Support for Pastors – Pastor Dr Devin Yu, Pastors Renewal Ministry

  • How well do you know your pastors? Are you supportive of their ministry? Do you care about their overall well-being? When we are down or face challenges in our personal lives, spiritual lives, careers, ministries, marital, family, or inter-personal relationships, we can always talk to our fellow Christians or pastors.  But what if our pastors are similarly down or challenged, who can they talk to? Who will be their friends and confidants?  Of course, as Christians, we could and should always turn to our heavenly Father and our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ for comfort, guidance and direction.  But God also made us in his own image, an intra-trinitarian relational image, and that means we are social beings and need social interactions, friendships, and companionships, in good times and especially in bad. 

    In the New Testament, we see the apostle Paul encouraged and shared his life, both his joy and his suffering for the gospel, with his fellow pastors who had likewise been called by God, such as the young Timothy.   Paul was well-aware of the many challenges facing Timothy in his pastoring ministry.  He demonstrated by his words as well as by his action the importance of loving not only his flock but those amongst them who became pastors themselves.  Paul would remember Timothy in his prayers, night and day, even with tears; and he would long to see Timothy so that he might be filled with joy. (2 Tim 1:3-4).  Through God’s words and prayers, they gave one another more than social support, but also emotional and spiritual support.  

    Today, the physical, psychological, emotional, interpersonal, and spiritual demands on our pastors are unimaginably high, and at times, rather unbearable.  However, God never meant any Christian nor, for that matter, any pastor, to serve Him and to run the race alone.  We are constantly engaged in spiritual warfare for Christ, and we are so much stronger and safer if we serve together as comrades in battles, bearing one another’s burdens, stirring one another on, and praying for one another when we are doubtful, lost, stressed, exhausted, hurt, lonely, downcast, or ready to give up.  Pastors may also fall prey to all kinds of temptations, and if they do, the harm may easily undo all the good their ministries had done before.

    Praise the Lord that back in 2015 He has envisioned this Pastors Renewal Ministry (PRM) at FLC as part of our harm prevention initiatives. Now, we have a team of seven (7) experienced and passionate pastors who have been called to mentor those who are new or preparing to embark in pastoral ministries, or to walk with those who are struggling or facing all kinds of challenges in their private lives or ministries.   Our care also extends to their spouses and is available free of charge.  All matters discussed are strictly confidential, and on a one-on-one basis.   Regular conferences, seminars, forums, and retreat camps will also be held to provide continuing, relevant and much-needed training and support to pastors and their spouses.  Please pray for this worthwhile ministry. 

Thanksgiving & Prayer

  1. We are thankful that First Light Care has served the community for 25 years. We praise God that He has provided for all the needs of this ministry through the faithful support and participation of hundreds of people and many churches over the years.
  2. Please pray for our 25th Anniversary Thanksgiving Meeting and the official opening ceremony of our new centre at West Ryde in October. We shall celebrate what God has done through this ministry and to look into the future of our mission in serving the new generation.
  3. Please pray for the election of a new Management Committee in the Annual General Meeting to be held in November. The new Management Committee plays an important role in providing leadership to further develop the ministry and serve the new generation.
  4. Please pray for the Pastors Renewal Ministry as the team seeks to better help and support serving pastors in Sydney and beyond.
  5. Please pray for the two Seminars For Pastors to be held in November this year, that the participating pastors will benefit from the seminars.
  6. Please pray for counsellors Cherrie and Yixin as they are completing the Master of Clinical Psychology course this year. Pray that God will give them good physical and spiritual health as they get through this busy and demanding year.

Thank You For Your Financial Support

We are so thankful for the generous support we received in June that has resolved our current deficit problem.

We ask you to continue to remember and pray for our ongoing need for regular financial support throughout the year to sustain this service for the community, especially for the low-income families.

Please can you consider making a regular tax-deductible donation to help us by:

  1. calling us on (02) 9211 9998 to make a donation using a credit card, or
  2. visit our web page – Support Us, to make a donation via other payment methods.

Thank you for your prayer and support!

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Organiser: First Light Care Association
Co-organiser: Five Plus 2 Christian Platform and EFCA Living Stone

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2023 Seminars For Pastors (Preview)

– brought to you by Pastors Renewal Ministry of First Light Care & SCCCA

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