How We Minister

Our ministry is individualized for each one, each family, or each church that we come alongside.  Because every minister and ministry is unique we don’t have a cookie cutter approach. The work will be led by the Holy Spirit and accomplished in God’s strength.

Our intention is to develop ongoing relationships with you and all who we serve.  This means that it’s not a ministry with one-time visits.

We serve people, inter-denominationally, whether as individuals or part of a church body.  God has already opened doors for us to meet leaders serving in Bangladesh, Canada, Fiji, France, Nepal, and the US Virgin Islands, as well as, various states across the US.  

You can receive Biblical counseling, organizational consulting, and encouragement as we challenge believers to walk in Christ-likeness. You will be given tools, resources and accountability.  We also have materials appropriate for small group and conference training, and can supply itinerant preaching and worship as needed. All services are provided free of charge.

A key differentiator of Blue Fire Legacy is that we are called to come alongside.  We intend to serve by coming to you when it seems impossible for you to come to us.   There is value in encouraging ministers to get away from their daily tasks, and we foresee offering that as an additional mode of ministry as Blue Fire Legacy continues to develop and grow.

Church Leaders

Church leaders face a myriad of challenges. Senior and associate pastors, elders, deacons, and lay leaders will benefit from our outside perspective. We provide an opportunity to see, explore, and move past potential blind spots as you draw on our years of experience, choosing what will work in your church.

Beyond this, you may need help getting above the fray of “the tyranny of the urgent.”   Perhaps you simply need someone from outside of your congregation to listen and encourage you -  a safe place to confide anything with the assurance that it won’t be repeated or held against you.

Consulting

Consulting often involves the leadership team or board, whether deacon or elder based.  Services provide guidance and accountability as you evaluate why you do what you do as a congregation.  Consulting and teaching services may be combined if leadership desires for their church body to receive exhortation in ways to better care for each other and the community.

Counseling

Counseling is provided by a licensed practitioner and a pastoral care specialist.  Sessions are available for individuals, couples, or families. Areas you may wish to explore include abuse, trauma, grief and loss, sexual impurity, unforgiveness. We work hard and expect the same of you in counseling sessions as the Holy Spirit leads us to deal with the root of the issues.

Itinerant Supply

For pastors desiring freshness in their congregations or a week or two to be poured into during worship times, itinerant music and teaching supply may be utilized as an independent service or joined with coaching and consulting services. Teaching may also include conferences, special events, retreats, and workshops.

60% of pastors believe that church ministry has negatively impacted their passion for church work. (George Barna, Today’s Pastors)

Pastoral Families

While you as a pastor are called to the ministry, your family is significantly affected.  Your spouse and children are often forgotten or don’t have a safe place to be themselves.  We are available for both you as a ministers AND your families.  A healthy family is important for you to be able to fulfill your calling.

Individual Counseling

We approach counseling from a perspective that honors the individual while treating the base cause(s) rather than simply suggesting behavior modifications or dealing primarily with symptoms.  Having said that, we highly value doing therapy together, with you, as a team rather than utilizing a system that does something to you.

Family Counseling

Because missionary,  pastor, and church leader families don’t live in a vacuum, sometimes they have hard stuff to address in the context of their family units.  

We understand that ministry and a perfect life of ease don’t go hand in hand. Let us walk with you in this season of untangling the mess.

Intensives

Those feeling like they just need to run away from life for a bit would benefit from an intensive.  If you desire concentrated time to meet with us individually, with your spouse, or with your immediate family, intensives are a great option.

Each intensive is personalized for the individuals being served and sessions are designed accordingly.

23% of pastors don’t know where to turn when they have a family or personal conflict or issue. (HB London, Pastors at Great Risk)

Missionaries

The sending organization may have prepared you for the language and culture of missions but you may need help with the personal matters.  While on the field you may need someone that will listen from afar.  You may experience interpersonal conflict with your spouse or those you work beside.  Furloughs are often full of travel and speaking to supporting churches.  What about a time for self-care?

Coaching

Utilized by individuals or boards, coaching may occur in person, by phone, or other electronic formats.  Coaching is less intense than counseling, but provides a format to ask the questions you don’t have anywhere else to ask.  We’re more about effecting change than being a personal cheerleader, so be ready to work.

Counseling

Counseling is provided by a licensed practitioner and a pastoral care specialist. Sessions are available for individuals, couples, or families. 

Areas you may wish to explore include abuse, trauma, grief and loss, sexual impurity, or unforgiveness.

Intensives

Intensives will utilize multiple team members and may be scheduled for a 4-10 day period.  “Intensive” does NOT imply that we serve only crisis situations. Intensives provide the most benefit for those who are traveling a great distance. Each intensive is personalized for you and sessions are designed accordingly.

When asked why they don’t take the time to rest, 65% of missionaries said they could not afford it. Also, more than half said they were not aware of any missionary retreat centers.  (www.edenridge.org)

Congregation

As we have visited with individuals, we have heard over and over that congregants are struggling to find and engage in meaningful community in their churches.  They want to belong!  They want to see the church operating as the church; a priesthood of believers that genuinely loves each other providing an appropriate place to grow in accountability, maturity, and impacting a pre-Christian world!

Often we find that there is a correlation between having healthy ministers and the health of their churches.  The tendency is for the unhealthy to infect the healthy. It is vital to work with both the minister and the congregation to see the church operating in fullness.

The Body of Christ is to be a pure bride.  In that pursuit we provide materials and teaching to challenge the congregation to be who the Lord is calling them to be in Christ.

Training Materials

Behind Enemy Lines: A Discipleship Course in Spiritual Warfare is a great resource for individual as well as small group study.  Each chapter has discussion questions and there are more leader questions in the appendix. More materials are being developed for church groups.

Itinerant Supply

For congregations desiring freshness in their corporate worship times, itinerant music and teaching supply services are available.  Teaching may also include conferences, special events, retreats, and workshops.

Conference

A weekend conference is a great way to jump start change in a church.  We can work with your team or provide the music and teaching. Topics may include, but are not limited to, spiritual warfare, forgiveness, living in Christ’s likeness.

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