Recently I was able to continue the “Simple Church Conversations” series by interviewing a good friend, Bart Scarborough. Bart is currently operating a spiritual retreat center in Georgia called The Ancient Way Farm. In this podcast we discuss the current unhealthy trend of frenetic ministry and encourage a more focused but slower, deliberate way of healthy ministry through reflection and relationship. As you will hear me share in my introduction, the topics we cover in part 1 (and part 2 …coming soon) are very close to what I think God is up to in “simple” church. I hope you enjoy and would love to hear your thoughts in person or in the comments below.
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From Ancient Way Farm website…
How we got here…
Bart and Victoria Scarborough have been in full-time vocational ministry with Young Life for the past 25 years. It has been a wonderful ride with a fabulous organization. They have seen it all. The beautiful and the dreadful. Countless lives changed forever as kids come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior. And, unfortunately, many Christian leaders fall away because of the stress of ministry and the pressures to succeed. It was time to turn the table.
Bart and Victoria decided it was time to shift their focus from introducing the lost to Jesus Christ, to helping Christian leaders go deeper with Him to stay healthier for the long haul. This would enable leaders to be stronger for the countless others that they would influence for the Kingdom.
“We lead more out of who we are than out of what we do, strategic or otherwise. If we fail to recognize that who we are on the inside informs every aspect of our leadership, we will do damage to ourselves and to those we lead.” – Peter Scazzero, The Emotionally Healthy Leader
The harvest is plentiful.
- 90% of people in ministry feel inadequately trained to cope with the ministry demands;
- over half feel like they are unable to meet the demands of the job;
- 70% fight depression;
- 50% would leave their jobs if they could, but have no other way to support their families.