FAQ

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. 

Why is it a challenge for pastors and ministry leaders to seek guidance?

Privacy concerns, finances and not knowing who to talk to are common barriers that make it a challenge.

How does it work?

Getting help is simple...  Reach out to a Christian counselor, mention Abide Leader Care, and schedule a free consultation.  Session fees are reduced to make counseling affordable to help pastors and ministry leaders take a step towards their personal and relational growth.  This may be in person or virtually.  

Who are the Christian counselors on the directories?

All Christian counselors are independent 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.  

What if I'm struggling to afford ongoing sessions?

Christian counselors offer sessions at a reduced fee to make counseling affordable.  Sessions may be spread out and/or scheduled as needed.  

 

How soon can I see a Christian 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 Christian counselor virtually?

Virtual meetings are available in addition to meeting in person.  Start by searching for a counselor in your state.  If your state is not represented, you can reach out to a counselor on the nationwide directory.

Is this service confidential?

All Christian counseling professionals provide safe and confidential counseling.  We do encourage allowing other trusted individuals in your life to know and walk alongside you.

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 or state is not represented?  

Directories in new cities and states are actively being developed!  If your city or state is not represented, you can contact a Christian counselor on our nationwide directory.

What if I need emergency help?

Here are some resources if you need immediate help or someone you know is in need of immediate care.

Emergency: 911
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1- 800-799-7233
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433)
Crisis Text Line: Text "DESERVE" TO 741-741
Lifeline Crisis Chat (Online live messaging): 
Visit Suicide Prevent Lifeline Website
Self-Harm Hotline: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)
Planned Parenthood Hotline: 1-800-230-PLAN (7526) 
American Association of Poison Control Centers: 1-800-222-1222
National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency Hope Line: 1-800-622-2255
National Crisis Line - Anorexia and Bulimia: 1-800-233-4357
Suicide Prevention Wiki: http://suicideprevention.wikia.com

FAQ’s by Abide Leader Care, A Counseling Service for Pastors, Pastor’s Wives & Leaders | US