FAQ

Who does this ministry serve?

Our ministry serve 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 help?

Confidentiality concerns, shame, limited finances, not knowing who to talk... are just a few common barriers that contribute to the difficulty in seeking help.

How does it work?

Fill out the contact form and we will follow up shortly with recommendations and referrals.  Or, reach out to a counselor listed on the site directly, mention Abide Leader Care, and schedule a free 15-minute consultation.  Session are offered in person and/or virtually and fees are reduced to help make counseling more affordable.

Who are the counselors on the site?

All participating counselors are independent Christian professionals that 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?

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 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 virtually?

Most counselors offer virtual meetings 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 counseling professionals provide a safe and confidential setting to seek help.  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?  

If your city or state is not represented, you can contact a counselor listed on our nationwide page.

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