"Alone, Never Again" is the rallying cry of pastoral leaders and their spouses who commit themselves to guarding and protecting their heart, souls, and minds through mutual care.
Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood. New International Version, Acts 20:28
The heart of God desires for all of His children - including pastoral leaders and their spouses - to keep watch over themselves.
POPnet was developed with the health of pastors and their spouses in mind. POPnet is the acronym for the Pastoring of Pastors Network which promotes pastoral health – spiritual health, emotional health, and physical health – among individuals and organisations through the facilitation of mutual care among pastoral leaders and their spouses.
POPnet inspires vision and offers practical training to ministry leaders and their spouses to provide peer pastoral care in the context of small groups. It is paramount that POPnet groups are composed of ministry leaders and their spouses. For the pastoral leader and their spouse equally experience the responsibilities and challenges afforded in ministry life. Each group which forms is based upon geographical location, personal connection, mutual interest, and ministry relationship. The focus of each group is to meet together regularly to support, encourage and provide mutual pastoral care. In this way, ministry leaders and their spouses are keeping watch over themselves and each other in an emotionally and spiritually effective way. Trust and intimacy grows among members. In time, greater emotional strength and spiritual endurance is developed to address the joys and challenges of long-term ministry. As they are committed to mutual care, these leaders and their spouses gain new skills and are better equipped to guide their churches and ministries in a spiritually enriching and healthy way.
POPnet groups are meeting throughout the southern African region as ministry leaders and their spouses desire to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and dedicate themselves to developing authentic relationships with one another.