No one prepared you for this.
There is no larger gap than that between the training for and actual requirements of Christian ministry. Biblical Studies, theological certifications, and ministry degrees (especially the coveted Masters of Divinity) simply do not prepare one for the daily challenges of church leadership. Ministerial students receive no instruction on recruiting volunteers, managing teams, launching missional initiatives, or understanding cultural trends; yet these are basic requirements for any pastor, from youth ministry to women’s league.
As a result, pastors feel discouraged, ill-equipped, criticized, and betrayed, all of which contribute to their early departure.
Is there a magic bullet for ministerial effectiveness? Yes.
Chapter Houses, like retreat centers, provide space for pastors to receive guidance and spiritual development. Pastors need a haven where they can escape the rigors of ministry, where they don’t have to play at being perfect, and where they can discuss issues before their responses are fully formed. The Fossores Chapter House is a space where preachers, leaders, and innovators from all over the world come not only for solace and development, but also to incubate the future of the church.