Arise! is a peer support group service for people who are involved in ministry - ministers, ministry staff members and their loved ones. We understand that ministry work is often challenging. Ministers and their families:
- often work long hours
- are constantly shouldering the burdens of others
- find themselves pastoring people through tragic and painful situations
- deal with criticism and opposition
- can feel like a failure and may consider quitting
- have to balance the desire to be fruitful quickly with being a patient servant of God
- have personal struggles like anyone else
- and are frequently left with little time for themselves and their families.
All too often, people in ministry, as well as their families, experience anxiety, depression, marital and family issues, ongoing financial struggles, as well as other problems in their lives. They may wonder if they have some spiritual deficiency and often feel ashamed or concerned about others finding out that they are having any personal difficulties. They often feel isolated and uncomfortable about discussing their issues with others in their local community.
In Arise! meetings you are able to talk with others who have similar experiences with the goal of helping and encouraging each other. You will join convenient sessions from the privacy of your home or office and meet with other ministers, ministry staff or ministry families. Here, you are the norm, and you are in a safe, welcoming, healing and restorative environment. You will find ideas for dealing with your issues, be encouraged and find hope. Peer support works!
Arise! brings ministry people together in video-based meetings that you can join on computers, tablets or smart phones. In an Arise! group you can see your group leader and everyone can talk with each other. If you are comfortable you can turn on your webcam but that is not necessary. Our facilitators have ministry experience and will harness the power of peer group support to assist each individual participant. Everyone is on a first name basis and you can use whatever name you would like to assure your confidentiality.
If you are in need of personal help in your ministry life, please try out an Arise! group today.