Two undeniable realities that I have learned in my over 40 years of local church involvement:
1. The ministry can be a very LONELY calling.
2. Shepherding people is NOT for the faint-of-heart.
We just don’t have many people to whom we can turn when we need to talk. People we can trust. People we can be sure will never judge nor betray us. People who, no matter what, will never think less of us. People to whom we can be real. People who love us. People who understand the unique pressures of the ministry. People who “get it.”
So it is in that spirit of someone who “gets it” that I freely make myself available to pastors, youth pastors, staff members — anyone in any ministry leadership position — to offer my love and encouragement to them.
I surely do not have all the answers. I cannot begin to solve every problem. I cannot relieve every pressure, nor wave a wand and magically make everything better.
But I CAN love you, listen to you, encourage you, bear the burdens of life and ministry with you, pray for you, come alongside you, and cheer you on in the race.
And most importantly, since I am not a part of your ministry, I am indeed a “safe” resource to whom you can turn when you feel as though you are all alone and have nowhere to turn.
40+ years in the battle I am. And, by the grace of God, still standing.
If I can come alongside you during a dark hour, shed a little light, in effect put an arm around you and support you in the battle, then the struggles that I have endured, the pain that I have carried, the emotional scars that I continue to bear will have all been worth it.
So it is with a heart filled to overflowing with a profound respect for you and all that you do for the glory of God that I make myself available to you to serve you in any way that I can.
Please feel free to…
Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org;
or Facebook me: Dewey Bertolini
to let me know how I can help.