The Fort Wayne-based Brotherhood Mutual Foundation has donated $500,000 to Full Strength Network to help the nonprofit meet the needs of pastors and their families across the country. Full Strength Network, also based in Fort Wayne, works to connect pastors with resources to prevent burnout.
The network says the donation will allow them to contact churches, denominations and individual pastors to make them aware that help is available.
“One-third of our nation’s pastors report high to severe levels of burnout due to the heavy pressures of ministry leadership,” said Hugh White, executive director, Full Strength Network. “Long work hours with little work/life balance play a role, especially in a time of disruption like this year. Burnout can lead to depression and depression leads to dropping out of ministry. Recovery from burnout can take one to two years and during that time a pastor may not be leading their church and congregation at full strength.”
Full Strength Network says it focuses on six areas of wellbeing for pastors: spiritual, emotional, relational, physical, intellectual and financial.
“Resources for these areas range from things pastors can do self-help style, such as blog posts, articles, eBooks, assessments, and our free MinistryPulse daily wellbeing app, to connecting them with professional help through our nationwide network of more than 400 approved counselors, coaches, and mentors,” said White.
Brotherhood Mutual provided the start-up funding for the network in 2017 and also makes an annual contribution. Click here to learn more.