always, inevitably asked:
What's the number 1 issue facing small church pastors?
After 4 years of doing this podcast and talking to pastors from all over the world, we've heard about nearly every issue a pastor could face. Financial struggle. Disgruntled members. Sexual temptation. The list goes on. But there is one constant issue that we hear time and time again, and that is that small church pastors feel lonely and isolated.
It's one thing to know the problem and another thing completely to offer a solution, and our guests today understand both.
Tim and Barb Claxton are coaches who work with pastors across the country. The main issue they say they see? Loneliness. On today's podcast, they talk about that issue among others and offer some hope to struggling pastors.
In fact, Tim and Barb were so excited to work with pastors that they've offered up a special coaching package specifically for our 200churches listeners. They have five openings for a 3-month coaching package - and if you email them during this month of January, 2017, they will offer you a 3-month coaching package for $300, where you will have two 45-minute coaching calls each month. Email them at email@example.com.
If you are mired in loneliness and/or isolation, we want you to know that there is hope. We would encourage you to connect with a coach or other pastors or even shoot us here at 200churches an email. Because what you're doing is important, and you deserve all the support in the world.
Two resources we would point you toward is one of our blog posts titled 5 Ways To Tell If You're An Isolated Pastor, and a conversation Carey Nieuwhof had with us on his podcast, The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast titled, What Smaller Church Pastors Need And Why.
Again, email Tim and Barb at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.fulfillyourdestinycoaching.com.
God bless you Pastors! See you next Wednesday!
Jonny (and Jeff)
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