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A Safe Place for Pastors and Their Spouses Who Are Experiencing Weariness, Burnout and/or Crisis in Ministry

Fresh Hope for Mental Health

Release Date: 10/17/2017

An Interview with Evan Owens show art An Interview with Evan Owens

Fresh Hope for Mental Health

On this edition of Fresh Hope for Mental Health Pastor Brad Hoefs talks with Evan Owens about the groups he and his wife started for Veterans and First Responders called Reboot and Recharge (RebootRecovery.com) with over 250 courses around the world Reboot has been a place where faith collides with trauma and souls have been healed. We encourage you to share this podcast with your friends via your social media connections. After listening to this podcast, we encourage you to email us at info@FreshHope.us with a comment or question that we will share on our next podcast.  ...

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8 Things to Remember in Tough Times show art 8 Things to Remember in Tough Times

Fresh Hope for Mental Health

On this edition of Fresh Hope for Mental Health Pastor Brad Hoefs talks about what to do when going through tough times. Brad takes 8 things from the law of attraction and tweaks them a bit so that the same rules apply, but are instead Christ centered.   We encourage you to share this podcast with your friends via your social media connections. After listening to this podcast, we encourage you to email us at info@FreshHope.us with a comment or question that we will share on our next podcast.   If you are listening to this podcast on iTunes, we encourage you to leave a...

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What To Do When You Are Overwhelmed. show art What To Do When You Are Overwhelmed.

Fresh Hope for Mental Health

  On this edition of Fresh Hope for Mental Health Pastor Brad Hoefs shares 6 things you should do when feeling overwhelmed. These 6 things were found on Life Hack, but Brad puts a spin on them when he looks at the 6 things through a "Christian Filter”   We encourage you to share this podcast with your friends via your social media connections. After listening to this podcast, we encourage you to email us at info@FreshHope.us with a comment or question that we will share on our next podcast.   If you are listening to this podcast on iTunes, we encourage you to...

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5 Quotes Worth Pondering show art 5 Quotes Worth Pondering

Fresh Hope for Mental Health

  One of Pastor Brad Hoefs favorite things is collecting inspiring quotes from people that make him think. On this edition of Fresh Hope for Mental Health Pastor Brad Hoefs shares 5 of his favorite quotes worth pondering with you!   We encourage you to share this podcast with your friends via your social media connections. After listening to this podcast, we encourage you to email us at info@FreshHope.us with a comment or question that we will share on our next podcast.   If you are listening to this podcast on iTunes, we encourage you to leave a comment regarding...

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Fresh Hope Ministry Update! show art Fresh Hope Ministry Update!

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There’s a lot of things happening within Fresh Hope’s International Ministry! So, we thought in this podcast we would give you an update of all that is happening! We encourage you to share this podcast with your friends via your social media connections. After listening to this podcast, we encourage you to email us at info@FreshHope.us with a comment or question that we will share on our next podcast.   If you are listening to this podcast on iTunes, we encourage you to leave a comment regarding the podcast. Or you can leave a voice message for us on the site:...

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An Interview with Therapist and Counselor Robert Vore show art An Interview with Therapist and Counselor Robert Vore

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On today’s episode of Fresh Hope for Mental Health Pastor Brad Hoefs talks with Therapist and Counselor - Robert Vore. Vore works with the youth and young adults helping them move past barriers and live whole, happy lives. When Robert was a young adult he struggled with depression, suicidal thoughts and wrestling with his faith. After working in ministry and posting about his past struggles realized that many people who deal with similar mental health struggles will often first seek the guidance of their faith leader. He know trains other faith leaders and has a podcast CXMH.   We...

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Interview with Samantha Karraa show art Interview with Samantha Karraa

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On today’s episode of Fresh Hope for Mental Health Pastor Brad Hoefs talks with Samantha Karraa. Samantha is a youth pastor in El Salvador. Brad and Samantha talk about her struggle with bipolar disorder and not knowing why she would flip on a switch,get angry with her heart racing, and feel as though it was going to pop out of her chest. She went to the doctor and had tons of tests done and checked out ok. It was tell she visited a psychiatrist that she was diagnosed with Bipolar. She was worried that she would be labeled and stigmatized because of her mental health diagnosis when she heard...

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A Conversation with author Sarah Robinson show art A Conversation with author Sarah Robinson

Fresh Hope for Mental Health

On today’s episode of Fresh Hope for Mental Health Pastor Brad Hoefs talks with Sarah Robinson. Sarah Robinson is an author who writes about the hard stuff so you don’t feel alone. Brad and Sarah talk about how Life can be really hard, messy, and broken, but it can still be beautiful. Although Sarah loved her church there was some toxic aspects of it. She had to hide how she was feeling it was not okay, to be not okay. Even though God loves everyone, she felt like God didn’t really love her. Over the years she was exposed more to the grace of God and the love of God. Finally someone told...

