Holistic Christian Counseling | Sabbatical Rest & Network | Life & Ministry Training
A Crisis of Ministry: Increasingly, Christian leaders and their families are experiencing a need for rest and restoration from burnout, moral failure and forced termination. Missionaries are experiencing unrealistic expectations, financial burdens, denominational pressure & family stress leading to a mass exodus from full-time vocational ministry. We are in a crisis of ministry like no other where the needs of full-time ministry staff & church lay leadership hang in the balance. What is the Church to do? Where can Christian leaders who are called by God go to find healing and restoration?
Westwood Ministries has been operating since 1989 as a pastoral care ministry in an attempt to meet the physical and family needs of those in full-time ministry and church lay leadership. Westwood offers ministry in three priority areas:Sabbatical Retreat & Rest, Holistic Christian Counseling & Life and Ministry Training. We are convinced that God's desire for His Church is to be a healthy, functioning body. But before the Church can be healthy, its leaders must find health themselves.
Three Areas of Ministry "A Place To Go..." Sabbatical Retreat and Rest: Westwood offers a place of retreat and rest for the purpose of renewal, health and healing through our retreat center in Mountain Home, TX.
"A Person To Come To..." Holistic Christian Counseling: Counseling and mentoring are available to Christian leaders and their families. We offer a safe place with a safe person for the health and well-being of the entire person: Mind, Soul and Spirit.
"A Purpose To Train For..." The Potters Institute: The Life and Ministry Training piece for Westwood Ministries. We offer practical and relevant leadership training for current and future generations of ministry professionals and Church lay leadership.
Each year Westwood absorbs the cost of many clients and guests who come to receive help but cannot afford to pay the "suggested donation" that is required for the ministry and services. The DNA of Westwood is that no Christian leader or their family be turned away due to their lack of funds to pay for their stay at Westwood and the ministry received. However, this costs Westwood about $50,000 each year! This past year we began to share these needs for scholarships that would enable more leaders to come and receive healing at Westwood Ministries.
Already we have received over $15,000 toward our goal of 50,000!
I invite you to make this scholarship fund a matter of prayer for your year-end giving this year! For every servant leader and family we salvage from failure and destruction, many lives will be changed down through eternity!