“REVITALIZING GOD’S CHURCH ONE PASTOR AT A TIME”
“REVITALIZING GOD’S CHURCH ONE PASTOR AT A TIME”

THE REALITY OF TODAY’S CHURCH

When we think about churches today, around 80% of churches are stagnant or declining and approximately 80% of them are solo pastored. We believe these two are often related.

Churches typically grow when the pastoral staff has the time to connect with its members and community, and to give visionary and strategic leadership to the church. We typically see this in new churches, or larger mega churches. The ones in the middle tend to fall into the statistics above, which leads to the core problems that Pastor Partner seeks to prevent; pastor burnout, fatigue, and discouragement.

Solo Pastors

Pastor fatigue is common in solo pastored churches because the pastor is on 24/7 to oversee all aspects of the church. When churches reach a certain size, the pastor is typically forced to spend more time with the day-to-day administrative tasks, leaving less time to connect with the congregation and to provide strategic leadership.

What solo pastors really need is another pastor who can help them shoulder the load, but struggling church budgets cause restraint by leadership to hire the additional pastor in fear of not being able to guarantee their salary for a given period.

Retired PastorS

After retirement, pastors have tremendous experience and knowledge that they desire to share with the next generation of pastors. Many retired pastors also face the realization that they were not financially prepared for retirement.

They often find it difficult to continue serving the Lord and earn needed income, while still maintaining the flexibility in their retirement that they desired in the first place.

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Approximately 80% of churches in America are stagnant or declining.

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Approximately 80% of churches in America are solo-pastored.

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80% of seminary graduates will not be in the pastorate 5 years after graduation.

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70% of pastors regularly consider leaving ministry.

HOW PASTOR PARTNER HELPS CHURCHES

Pastor Partner connects solo pastors with retired pastors through an online compatibility matching system to help eliminate pastor fatigue. The retired pastor is there to work alongside the solo pastor and help them with whatever is needed. This retired pastor has tremendous experience and knowledge so they are able to jump right in and immediately alleviate pastor burnout and begin making a positive impact on the church.

What makes Pastor Partner different than the church hiring an additional pastor is that it is project-based (typically 1 year). The goal of this project is to quickly show the benefit for the church and ultimately enable them to seek permanent additions to the pastoral staff.

Pastor Partner provides training on how to implement a “Pastor Partner Project” in your church and how to secure funding for the project and retired pastor. Ideally, the church will seek “match” funding from one or more congregation members with vision and resources. Once a donor is found, the project and match grant can be presented to the congregation along with the benefits for the project.

The first match for Pastor Partner was between Reformed Pastor, John Kenny, and retired Baptist Pastor, Bill Rudd. This project has been a tremendous success for the both of them as well as for the church and the congregation in which they serve.

Pastor Partner connects solo pastors with retired pastors through an online compatibility matching system to help eliminate pastor fatigue. The retired pastor is there to work alongside the solo pastor and help them with whatever is needed. This retired pastor has tremendous experience and knowledge so they are able to jump right in and immediately alleviate pastor burnout and begin making a positive impact on the church.

What makes Pastor Partner different than the church hiring an additional pastor is that it is project-based (typically 1 year). The goal of this project is to quickly show the benefit for the church and ultimately enable them to seek permanent additions to the pastoral staff.

Pastor Partner provides training on how to implement a “Pastor Partner Project” in your church and how to secure funding for the project and retired pastor. Ideally, the church will seek “match” funding from one or more congregation members with vision and resources. Once a donor is found, the project and match grant can be presented to the congregation along with the benefits for the project.

The first match for Pastor Partner was between Reformed Pastor, John Kenny and retired Baptist Pastor, Bill Rudd. This project has been a tremendous success for the both of them as well as for the church and the congregation in which they serve.

WHO WE ARE

Scott Bekins

Scott Bekins

Scott Bekins owns and runs several businesses, but has always felt a calling to support Pastors. Their dedication and sacrifice is amazing. Pastor Partner started from a vision of connecting the retired pastor from his former church, Bill Rudd, with the solo pastor at his current church, John Kenny. God blessed that connection and showed the three of them how this could work to revitalize many solo pastored churches. Scott is married and has three children.
JOHN KENNY

JOHN KENNY

John Kenny has 20 years of ministry experience serving as a pastor and US Army Chaplain. He is ordained in the Reformed Church in America (RCA). John earned his MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and a DMin from Reformed Theological Seminary. He has spent the past 12 years as a solo pastor at First Reformed Church in Grand Haven, MI. His primary area of interest in ministry is church revitalization: improving the health of a congregation and its leaders through biblical principles. John is married to his high school sweetheart and they have three children.
DR. BILL RUDD

DR. BILL RUDD

Bill Rudd has been a pastor in four churches for a half-century. He has been an adjunct professor in two seminaries. He is pastor emeritus at Calvary Church in Muskegon, MI, where he served for 32 years. In retirement he serves as a consultant, does pulpit supply, is a workplace chaplain, and is an author (“Should Women Be Pastors and Leaders in Church?”). He and Gloria have been married for over 51 years. They have four children and ten grandchildren. His website is pastorbillrudd.com.

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