This ministry includes church and pastoral consultation, training related to church revitalization, pastoral prayer support, pastoral retreat and sabbatical opportunities, and specific ministry to full time and bivocational pastors as well as their families.
Dr. John Ewart, director of the C. H. Spurgeon Center, along with Dr. Chuck Lawless, Vice President of Graduate Studies and Ministry Centers, have multiple decades of combined experience in church and denominational consultation. As part of the Center’s ministry to pastors and churches, various workshops, resources, and opportunities will be offered in the area of church consultation.
A major goal of the Center is the development of key resources and training opportunities that lead to healthy churches. As part of this challenge, a new Masters-level course, PMN6600: Church Revitilization, has been developed. This course will be offered as a five-day intensive on campus, as well as through our Distance Learning Office. Please see the semester course schedule for availability. Additional events and resources relating to church revitilization will also be offered.
Prayer Care & Support
The North American Mission Board (NAMB) has recently launched a new Pastor Care resource that the Spurgeon Center is proud to support. We encourage pastors, pastors’ wives, and others in ministry to utilize this beneficial resource. Here is some information from NAMB about this new program:
“As you know, many of our pastors often feel alone and without options when they face crisis in their own lives. Sometimes even turning to their closest, most trusted friends in the church or in ministry is not an option.
This is why we have created a Pastor Care Line. It is staffed by counselors and chaplains at Focus on the Family. It is free and 100 percent confidential. No specific information about a pastor or his church is ever shared with NAMB. Depending on the level of need, the telephone counselors can even connect a pastor with a licensed counselor or psychologist in their area if needed. It is open to any SBC minister in need and to ministry wives as well.
The number is 1-844-PASTOR1 and it is available from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM Eastern Time each weekday in English and Spanish.
NAMB is covering the cost of this service, and we want it to be utilized SBC-wide. Stronger pastors will lead to stronger churches and that helps everyone.”
Pastoral Retreat/Sabbatical Leave
The C. H. Spurgeon Center is currently compiling information in order to serve as a resource for pastors who are looking for retreats and temporary residences for sabbatical leave. Please check back soon for updated information!