Research shows that over 50% of all pastors will experience a forced termination during their ministry lives. Pastor-in-Residence (PIR) Ministries helps exited pastors navigate vocational transition by providing a proven process of restoration within a caring and restorative environment.
An exited or fired pastor, a leader who is at risk and is in need of pastoral care.
Only God can bring restoration and comfort out of the turmoil of a forced exit in ministry.
The church is God’s instrument for fellowship, accountability, and restoration.
The PIR Ministry Distinction
Jesus is the Great Physician, and we depend on the Holy Spirit to effect change in hearts. The grace, truth and power of the gospel are our sole hope for anyone in need of healing, comfort and direction.
Double the Impact
The impact on churches and particpants is equally positive. As one church member put it, “I think the PIR program has benefitted this church more than the Pastor in Residence participants.”
Local Church Focus
Meeting with a loving and gracious Support Team during the course of the process provides an environment for intentional growth and relational health in Christ.
The PIR process provides an environment where a healthier understanding of the ministry role can emerge. A new and stable foundation is built upon an honest look at one’s strengths, weaknesses, and competencies related to ministry.
The financial consequences of a pastor being “exited” can be devastating. Within the local church financial framework, the Refuge Church is encouraged to provide a means by which donations can be received for the PIR program.
Proven Track Record
When you talk to those who have experienced God’s restorative work as a part of the PIR process, you find that the impact far exceeds expectations. The PIR program has made a lasting difference.
Partners in Pastoral Renewal & Restoration
With a depth of experience and a grace-filled passion to serve pastors and the church, each of us has a personal story of God’s work of renewal to share.
The PIR Story
PIR Ministries and the Pastor-in-Residence program was born out of the heart of the Dr. Charles Wickman. In 1986, serving as a senior pastor in California, Chuck put the program together and used it at his church to aid in returning three exited pastors to vocational ministry. The process became the subject of his doctoral thesis at Trinity Evangelical Divinity Seminary in Illinois. Out of his thesis the first draft of the General Guide, Especially for Pastors Guide, and the Affirmations Workbook were created. PIR broadened its reach when, at Chuck’s retirement from the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in 1997, it became a national ministry. The program materials and process were further refined at that time with help from key individuals at Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
To God’s glory, hundreds of pastoral families have experienced His grace and healing work through the work of local churches trained in the Pastor-in-Residence process.
Research shows that nearly 1,500 pastors are exited from their church each month. PIR Ministries exists to provide hope to those exited pastors, and a proven process that helps them navigate times of vocational transition. PIR offers resources for helping exited pastors, developing Refuge churches, and Refuge networks in providing a caring and restorative environment. To God’s glory, hundreds of pastoral families have experienced His grace and healing work through the work of local churches trained in the Pastor-in-Residence process. PIR Ministries is headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia and has Regional Directors across the country. Pastor-in- Residence(PIR) Ministries was formed as a 501c3 not-for-profit organization in 1996.
“PIR stood with us. We feel unconditionally loved and accepted by church people again.”
– Dan S.
We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur within that union.
The above is based on the Statement of Faith of the National Association of Evangelicals and adopted by Pastor-in-Residence Inc. (Rev 7 2016)
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