Half of all pastors and ministry leaders are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could earn a living. What is your church or organization doing to help its leaders deal with the struggles in their lives?
Every Pastor Needs a Pastor Or, Death by Ministry
The Critical Need for Pastors and Their Staffs to Have a Chaplain <ul><li>Half of all pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they knew they could earn a living </li></ul><ul><li>1,500 pastors leave the ministry every month due to moral failure </li></ul><ul><li>50% of pastor’s marriages will end in divorce </li></ul><ul><li>80% of pastors feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastors </li></ul>Statistics compiled by Darrin Patrick from Barna, Maranatha Life, and Focus on the Family
The Critical Need For Pastors and Their Staffs to Have a Chaplain (continued) <ul><li>80% of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave it within five years </li></ul><ul><li>70% of pastors constantly fight depression </li></ul><ul><li>Almost 40% of pastors claim they have had an extra-marital affair since beginning their ministry </li></ul><ul><li>70% of pastors claim the only time they spend studying the Bible is when they are preparing sermons </li></ul>Statistics compiled by Darrin Patrick from Barna, Maranatha Life, and Focus on the Family
Don’t Forget the Pastor’s Wife! <ul><li>80% of pastors’ spouses feel their spouse is overworked </li></ul><ul><li>80% of pastors’ spouses wish their spouse would choose another profession </li></ul><ul><li>A majority of pastors’ wives say the most destructive event that has occurred in their marriage and family was the day they entered the ministry! </li></ul>Statistics compiled by Darrin Patrick from Barna, Maranatha Life, and Focus on the Family
Seven Main Motivations for Leaving Local Church Ministry <ul><li>Preference for another kind of ministry </li></ul><ul><li>Need to care for family or children </li></ul><ul><li>Conflict in congregation </li></ul><ul><li>Conflict with denominational officials or disillusionment with denomination </li></ul><ul><li>Burnout; frustration; feeling of constraint; sense of inadequacy </li></ul><ul><li>Allegations of sexual misconduct </li></ul><ul><li>Problems in family; divorce </li></ul>Pastors in Transition , by Dean Hoge and Jacqueline Wenger
So, in light of these facts, what resources does your church set aside for the care and well-being of your staff members and their families?
Who is Corporate Care, Inc.? Corporate Care, Inc. provides Chaplains who connect with employees where they work so when Life Happens support is there. We want to help your staff become more effective as valued servants while bringing greater benefit to the workplace and the church family.
Boe Parrish For the past 30 years Boe Parrish has invested his life in building relationships with people. Whether as a sales director with Sprint Communications or a children’s pastor with Edmond’s MetroChurch, Parrish brings over 25 years experience as a business executive, minister and published author. Responding to the importance Boe places in relationships, he founded Corporate Care in 1987. The business currently provides chaplaincy services to hundreds of employees in more than 15 businesses. Boe also continues to pastor the church he planted eight years ago. Boe involves himself in the community by participating in the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and is a past board member of the American Marketing Association. Boe married his college sweetheart Nancy over 32 years ago and they have three beautiful daughters and one grandson.
Jon Cook Jon Cook has ministered to pastors much of his life. Having grown up in the home of a minister, Jon has a unique insight into the needs of pastors and their families. Since 2004, Jon has served on the staff of the Fellowship of Companies for Christ, Int’l, working with pastors and leading them to develop a greater understanding for ministry in the workplace of their church family. He has served on the staffs of Oklahoma’s largest Southern Baptist churches, directed an Oklahoma City discipleship and counseling ministry, and co-owned and operated a chain of eight quick serve food stores. Jon has traveled the world building relationships with pastors everywhere he goes. He knows pastors all across the United States and has preached in many of their churches. Jon’s greatest passion is to bless pastors and ministry leaders, helping them in times of crisis and great difficulty. Over 31 years ago Jon married Sherri. They have three young adult children who work and attend college.
