About 75% of all church plants fail. By "fail" we mean fail to function as self-sustaining, self-governing, self-propagating communities. We believe that it is not a lack of an entrepreneural spirit to fulfill the passion God has put on someone's heart, but many times the right mix of resources and support. NLA doesn't push a formula, but certain constants help ensure the survival of young churches and the emotional health of the spiritual entrepreneurs who, under God, bring them about.
Burnout and isolation in ministry is dangerous and common ground. It can put many people in situations that lead to harmful behaviors that put the spiritual leader and his/her family in jeopardy. Many ask:
Where can I turn?"
"If I went to my elders, wouldn't they think that their leader is falling apart?" * "Wouldn't I be fired if I were really honest about what's going on in my life?"
"Is it a lack of faith when I feel numb doing ministry?"
"Where can I go? Is there a safe place to discuss my emotions, thoughts, and fears?" NLA has become a safe place where leaders can share their emotions, thoughts and fears. We have designed a safe container to mold the leader toward growth and healing, not judgment.
We are partnering with some of the greatest biblical counselors to nurture the healing process and provide a roadmap back to the passion and calling that God desires for you. You are more important than your ministry.