Who qualifies to receive support and counseling?
Pastors and Ministry Leaders on staff with a Christian ministry organization in a role that involves ministering directly to others. This includes Lead Pastors, Worship Pastors and Leaders, Youth Pastors and Leaders, College Pastors, Campus Pastors, Women's Pastors and Leaders, Men's Pastors and Leaders, Discipleship Pastors and Leaders, Teaching Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Missions Pastors, Missionaries, etc.
Why is it a challenge for Pastors and Ministry Leaders to seek help?
Financial limitations, privacy concerns and not knowing who to talk to (counselors that understand the challenges of vocational ministry) are common barriers that make it a challenge to seek help.
How does it work?
Who are the counselors on the directories?
All counselors are independent, Christian professionals with a Biblical worldview and have a heart for Pastors and Ministry Leaders. They have been trained at various seminaries, colleges, universities and counseling programs. Pastors are encouraged to learn more about their unique life experiences, training and skills, and counseling philosophy.
How many sessions are provided?
The first session is offered free of charge to help Pastors and Ministry Leaders take a step towards their personal and relational growth. This may be in person or online. Counselors offer a reduced fee (typically between $50-$100) for additional sessions. *Some counselors have a fixed number of reduced fee sessions.
What if I'm struggling to afford ongoing sessions?
We understand that many Pastors and Ministry Leaders have financial constraints. That is one of the main reasons we started Abide Leader Care. Based on current professional counseling rates ($100-$200/session), counselors offer the first session free of charge and generously reduce fees for additional sessions to make counseling affordable. Sessions may be spread out and/or scheduled as needed.
How soon can I see a counselor?
This varies between counselors and while some may have availability within a few days, others may not have an opening for several weeks. To learn more about a counselor’s availability, contact them directly.
Can I meet with a counselor online?
Remote counseling online in place of or in addition to conventional face-to-face counseling may be available depending on the counselor. We recommend you search for a counselor located in your state. If your state is not represented yet, you can reach out to one of the counselors on the nationwide directory.
Is this service confidential?
All counseling professionals involved create a safe, confidential space for Pastors to be honest and transparent. We do encourage allowing other trusted individuals into a Pastor's life to know and walk alongside them.
What if I meet with a counselor and it's not a good fit?
For various reasons, not all counseling relationships are a good fit. Participating counselors are private practice professionals and we are not liable for anything that occurs between both parties. Other counseling referrals and helpful resources may be recommended.
Can family members of Pastors and Ministry Leaders seek help?
Family members may only be involved if they are part of the main issues needing help.
What if my city is not represented?
Directories in new cities are actively being developed! If your city is not represented, you can contact a counselor in your state for phone or online counseling. Please visit our nationwide counselor page to get to know counselors available for support and counseling to Pastors an Ministry Leaders throughout the US.