Pastors today face unprecedented challenges. They are viewed by many with suspicion, minister in a materialistic and religiously pluralistic culture hostile to biblical Christianity, face an attitude of consumerism and special interest groups in the church, are looked at more as CEO’s than as shepherds caring for the souls of people, and they and their families are repeatedly under spiritual attack by the forces of darkness.

Though many pastors are experiencing joy and fulfillment in pastoral ministry many others are lonely, discouraged, afraid to trust others, and hammered by criticism. Studies and statistics reveal a disturbing pattern of resignations, burnout, depression, and moral failure within the ranks of God’s chosen servant-leaders.