John 17:23 Pastor Groups
"In our studies of leaders, we can clearly conclude with few exceptions that those who experienced anointed ministry and finished well had a significant network of meaningful relationships that inspired, challenged, listened, pursued, developed and held one another accountable. Those who failed to reach full maturity and finish well did not have it, or cut all or part of it off at some point."
(Clinton & Stanley, Connecting: The Mentoring Relationships You Need to Succeed in Life (Colorado Springs: Navpress, 1992), 159
Our Lord Jesus has raised up the John 17:23 pastors' group movement to be a relational haven of hope, help, encouragement, renewal and unity for His chosen, anointed, and gifted servant-leaders. These groups are places where we can find acceptance, understanding, support, relationship, love, appreciation, respect and accountability.
The Lord Jesus never sent anyone out to do ministry alone, for serving alone is a sure formula for failure and defeat. Our desire is that pastors and Christian leaders who become involved in a fellowship group will see themselves as a part of God’s pastoral team, not in competition with one another but as co-workers in the one body of Christ which just happens to meet in many different places.
We believe that as we seek this kind of unity and mutuality of support, which our Lord Jesus himself prayed for, we are preparing ourselves, our churches, and our regions for a mighty working of the Holy Spirit. Our vision is to offer this ministry to every believing pastor and Christian leader and see it spread over our nation.