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Those Who Are Jealous of Restoration

There will always be someone who cannot rejoice over a fallen or broken brother or sister returning home to experience grace, forgiveness, help, and restoration. Their greatest failure is resenting what causes the Father to rejoice.

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Case Study on Restoration: Pastor Richard Long

October 20, 2020

In the fourth Reclaiming podcast, Pastor Pete Tackett presents a special interview with a former pastor of Antioch Baptist Church. This case study with Pastor Richard Long is a beautiful story that demonstrates how humility and confession are the doorway to restoration. 

Restoration Resources

Resources that have proven helpful to both fallen and struggling church leaders and the churches who want to help them.

The authors of re.CLAIM.ing see themselves as connectors of people and resources and you can reach them at connect@reclaimingbook.com

  • City of Refuge is a long-term residential restoration ministry that brings hurting pastors and their families into First Baptist Woodstock for potentially multiple years. While families are in the program, City of Refuge provides housing, childcare, counseling, and small group support at no cost to the family. For more than two decades, City of Refuge has provided a safe place for ministers to find hope and healing. For further information, you will need to call First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Georgia. Because they have so many requests and limited space, they do not have a public web page. You can find the church contact info at www.fbcw.org.
  • Shepherd’s Haven of Rest – A respite and wise counsel ministry for pastors who are close to crashing or burning out or who have recently been through a traumatic season. Led by Charley and Suzanne Grigsby, they can be reached at www.shorministries.org
  • FIG Ministries is a ministry of restoration for both fallen leaders and fallen church members that includes regular social media support, a retreat center where the broken can go for respite and counsel, and a training center for pastors and church leaders who wish to develop a culture of restoration in their church. Because their ministry is to fragile people, they do not maintain a highly visible web presence. You can reach them by going to www.falleningrace.com/contact-us/ and filling out the form. They will get back with you very quickly.
  • Energize Ministries – A team whose purpose is to provide proactive, preventive care to pastors, ministry leaders and their families; and to continually engage the body of Christ to do the same.  They have a vision to establish a new standard of pastoral care and realize a radical change in the way church returns care for our nation’s pastors, ministry leaders, and their families. Visit their website at www.energizeministries.com or call them at 800.477.3583.
  • Keith Glover – Keith is a pastor to coaches and church leaders and has wide ranging experience and gifts. He would be glad to hear from you and set up a time for a conversation. He can be reached at keitheglover@gmail.com.
  • Tennessee Baptist Mission Board – Dr. Roger “Sing” Oldham leads the Office of Pastor Health at the TBMB and can be reached at 800.558.2090.
  • Lantern Lane Farm “Where Healing Happens” – A 501(c)(3) non-profit, faith-based counseling center near Nashville, TN. We provide rest and relaxation to those who need spiritual, emotional, and physical healing. Our nonjudgemental, restorative, and compassionate care is through traditional and equine-assisted counseling services. Visit www.lanternlanefarm.org for more information. 

The authors of re.CLAIM.ing see themselves as connectors of people and resources and you can reach them at connect@reclaimingbook.com. (or you can direct to the contact page or however you wish to do this.)

  • City of Refuge is a long-term residential restoration ministry that brings hurting pastors and their families into First Baptist Woodstock for potentially multiple years. While families are in the program, City of Refuge provides housing, childcare, counseling, and small group support at no cost to the family. For more than two decades, City of Refuge has provided a safe place for ministers to find hope and healing. For further information, you will need to call First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Georgia. Because they have so many requests and limited space, they do not have a public web page. You can find the church contact info at www.fbcw.org.
  • Shepherd’s Haven of Rest – A respite and wise counsel ministry for pastors who are close to crashing or burning out or who have recently been through a traumatic season. Led by Charley and Suzanne Grigsby, they can be reached at www.shorministries.org
  • FIG Ministries is a ministry of restoration for both fallen leaders and fallen church members that includes regular social media support, a retreat center where the broken can go for respite and counsel, and a training center for pastors and church leaders who wish to develop a culture of restoration in their church. Because their ministry is to fragile people, they do not maintain a highly visible web presence. You can reach them by going to www.falleningrace.com/contact-us/ and filling out the form. They will get back with you very quickly.
  • Energize Ministries – A team whose purpose is to provide proactive, preventive care to pastors, ministry leaders and their families; and to continually engage the body of Christ to do the same.  They have a vision to establish a new standard of pastoral care and realize a radical change in the way church returns care for our nation’s pastors, ministry leaders, and their families. Visit their website at www.energizeministries.com or call them at 800.477.3583.
  • Keith Glover – Keith is a pastor to coaches and church leaders and has wide ranging experience and gifts. He would be glad to hear from you and set up a time for a conversation. He can be reached at keitheglover@gmail.com.
  • Tennessee Baptist Mission Board – Dr. Roger “Sing” Oldham leads the Office of Pastor Health at the TBMB and can be reached at 800.558.2090.