The term Perissos is the Greek word meaning abundant and is found in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” This program is all about helping those who experience the unique challenges and stressors of serving in ministry achieve an “abundant” life. We achieve this by providing a safe place where authentic relationships can be built and maintained with others who experience similar struggles. There is a clear need for a ministry specifically designed for the challenges of those who are called to work in ministry.
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! 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 exactly what we need more of Matt! I love it. Our pastor leadership is desperate for this right now.” – SW
“I have a strong desire to talk regularly with pastors that are outside my network. When I am only interacting with other pastors from my network, it begins to feel competitive instead of collaborative so I am excited about the opportunity to talk weekly with pastors from all over the U.S. who can share in the ups and downs of ministry but to do so without the pressure that networks and denominations tend to add to those conversations.” – MB