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A Conversation with Dr. Sidney Hankerson show art A Conversation with Dr. Sidney Hankerson

Fresh Hope for Mental Health

On today’s episode of Fresh Hope for Mental Health, Pastor Brad Hoefs talks with Dr. Sidney Hankerson. Dr. Sidney Hankerson is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

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Podcast with writer and blogger, Abby McDonald show art Podcast with writer and blogger, Abby McDonald

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On today's edition of Fresh Hope For Mental Health, Pastor Brad Hoefs talks with writer and blogger, Abby McDonald. Abby chats with Pastor Brad about struggling with postpartum depression, and how writing was one of the pursuits that allowed her to see the light again. You can visit Abby's website/blog at www.abbymcdonald.org.

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We offer this special podcast as a point of hope and healing for pastors and those who serve in full-time ministry. Serving the Lord full-time in ministry can be challenging.

 

In this special edition of Fresh Hope for Mental Health for October, Pastor Appreciation Month, Pastor Brad interviews Mr. David Anderson who is the Founder and President of Shepherd's Canyon Retreat.

Shepherd's Canyon Retreat offers week-long counseling retreats for men and women in full-time ministry who are in the midst of various stages of burnout, stress, depression, and conflicts of all kinds. Each retreat can accommodate up to eight individuals. Our staff includes two counselors, a chaplain, and volunteers who provide outstanding hospitality.

We encourage you to pass this podcast onto your pastor and other ministry staff people at your church.

According to PastorBurnoutStatistics.com:

  • 23% have been fired or pressured to resign at least once in their careers.
  • 25% don't know where to turn when they have a family or personal conflict or issue.
  • 25% of pastors' wives see their husband's work schedule as a source of conflict.
  • 33% felt burned out within their first five years of ministry.
  • 33% say that being in ministry is an outright hazard to their family.
  • 40% of pastors and 47% of spouses are suffering from burnout, frantic schedules, and/or unrealistic expectations.
  • 45% of pastors' wives say the greatest danger to them and their family is physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual burnout.
  • Though I can find no specific statistics (I'm sure they are out there), the pastorate is seeing a significant rise in the number of female pastors.
  • 45% of pastors say that they've experienced depression or burnout to the extent that they needed to take a leave of absence from ministry.
  • 50% feel unable to meet the needs of the job.
  • 52% of pastors say they and their spouses believe that being in pastoral ministry is hazardous to their family's well-being and health.
  • 56% of pastors' wives say that they have no close friends.
  • 57% would leave the pastorate if they had somewhere else to go or some other vocation they could do.
  • 70% don't have any close friends.
  • 75% report severe stress causing anguish, worry, bewilderment, anger, depression, fear, and alienation.
  • 80% of pastors say they have insufficient time with their spouse.
  • 80% believe that pastoral ministry affects their families negatively.
  • 90% feel unqualified or poorly prepared for ministry.
  • 90% work more than 50 hours a week.
  • 94% feel under pressure to have a perfect family.
  • 1,500 pastors leave their ministries each month due to burnout, conflict, or moral failure.

Yet, LifeWay Research says that pastors are not quitting in groves and offers different statistics and another perspective: http://www.lifeway.com/pastors/2016/09/28/pastors-are-not-quitting-in-droves/

“We have all heard, and perhaps shared, these “staggering” scary stats about pastors who leave the ministry every month. The truth is sometimes worse than myth, but fortunately not in this case.

  • The prevailing myth = 1,500/1,700 pastors leave the ministry every month.
  • The promising truth = 250 pastors leave the ministry every month.

Also, according to LifeWay, last September, the results of a groundbreaking LifeWay Research survey of 1,500 pastors of evangelical and historically black churches found only one percent abandon the pulpit each year. I can think of at least three implications from this groundbreaking research.

According to LifeWay, pastors are not quitters. But, LifeWay also says that while pastors are 'tough,' ministry is also 'tough,' and pastors need encouragement.”

According to LifeWay Research:

  • 84 percent say they’re on call 24 hours a day
  • 80 percent expect conflict in their church
  • 54 percent find the role of pastor frequently overwhelming

 After listening to this podcast, we encourage you to email us at info@FreshHope.us with a comment or question that we will share on our next podcast.  

If you are listening to this podcast on iTunes, we encourage you to leave a comment regarding the podcast. Or you can leave a voice message for us on the site:  www.FreshHope4MentalHealth.com

Pastor Brad Hoefs, the host of Fresh Hope for Mental Health, is the founder of Fresh Hope Ministries, a network of Christian mental health support groups for those who have a diagnosis and their loved ones. In other words, Fresh Hope is a Christian mental health support group. 

Brad was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1995. He is a weekly blogger for www.bphope.com (Bipolar Magazine). He is also a certified peer specialist and has been doing pastoral counseling since 1985. Brad is also the author of Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis, which is available on Amazon or at www.FreshHopeBook.com

If you are interested in more information about Fresh Hope go to www.FreshHope.us or email info@FreshHope.us or call 402.932.3089.

To donate to Fresh Hope go to http://freshhope.us/donate/ 

For a complete list of where Fresh Hope groups are presently meeting, go to www.FreshHope.us and click on “find a group.”  Or you may attain an online group of meetings of Fresh Hope by going to www.FreshHopeMeeting.com

If you are interested in starting a Fresh Hope group within your faith community, contact Julie at Julie@FreshHope.us 

Fresh Hope for Mental Health is a production of Fresh Hope Ministries. 

Fresh Hope Ministries is a non-profit ministry.  

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