Pastors are not exempt from the sexual immorality and addictions that plague our nation. In fact, according to H.B. London & Neil Wiseman in Pastors at Greater Risk, 20% of pastors admit to extra-marital affairs while serving the ministry. And, those in pastoral ministry have the same rates of divorce as their church members.
A discreet but very significant ministry within Barnabas Ministries is to help restore a fallen leader to:
- His spouse and family
- The body of Christ
“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
Restoring Fallen Leaders, written by Pastor Dick Germaine, is a resource available to those interested.
“It is rare that this very demanding theme is treated in the light of both, the clear requirement of God’s Word and righteousness, and our Savior’s spirit of love and graciousness. His redemptive ways are always restoring; bringing humanly “damaged property” unto the realization of a maximum recovery unto wholeness and purposefulness when genuine repentance and renewed discipleship are accepted as the keys to all restoration. This handbook, though brief, is remarkably complete. Having dealt with the challenges of ministering to fallen leaders so many times over the half-century of my pastoral leadership, I am grateful to have discovered this poignant and powerful compendium of those principles that are central to such ministry.”
Jack W. Hayford
President, International Foursquare Churches
Chancellor, The King’s College and Seminary