67 is a group of pastors that meet together for mutual accountability, encouragement and peer learning. The 67 group I am in provides me a safe place where I can share openly and honestly the hard challenges and dark side of ministry. The guys in my group get what I am going through and have something to say or speak into that dark side of ministry. I feel encouraged to persevere in the ministry especially during hardships.
One particular challenge I was going through was the difficult task of releasing a staff member. The men of 67 walked me through whether or not to release this person and what it should look like. They also guided me through how to handle the fall out after. I felt supported by their wise counsel and prayers.
God has used 67 to keep me grounded in truth. First of all, 67 reminds me that I need to practice what I preach. I need accountability, I need a place to be vulnerable, I need "truth tellers" who are objective and loving toward me. Recently, while in a bit of a "spiritual funk" the guys in 67 helped me identify lies that I had been believing. They didn't sweeten that fact that I was in sin. As a result of our meeting, I have restored to a right standing with God and His truth, and have found renewed humble confidence in my ministry. 67 reminded me that "Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord is kept safe." Proverbs 29:25
Secondly, 67 reminds me of the greater Body of Christ and helps me break out of "my kingdom" thinking. Our group is diverse in worship tradition, age, ethnicity, and church cultures. Pursing authentic spiritual relationships in this setting is enriching my life and ministry. I am learning to see God's kingdom beyond the borders of my part of the vineyard.
Finally, 67 has helped me with the skills needed in ministry. Each month I'm challenged and encouraged to better time management, leading with wisdom, focusing on the priorities of prayer and the ministry of the Word, and seeking to catch knowledge from a brother whose been there ahead of me. it is also great to be able to speak into the lives of others.
I praise God for 67. I believe such a group would be a wise investment of time, a step of health for ministry, a blessing for the life of any pastor.
"Being in a 67 group is so important to being healthy as a pastor. The fellowship, accountability and simply being cared for is a blessing. The details for each group meeting are taken care of. We just show up and enjoy a delicious breakfast and round-table discussion with others. There is really nothing like this ministry out there.
The 67 group I am in has given me the opportunity to have men I trust speaking into my life in a safe and confidential way. I feel like I am not alone. I have other men walking through ministry with me. I find encouragement and prayer in my 67 group."
"I have gained a new appreciation for discipleship through 67. The camaraderie, the friendship, the fellowship, the transparency and the ministry has touched and changed my life.
It is a group that has allowed me to experience growth in a personal way. I will always praise God for the ministry that Christ has given to me through 67.
I believe every young pastor should be a part of this vital ministry that will help them to grow in the heart in feeding God’s sheep in knowledge and understanding."
The 67 Group is a pastors’ group for which I had been longing for years. I was looking for a group I could trust where I could share my most personal struggles and where I could get help discerning God’s leading in my ministry—a rigorous and collegial gathering where acceptance and confidentiality would be equally important.
I joined my 67 Group just over five years ago. It has been everything—and more—that I hoped it would be. I love the format of spending a whole morning together over breakfast once every month. Our facilitator does such an excellent job of keeping the six of us pastors on track. We have truly developed a life-long bond over these years together. New members are beautifully enfolded in the group. This group has helped me personally. The group has listened deeply to my struggles and has blessed me with deep prayer. My ministry has been strengthened—both through personal support and through helpful discernment by the group as to what God might be inviting us to. This group has been an answer to many years of prayer!
My name is Pastor Terrence L. Brown of the True Fellowship MB Church Where I’ve pastored for 18 years. I’m a member of the 67 group for at least 5 years. During this time I’ve had quite a few challenges with Church, Family, Finances etc.
This group has managed to encourage, challenge and inspire me all in one session. The camaraderie and care that the members have for one another has brought me through some dark days and situations. I’ve learned how to be more open about my feelings as well as the challenges that this work brings. Over the years these pastors have offered sound counsel as well as creative ways to look at some of these situations. The members are caring supporters of one another and myself. I cherish this group for what it’s done for my life and pray their strength wisdom in the Lord.
67 is a place to go when you have difficult issues related to your ministry. With 67 you receive wisdom and council from like hearted and minded men. It’s a place where you also have the privilege of encouraging and building up other pastors.
The 67 group I am in gives me a sense of belonging and oneness with other pastors. This is often not obtained in denominational group meeting.
One of the tendencies we have as pastors is to forfeit community as we shepherd God’s people. Either because we’re afraid of being known, or think we’re undeserving of being loved we often fall prey to the lie of leading God’s people in isolation. But one of the greatest truths about the gospel is that in Christ we are completely known and utterly loved by God. In Jesus we have a Shepherd who willingly laid down his life for us so that we might not experience isolation and the brokenness of our souls, but rather know Him and the extent of his love for us in his death and resurrection. It’s this gospel truth God has used 67 to remind me of these past 5 years — a truth which is experienced best in community, amongst other fellow pastors and the promises of his word. Might you consider this year the year you come alongside your fellow brothers and explore the richness of God’s grace over your life, family and ministry? In Christ 'somos familia' (we are family), and in his family no one is left behind!
My name is Rick Tustin, and I am the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Mokena, IL. I have been a part of 67 for about four years now, and this brotherhood has blessed me beyond anything I could articulate with mere words. I am fortunate to have five brothers in my 67 group: four pastors and one moderator. We meet monthly, so the demands are not overwhelming; frankly, our meetings are one of the highlights of my month. Who wouldn’t enjoy doughnuts, discussing discipleship, and deliberate prayer?
I rely on my 67 brothers a lot. I look to them to share their depth of wisdom and wealth of experience with me since most of them have been shepherding God’s people for decades. I know that my 67 brothers pray for me regularly, and I pray for them, their marriages, their families, and their church families. I know my 67 brothers are always just a phone call away when I need counsel, encouragement, or help. My 67 brothers understand the unique dynamics of leading a local church in a way that most of my friends, family, and professional peers do not. They are the men to whom I turn when I need to share my heart with trusted confidants who are not connected to or biased by my church family. I love my 67 brothers, and I hope I am to them a shadow of the blessing they are to me.