Synod 1982 approved the formation of Pastor Church Resources (PCR). The mandate for this ministry was that it provide programs of “healing and prevention” for ministers, staff, councils, and congregations. Almost 40 years later, PCR has significantly expanded its work. Today, our mission statement is:
Pastor Church Resources serves pastors, churches, and classes as they seek to promote healthy relationships, encourage one another in ministry, and discern next steps in seasons of growth, transition, or challenge.
Ministry Shares enable PCR to serve pastors and congregations in a variety of ways. Today, PCR offers:
Continuing education opportunities and grants
Vocational ministry assessments
Peer Learning grants
Resources and grants for pastors in transition
Direct consultation in seasons of transition and challenge
Resources for the pastor search and staff evaluation processes
Educational opportunities for councils, staff, and congregations
Specialized Transitional Ministers
Healthy Church Discernment Process
Support and training for Church Visitors, Classis Counselors, Pastoral Mentors, and Regional Pastors
Consultation: providing assistance to pastors and churches in times of transition, crisis, and discernment.
Crossroads Discernment: provide leadership and support for Crossroads Discernment Process: a program to guide churches through the spiritual discernment and logistical details of significant changes including reset, restart, and closure.
Mentoring: helping to connect newly ordained ministers with mentors.
Specialized Transitional Ministers: providing leadership and oversight to the STM program—ministers who walk alongside congregations during times of transition.