Who or where can a pastor or ministry leader turn to when he or she is faced with an addiction or struggling with immoral behavior? The help we offer is Holy Spirit driven and designed specifically for wounded and struggling christian leaders that need and desire help with personal issues, and must have their anonymity protected.
The challenges most ministry leaders face are very similar so there is nothing to be ashamed of. These are the same types of struggles most people deal with on a regular basis. But, as a ministry leader called into servant-hood, you are faced with additional challenges. If you were, are, or are hoping to be of any value to His body, you can be assured Satan has a target on your back. The enemy is real, the battle is spiritual, and spiritual battles require a spiritual solution.
Too many men and women of God are falling victim to Satan’s schemes and tactics. Entering treatment is not a sign of defeat, but rather a “returning to the Teacher” for a realigning and maybe some additional equipping. Bondage is very real, and most have not yet experienced the level of true freedom available to all believers. If you are reading this, you are already a step closer to victory.
Am I an Addict?
Typical Question: How do I know if I’m an addict?
Simple Answer: If the behavior in question is causing you problems in any area of your life (i.e. marriage, employment, physical health, spiritual health, ministry, etc.) and you’re having trouble stopping, I strongly suggest you take closer look.
There are many reasons why people turn to addictive behavior. The number one reason might be simply to cope with life’s challenges. This may be a hard pill to swallow for some, but in almost all cases, addictive behavior falls in the category of idolatry. It is typically (maybe not consciously or intentionally) seeking comfort from a person, place or thing that should be coming from the True Comforter, the Holy Spirit.
Pastors Struggling with a Porn or Sex Addiction
Porn addiction is one of the most common struggles ministry leaders face because unlike alcohol or drugs, it can be easily hidden from others and can go undetected for years. You don’t have to get caught before reaching out for help. Take a short sabbatical and get the help you need.
Pastors Struggling with Alcohol Abuse or Dependence
Alcohol use among clergy is not uncommon and not necessarily unacceptable in God’s eyes. The problem is, it can be very dangerous for some of the group, those prone to, or those already struggling with abuse or dependence. An assessment, in most cases, can detect where a person is along their path.
Pastors Struggling with Drug Use, Abuse or Dependence
Drug addiction can innocently start with a substance being introduced to the body for a specific need (i.e. physical trauma) but the emotional relief that comes along with it begins to (unknowingly) create a hidden obsession. It has the ability to numb emotions but there is always a price to pay and always followed with some sort of pain and suffering. When the consequences begin to outweigh the benefits, its time for change and change is available.
Bondage is real… and so is Freedom! John 8:36