According to recent studies, 3 out of 4 pastors are so stressed out and burned out that they regularly consider leaving the ministry.1 Some sources indicate that as many as 1500 of these pastors actually do leave public ministry each month.2
Needless to say, ministry is hard!
While the challenges facing church leaders today are considerable, they are by no means unique to this generation. The people of God have always been led by flawed, frail, finite and fully human men and women. Even the best and brightest among us have faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles along the way, and God-given opportunities for personal and spiritual renewal have helped to sustain their lives and ministries as well (cf. Moses/Nu 11, David/1 Sa 22, Elijah/1 Ki 19, Peter/Jn 21).
Like all those who have gone before us, every spiritual leader today needs a place where he or she can retreat from the world and recover from the spiritual battle, a safe, sacred, solitary place where rest and renewal are readily available. The Center for Spiritual Renewal at Barclay College seeks to offer just such a resource for church leaders and their families. Our goal is to provide opportunities for personal and professional renewal, in the midst of a supportive Christian community, in order to help spiritual leaders sustain effective, lifelong ministry in and through the body of Christ.
As you browse this website, we pray that you will find something that will encourage you to "press on" in your journey with Jesus. May the Lord bless you and keep you as you continue to follow hard after Him ... the best is yet to come!
David O. Williams, D.Min.
Director of the Center for Spiritual Renewal
607 N. Kingman
Haviland, KS 67059
Phone: 620.862.5252, ext. 26
Toll Free: 800.862.0226
*See attached bio. for additional background information
1 See R. J. Krejcir, Ph.D., "Statistics on Pastors," Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development, 2007 [http://www.intothyword.org/apps/articles/default.asp?articleid=36562]
2 See Neil Anderson & Charles Mylander, Extreme Church Makeover, 2005