We are veteran Navigators who continue to use our gifting and experiences to multiply generations of disciples in a variety of settings.
The Navigators Encore Mission is ideal for staff who are not ready to retire, but may be ready to slow down a bit or have more freedom to minister according to their gifting and passion.
Encore staff pass on a life-changing insight from their life or ministry.
Pastoring is one of the hardest jobs on planet Earth if it is done biblically. Staff, I encourage you be a mentor to some faithful leaders in the church you attend.
I meet with several pastors weekly and listen to them, love on them, and walk in the trenches with them as they shepherd their flocks. What a joy to embrace them in their call, encourage them and, yes, pick them up off the floor at times. The Lord loves His shepherds and wants us to invest in them as they invest in us. As it goes with our pastors, so it goes with our churches.
You could well be your pastor’s answer to prayer for someone to share with. As Navigators, we have training that so many in our churches do not have. Recently a pastor told me that he so appreciates my soul care. He said no one else does it in the manner I do. All glory to God!
Many pastors are well trained in academics and homiletics but not so well trained in building saints into soldiers. That is best done in small teams and one on one. That is our strength. Come alongside your pastor and listen, pray for and with him, and offer to walk with him for a season, not just now and then.
Denny Holbert has served on Collegiate staff, as a pastor for more than 30 years, and with Navigator Church Ministries. He loves his current assignment with Encore in Corvallis, Oregon.