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 Overview

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Fast Facts

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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

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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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