Our mission is to provide mentoring, counseling, assistance, and other support to pastors, ministry families and churches.
Seventy percent of pastors say they have a lower self-image now than when they first started.
Ninety percent of pastors said the ministry was completely different than what they thought it would be like before they first started.
Seventy percent of pastors regularly consider leaving the ministry due to stress, pressure, and burnout.
Eighty-one percent of the pastors said there was no regular discipleship program or effective effort of mentoring them to deepen their Christian formation at their church.
For a pastor, the ministry is more than a job. It's a calling from God that demands an unwavering commitment to his or her community and every person in it. A pastor has a duty to mentor, lead, comfort, advise, guide, and support their members through every imaginable life scenario, both good and bad.
Pastors are expected to to be administrators, leaders, counselors, and creatives. Failure means more than the fall of a single man, it means the fall of his family, his church, and sometimes the whole community itself. Nowhere else in society is such an extraordinary responsibility carried by a single individual.
Even more, when pastors and their families need support themselves, they often feel unable to find it. As prominent and high-profile members of their communities they have a duty to protect and unfortunately internalize, many of the problems and situations they face with the members of their church. They often feel alone.
That's why the Pastoral Support Network was developed by pastor Dennis Newkirk and his wife, Marcia Newkirk. We are a confidential, donor-funded network of pastors that understands these pressures and provides critical support.
who we are
At 17 years old, Dennis knew God was calling him into the ministry. After receiving his degree at Grand Canyon University, he went on for his Master's at Midwestern Seminary. Now retired, he is a veteran pastor of 42 years who has led, taught, and connected pastors in many churches and across the world including Central America, Europe and across the US.
Dennis is also a published author, cancer survivor, and avid photographer who loves capturing the beauty of God’s creation through his camera lens.
For all her life, Marcia felt called to the people of the church as well as the pastor's wives. Originally she pursued her career as an RN, but for the last 25 years she has found herself leading monthly meetings with pastor's wives to teach them to navigate the waters of the ministry and cope with the pressure of scrutiny.