People serving in ministry deal with unique challenges and stressors that are not typically experienced in the secular world. Safe relationships where authentic relationships can be built and maintained are rare for ministers and their families. There is a clear need for a ministry specifically designed for the challenges of those who are called to work in ministry. Consider this. The average span of ministry is three years or less, there is a large number of ministers walking away from ministry each week because of their isolation and emotional damage, and we see an increasing number of ministers falling victim to moral and ethical failure.
If your goal as a minister is to begin to heal and integrate your private life and your public life before you become a statistic, it’s important to connect yourself to others that understand and care. It’s important to find a place to share what’s going on behind closed ministry doors with someone you can trust. All of us struggle in areas of our life. We’ve all got things we’re working on. What we don’t want is to allow seasons of normal trials and struggles to become lifelong habits that wreck us physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. When what the world sees and what is really true keeps getting less and less like each other, when your passion for ministry seems to be on the decline, or when ministry doesn’t feel like ministry anymore—it’s time to stop and say, “I need help!”
Know that you are so valuable to the kingdom and that God is all about redemption. A return to wholeness and health starts by making some pretty drastic changes to the way you live your life. It all starts by coming into covenant with others to share your story and by being willing to do whatever it takes to deal with the areas of your life that have been kept hidden from the world and from yourself.
A founding principle of our ministry is Genesis 2:18, where God said “It is not good for man to be alone. I will create a helpmate suitable for you.” This verse is not simply your congregation’s need for a helpmate, but yours as well. It is meant for you! You won’t be able to get back on track by yourself—and moreover, you shouldn’t even try. Striving for wholeness and integration of our public persona and private world can only happen in safe community with others who are committed to the same thing. Others who truly understand the dynamics at work in the unique environment of ministry, and that’s what Perissos provides.
Ministry by nature is challenging and can be debilitating. We understand and we care. Let us be a part of your minister self care plan so that you can run with endurance the race that is set before you. (Hebrews 12:1)
Perissos is care for you and your pastor team. Founded by pastors turned counselors, we know that proactive pastoral support is required and desired to stay healthy in the ministry. It’s a unique and challenging world for those in the ministry and Perissos facilitates bringing pastors together in what we call 10:10 groups for monthly teaching and weekly support. Four to five pastors, from geographically diverse areas if possible, and one trained facilitator learn, love, and work through issues together. It’s a program like none other for people in a job like none other.
Perissos uses an online platform called ZOOM. Used in many business settings, it’s a fantastic online video conferencing platform for multiple users and multiple devices. Not that we encourage it, but you technically could “meet” while you’re driving down the road or at your daughter’s dance recital.
Currently our requirements are for participants to be pastors but we hope to roll out other modules in the future. We understand that various denominations use different terms so we’re open for all those leading a ministry in a church environment. Whether you are a pastor, priest, associate pastor, or bi-vocational lay minister, we want to care for you.
Nope. We are Christians that care for pastors of all Christian denominations. Different denominations (and non-denominations) experience different challenges at some level, but we feel God has created us all in his image and we foundationally deal with similar struggles. Diversity in denomination is an advantage to a healthy discussion between believers.
The Bible – We believe that Scripture in its entirety originated with God and that it was given through the instrumentality of chosen men.
God – We believe that there is one true, holy God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ – Jesus Christ is the eternal second Person of the Trinity who was united forever with a true human nature by a miraculous conception and virgin birth.
Human Destiny – Death occurs for all mankind, with a resurrection of the body to a judgment determining the fate of each individual—either eternal separation from God or eternal communion with God.
Salvation – The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call all people into fellowship with Him.
The Holy Spirit – The essential accompaniment of a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ is a life of holiness and obedience, attained by believers as they submit to the Holy Spirit.
The Church – The corollary of union with Jesus Christ is that all believers become members of His body, the Church.
Faith and Practice – The Holy Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
No. Although our facilitators are counselors and life coaches, counseling guidelines are specific on counseling criteria. Perissos is a support group structure designed to provide encouragement, guidance and support to pastors.
Our facilitators are counselors and life coaches, many of whom have been directly involved in ministry as pastors or educators. They all go through a Facilitator training program to specifically equip them for leading a 10:10 group.
A Perissos 10:10 group is so much more than accountability. Each group has a time of teaching and guided curriculum for growth and education. Discussion then leads to application in your personal pastoral setting as participants work through current issues. And of course the group also includes prayer, support and yes, accountability.
In addition to the monthly teaching and weekly support, your monthly subscription provides access to current resources on pastor care, including recommended books and articles that our team finds. We provide self care resources that cater to pastors and we are available to help with issues as they arise.
We would hope that you can make this a part of your weekly routine for your sake but we understand things come up. Like any program you get out of it what you put into it so you are free to attend as many or a few as you like. Please understand that others that have been assigned to your group are counting on your presence so see if you can make it work out as much as possible.
We feel that by being in groups with people you don’t know, there’s a greater freedom of vulnerability as well as the avoidance of cliques and inside stories. We do what we can to keep this dynamic in play so we would recommend against joining a group with a friend. But do have your friend sign up!
It sounds counter-intuitive but we find that it’s the connections to our own churches that limit some of the freedom to share and be vulnerable. We hope to gain vulnerability and authenticity through diversity.
If there is no away around your schedule conflict we can put you a new group that is starting the following month.
Our goal is to start each group with 5 pastors and a facilitator. We would start with 4 at a minimum.
We write our own curriculum based on our years of experience working with pastors and thoughts on what pastors are dealing with. Current media trends, and cultural issues are used and founded on biblical truths.
Our desire is for the curriculum to be used within the setting of a Perissos subscription. We strongly desire that you use the principles taught and discussed to affect change in your organization as you feel led, but wholesale use of curriculum is discouraged. We are available to work with your staff team by scheduling time with one of our teacher’s or facilitator’s for an onsite workshop or training.
We hope to provide continual value to your life and support you as a pastor as long as you would allow us to. We feel a 12-month commitment would provide a fair assessment of value as some months teaching may not be as applicable to your walk as other months. However, there is no contractual obligation and your subscription is monthly.
If you’ve made it this far there’s a good chance you’re looking for help or know someone who is. We get it. We’ve been there. Pastors are real people with real needs but an even greater persecution by the enemy. Often it feels lonely and hopeless and that’s not what God intended. Our His-Story ministry was founded in part on Genesis 2:18 where God said “it is not good for man to be alone, I will create a helpmate for you.” This includes you. You need someone alongside you, free from the politics but versed in the dialogue. We don’t want to send you to a burnout retreat to get a shot in the arm and sent back to battle, we want to walk with you now, and every week, to avoid that burnout.
Yes. We have partnered with church funding sources who have made dollars available for partial scholarships in some situations. If you feel you need assistance please contact our director at email@example.com
Our regular subscription fee is $129/month. During the course of the pilot program, our fee is a low $89/month for everyone. Anyone who signs up during the pilot gets to keep that rate as long as they stay in the program. After the pilot, we will offer group rates for those interested. Please contact our director for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.