Too many church staffs are spiritually malnourished, and barely healthy enough to be available as pastors. Some church staffs are stressed to the point of division among their ministry leaders. Eleven:28 wants church staffs to be firmly rooted in spiritual community TOGETHER so that they find energy and life to pour into their church. We want them to put their own oxygen masks on first.
One of our partner churches said it this way:
“Spiritually and emotionally we deal with difficult “storms” that shower us with stress, guilt, shame, and regret. We are pushed and pulled in all directions by the draining experiences that come our way in life and in ministry. Eleven:28 offers spiritual direction and encouragement, creates a safe place to explore who God is, and restores spiritual rhythm for our staff. It is a refuge for us.” –Jeff Hubbard, Senior Minister
How it works:
One of our spiritual directors comes one day a month during office hours. One hour is spent as a staff in contemplative formation. The rest of the day is for one on one spiritual direction with individual church leaders.
“The spiritual practices that Rhesa leads us through have changed the way I guide my church through needed changes. I have more awareness of what’s making me anxious. Rhesa helps me identify those by asking leading questions, and encouraging me to relinquish those to God. She’s good at telling me what no one else does. That robs me of my ability to manipulate God. My monthly meeting with Rhesa is the most helpful hour of the month for the health of my ministry.” –Jarrod Robinson, Senior Minister
Contact Rhesa, our founding director, to learn more about how your church leadership can partner with Eleven:28.
To learn more about best practices for church staff spirituality, download our recent study.