Thursday, March 03, 2011

Why I do Acorn Ministries.

When I tell people about what "I do" at Acorn Ministries, I usually get a response something like "that's nice".  The tone is usually the same as if I had just announced that I'm wearing a clean shirt today.

Perhaps when you read this excerpt from a blog by Micheal Hyatt you will better understand why "I do" what "I do".

According to an August 2, 2010 article in the New York Times, entitled, “Taking a Break from the Lord’s Work”:

Members of the clergy now suffer from obesity, hypertension and depression at rates higher than most Americans. In the last decade, their use of antidepressants has risen, while their life expectancy has fallen. Many would change jobs if they could.”
In addition, reports that:
    1.    1,500 pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout or contention in their churches.
    2.    75% report severe stress causing anguish, worry, bewilderment, anger, depression, fear, and alienation.
    3.    70% don’t have any close friends (this one about makes me cry).
    4.    57% would leave the pastorate if they had somewhere else to go or some other vocation they could do.
    5.    Clergy have the second highest divorce rate among all professions. 
This makes the ministry one of the most dangerous jobs on the planet. God never intended for us to go it alone.

Acorn Ministries builds up the body of Christ, the Church, one leader at a time.

That's what "I do".


Lon Alderman said...

A friend sent me this note:

i thought i had a pretty good grasp on what, and why, you do what you do but - WOW, this was eye opening!

Lon Alderman said...

Another friend sent me this note:

Seriously, I needed to hear that. Too many times I look at clergy as having the perfect life, the perfect family and the perfect occupation (well not financially speaking). The pressures upon themselves, while appearing to others as the strong one, go unnoticed. The lack of close friends to give support and to pray for them can leave one feeling isolated.

Keep up the work the Lord has given you. I am sure you are like a fresh glass of water.

Lon Alderman said...

And another friend just sent me this:

This was disturbing, but not surprising. And this is why I support your ministry. We clergy do need someone to come along side us and help us to become overcomers. Ministry in our times is not easy. And unfortunately, we don’t always get good counsel from our “elders.” We are often encouraged to draw big boundaries around us that cause us to isolate ourselves. And when we need help, we haven’t developed the relationships that would bring us comfort and strength.

So, carry on Acorn Ministries! We need you.