Pastor-in-Residence

A safe environment for working through the loss associated with an exit from ministry

It could have happened for a variety of reasons: burnout, conflict in the church, the church or ministry closed, or ethical compromise. After a forced exit, you and your family find yourselves in transition…what happens now? Is there help? Is there hope?

The Pastor in Residence program is a ministry specifically designed for pastors and ministry leaders in transition. This restorative process provides a safe environment for working through the loss associated with an exit from ministry. It is an individually tailored process so that the exited pastor and his family can find hope and begin discovering the next steps God might have for them.

Program Features


Every exited pastor who completes the Pastor-in-Residence process will be better equipped for their next phase of ministry. We employ a tried and true process that includes the following features:


An Encouraging Environment


You will have the opportunity to be welcomed in a Refuge Church for a period of 6 to 12 months.


Support & Accountability


You will be assigned a Support Team that is based within your Refuge Church.


Ministry Opportunity


in specifically selected ministry opportunities during the course of the process.



Re-Tooling Experience


Participation in an assessment of individual passions, skills and styles (PRO-D Assessment).



Jumpstart To Ministry


The shape of God’s calling for your future can begin to be discerned.

“PIR was foundational for deep healing…it was the discipleship we needed at the right time.”
– Andy M.

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Every PIR graduate will have gained a better understanding of God’s work in their lives and made significant strides in being restored to a healthy relationship with the Church.

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Frequently Asked Questions

It is important to note that when a church welcomes a Pastor-in-Residence, they are not hiring a new staff person – although the exited pastor is given the title of “Pastor-in Residence.”

The only direct cost to the Refuge Church is for the required 3 to 4 hour training and materials. In addition, the Refuge Church is asked to add a line item in their budget for PIR Ministries, to process any support raised by the Pastor-in-Residence.

No; typically, the Pastor-in-Residence would work in conjunction with denominational or church placement services. We are confident that an exited pastor, once he completes the PIR process, will be better equipped for the next phase of ministry.

No, there is no guarantee that completing the program will ensure a return to full-time pastoral ministry, but those who complete the process gain a better understanding of God’s work in their lives and clearer insight into the shape of their calling for the future. They also make significant strides in being restored to a healthy relationship with the Church.

PIR Ministries is always seeking exited pastors who need and want the opportunity to experience God’s grace through the PIR process. Exited pastors find their way into the PIR process through a variety of paths, including:

  • Referral to PIR Ministries by friends, pastors or denominational leaders. They may be sitting in the pews of our churches.
  • Personal inquiry on the internet or simply by word of mouth.
  • Prayer, as those in Refuge Churches pray that God will bring a wounded pastor and his family their way.

Take Our Survey

The Pastor-in-Residence At-Risk Pastor Profile is designed to evaluate a pastor’s risk of forced resignation from the church he/she now serves. Upon completion, you will receive an immediate response with your score and evaluation.

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