Clergy Care

The life of a pastor can be exhilarating, filled with the rewards of ministering to others. But sadly, sometimes a pastor or their family don’t know where to turn when they have a struggle of their own.

    • Depression
    • Lack of support
    • Vicious, unwarranted attack
    • Sexual addiction
    • Trying to survive in a goldfish bowl

Clergy Care recognizes the unique needs of ministerial leaders and their families.

We contract with professional counsellors around Ontario who have specific training and experience to be able to understand and address those needs. Clergy Care also provides professional development {link to upcoming conference info; previous conference info} opportunities for pastors and for those who work with them.

Clergy Care is open to pastors and their families from any denomination and background.

Are you a pastor or a member of a pastor’s family? Do you have an issue or concern about your life that you would like to explore with a professional Christian counsellor experienced in working with pastors and their families?

Call us TOLL FREE to get linked: 1.866.347.0041 Strict confidentiality is assured.

A 2003 study by the Centre for Clergy Care at the University of Toronto reported twice the levels of depression among clergy compared with the general population. Dr. Robert McAllister indicated as early as 1965 that ministers were the one career group who could never step outside their professional definition and identity. Concerned about these matters, in December 2009, Shalem accepted an invitation from EMERGE Ministries Canada to take on their counselling program designed specifically to meet the needs of pastors and their families.

TOLL FREE 1.866.347.0041

Marg Smit Vandezande, MSW, RSW
Program Director
[email protected]

Clergy Care is guided by an inter-denominational Steering Group. We are grateful for the ongoing partnership of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada Eastern Ontario District in this vital ministry.