Our Values <ul><li>Our work grows out of our meaningful relationships. Our business grows as a result of our attention to, and care of these relationships. </li></ul><ul><li>Our work reflects the character of God and attracts others with the aroma of Christ in all that we do. </li></ul><ul><li>Our business focuses on equipping others, giving them what they need to find their place. </li></ul><ul><li>Our financial success blesses others and honors God and His Word. </li></ul>
What We Do <ul><li>24/7/365 on-call availability via cell phone and email </li></ul><ul><li>Regular on-site visits by your chaplain </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with staff members and build meaningful relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Provide encouragement and support as needed </li></ul><ul><li>Provide confidential resource for staff to use during any time of need </li></ul><ul><li>Arbitrate conflict among staff members </li></ul><ul><li>Provide extended services that include input and training during staff meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Provide programming for staff activities and retreats </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry to staff spouses </li></ul>
What Others Say About Us “ Twelve years ago my ministry had failed and my marriage was in ruins. I was without hope having lost my family and all else that was of value to me. I turned to Jon Cook who with a loving and patient spirit guided me through the steps to navigate the pain and wreckage back to recovery and restoration. Now, my wife and I have enjoyed 25 years of marriage. And, my ministry is focused on being a committed believer in the secular workplace, impacting more people than ever before.” Lynn Lindsay, Oklahoma City, OK “ After spending 25 years in ministry serving as a pastor and training pastors, it is clear that the journey for people in ministry has many challenges and painful potholes. Jon Cook has been my mentor for 30 years and walked alongside me with truth and encouragement. Whenever I need help with perspective, advice, or being held accountable and lifted up, I call my friends at Corporate Care and tap into their experience and wisdom.” Dr. Allan Karr, Professor of Missiology/Church Planting, Golden Gate Seminary
What Others Say About Us “ Every pastor, every minister, needs a pastor; someone who will minister to them with the understanding and personal guidance necessary to carry out God’s call on their lives. I have known Jon Cook and Boe Parrish for 35 years. Their years of ministry service and personal wisdom make them a valuable resource for your church and personal ministry.” Dr. Kim Bearden, Senior Pastor Rosemont Baptist Church, Montrose, CO “ Isolation is a breeding ground for defeat and there is nowhere this is more evident than in vocational ministry. Pastors do need a pastor and no one understands this more than Jon Cook. His work is personal, professional and passionate. For the honor of God, the benefit of your family and the fruitfulness of your ministry, give Corporate Care a call.” Rev. James Robinson, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Durant, OK
What Others Say About Us “ Pastors and church staff desperately need a safe place to share their innermost hurt, pain and thoughts. The reality is that very few churches create a “speak freely” culture among their staff, therefore pastors and staff remain frustrated, hurt and bitter. Jon Cook has become a trusted friend and mentor over the past few years. Jon loves pastors and their families. I have never met a man more loving and passionate about speaking into pastor’s lives. Thank you Jon for all that you have done for me and my family.” Chris Spradlin, Lead Pastor, Euzoa Church, Steamboat Springs, CO (Former Oklahoma City Campus Pastor, LifeChurch) Jon Cook has a great sensitivity to the unique stresses that pastors and their families face in our current church culture. He is a marvelous listener and hears you out before he offers words of encouragement and wisdom. He understands the many hats that a pastor and his staff wear and the pressure to meet the expectations of the church family. Jon empathizes with ministry leaders. He will love you and stand with you in your hour of need. Dr. Kent Shirley, professional counselor, former pastor
Contact Us Jon Cook 1718 S. Kelly Avenue Edmond, Oklahoma 73034 405.630.7510 [email_address] www.corporatecareok.com www.joncook.wordpress.com www.facebook.com/jonmcook Boe Parrish 1718 S. Kelly Avenue Edmond, Oklahoma 73013 405.990.0107 [email_address] www.corporatecareok.com www.linkedin.com/in/boeparrish www.profile.to/boeparrish