Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is Pastor Support Network acknowledged by the IRS as charity?
Yes, Pastor Support Network is a parachurch organization, under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code), and is not a private foundation under Section 509(a) of the Code. Pastor Support Network received their IRS exemption letter in 2007.
2. I am not familiar with how a Christian leader may need help, besides the stress in their life, what areas do you help them?
Pastor Support Network is committed to helping Pastors and their families in many ways. The role of a Pastor is often one of sacrifice and high expectation, with that comes a series of risk that often require leading a life of balance and having a good support group or resources. See more about the needs they have and our services to help them through our website.
With much professional counsel, we are passionate to help in the following areas of a leader’s and their family’s life:
- Soul Care: Soul Care is focused on encouraging and equipping Christian leaders and their families to remain strong in their relationships with the Lord. This is accomplished through counseling and the use of peer cohorts who come alongside pastors, pastors’ spouses, and pastors’ kids.
- Leadership Care: With Pastor Support Network’s partnership with and through the use of Full Strength Network’s “Grace Foundations for Leaders” training curriculum and other strategic approaches, Leadership Care is focused on developing and assisting Christian leaders in their leadership roles. From church financial management to conflict and crisis management, we are committed to strengthening the leadership and management skills of today’s pastors.
- Relationship Care: Strong marriages and families are vital to enduring in a ministry role. Because of this, we are especially interested in strengthening pastor’s wives and children to help them flourish in their ministry roles. Additionally, Relationship Care focuses on strengthening emotional and cultural vitality and emphasizes the importance of friendships in the life of a Christian leader.
- Rest Care: Based on God’s command to “remember the Sabbath” (Exodus 20:8), Rest Care is focused on strengthening Christian leaders and their families through times of rest. From time and schedule management coaching to respite breaks coupled with intensive counseling, we place a high value on times of rest designed to refuel and recharge pastors and their families.
- Body and Mind Care: Body and Mind Care is designed to strengthen pastors and their families with a focus on both physical and mental wellbeing. Financial Care: As Christians, we are called to be wise stewards of the resources God gives. Financial Care seeks to apply this principle by coming alongside ministry families in the areas of household financial management, college planning, and retirement planning.
3. Who is Full Strength Network and are they a division or part of Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company? How does Pastor Support Network fit in with them?
Full Strength Network (FSN) was founded by Brotherhood Mutual, a leading property/casualty church insurer, as part of the Brotherhood Mutual’s centennial activities to be a gift to the Christian church community. Pastor Support Network was formed and funded as an expression of gratitude to God for His blessing on Brotherhood Mutual throughout their one hundred (100+) years of operation. Pastor Support Network plans on being fully independent and self-sustaining as a ministry while complementing the vision of Brotherhood Mutual of “Advancing the Kingdom by Serving the Church.
Pastor Support Network has established a partnership with FSN to help grow the impact that Pastors and their families can have within their congregations and the regions of the United States that they live in.
4. Are you solely focused on the Senior Pastor?
No, we serve the entire clergy and ministry leader family, not just the senior pastor or ministry leader. It is our belief that for leaders to be healthy and effective, their spouses and children must also flourish in their ministry family roles.
5. I am a Christian counselor and would love to help Christian ministry leaders, how can I be part of this network?
If you have a passion to serve ministry leaders, pastors, and their families and you offer any type of service or product that is beneficial to help strengthen and maintain the well-being of clergy family members, please email Shar@pastorsupportnet.org or Jaime@pastorsupportnet.org to receive an online application to apply for membership in the Pastor Support Network.
6. I am concerned about Pastor’s wives, is Pastor Support Network concerned for them?
Though we support both female and male spouses of ministry leaders, we are especially interested in strengthening pastor’s wives and children to help them flourish in their ministry roles. We believe that pastors wives and kids are underserved with little to no access to strengthening resources. Through our network providers, we provide unique and customized resources and services focused on pastor’s wives and PKs.
7. Is my online giving safe?
Yes, we have carefully selected our online giving platform partner with Mogive, who does transactions of millions of dollars each year online, as well as using an SSL secure website. We take internet security very seriously.
8. Is my donation tax deductible?
Pastor Support Network is acknowledged by the IRS as a non-profit ministry and generally, gifts are deductible to the ministry. However, each person is encouraged to work with their professional tax advisor for specifics on their situation.
9. I am a Pastor and if I reach out for help or assistance, can I be confident that this is a confidential process and that my church or denomination will not be alerted?
Pastor Support Network acknowledges that reaching out for help can be daunting and takes courage; we have worked diligently with our care providers to ensure that professional standards of confidentiality are met.
10. Why is this area of ministry focus so important?
We firmly believe that healthy churches can change the world and healthy churches need pastors serving at Full Strength. However, University of Norte Dame shares that:
- 80% of pastors believe that their ministry negatively affects their families
- 50% feel unable to meet the demands of their work
- 50% of all pastors at any point in time are seriously considering leaving the ministry.
Note: We are not a source for clergy family medical insurance benefits or unpaid medical expenses.