Pastors quitting? Families falling apart?
Marriages that cannot endure ministry?
Statistically, ministry vocation is one of high risk emotionally, mentally, maritally, and even physically. Who ministers to the minister? Who encouragers the encouragers? How can you effective teach biblical truth if you are struggling? Who can relate? Who can you talk to? We have four respected ministry veterans ready to listen and care!
Pastors, associate pastors, small group and Sunday school teachers, lay ministry leaders, and every believer in the church have been given the critical assignment to explain to the lost and new believers the profound Christian truths of the faith. Apologia, a ministry founded by Dr. Sam and Annette Bailey and Drs. Jerry and Cristie Jo Johnston realize that essential to the success of the mission, and the priority in every Apologia conference or staff coaching session, are two vital components: worship, prayer and renewal with an exclusive focus on Jesus; and compassionate, experienced ministers speaking honestly with the purpose to encourage pastors and leaders in the church and induce their longevity, productivity, and joy. Sam, Annette, Cristie, and Jerry are not theoreticians when it comes to ministry. Both couples have been fruitful church planters and entrepreneurial leaders. Why should you have to endure difficulties when you can learn strategy and answers to move your ministry forward regardless of the challenges?
Apologia provides leaders and ministry veterans who have shared accountability with each other for over three decades. Our team collectively represents over 120 years of extensive ministry experience! Most important, Jerry, Cristie, Annette, and Sam coach leaders with compassion and skill to help Christian leaders overcome the trials, temptations, and difficulties inevitably faced on a daily basis. The Apologia team is uniquely equipped to help leaders overcome obstacles and find strategies of personal and ministry effectiveness for Jesus Christ. We desire to work with para church ministries, local church staff and leaders, and evangelical denominations to serve as the pastor/lay leader mentors, coaches, confidants, and friends. Why? Because we have been there!
According to Fuller Seminary and The Alban Institute, the number of American clergy that are leaving the ministry is staggering—as many as 1,500 per month!1 Moral failure among pastors is at an all-time high with six–nine pastors who commit adultery or engage in sexual misconduct every hour, 165–205 pastor each day. Every six to ten minutes a pastor falls morally in the United States. These catastrophic numbers do not include associate staff ministers who are being terminated, for a wide variety of reasons, at a rate double that of senior pastors.
One out of every two pastors in full-time vocational ministry quits during the first five years of service. The average tenure of a minister who serves in the role of “church pastor” is a brief 3.8 years. G.L. Rediger documents, “A pastor is fired or forced out every six minutes in the United States.”2
The Apologia™ Team
Apologia is a name you can trust in pastoral care and encouragement. Apologia conferences and ministry will make the difference in your life, ministry, and most important asset – your family. Recognizing the power of media on our culture, Apologia is distributing numerous worthy media projects designed for millions of North Americans, and countries internationally. At the heart of our collective involvement is a strong call to strengthen the local church; pastors and lay leaders by helping them understand they do not have to struggle in silence any longer. Apologia is redemptive, caring, and compassionate for every pastor and leader who needs a listening ear and a caring heart.