We are pulling out of our driveway to go to our son’s first Championship Baseball game. He is the starting pitcher today, and then it happens. My phone rings and it is the church secretary. Pastor, the bathroom toilet has overflowed and the sanctuary is flooding. Now I get a text from the head deacon, I am on the way to the hospital. My wife is going into labor and she is hemorrhaging.
The phone rings again……My wife looks at me and says. “Can’t you just ignore that phone long enough to watch your son’s game! We have a life too!”
Does any of this sound familiar? As a pastor the multiple directions of life that pull on us are impossible to imagine, unless you are a pastor.
The “Call” of a shepherd is a great responsibility and the gift of a wife and children is a wonderful blessing. They each demand our time and attention. The only way to have the wisdom, strength and sensitivity do all well is by the “Hand of God” on our life.
As Pastors it is critical that we surround ourselves with men(pastors) who completely understand this and are willing to go to the throne of God with us and for us. Having men of God who we can trust standing with us is invaluable and standing up for our fellow brothers is just as important! As a pastor, it is very easy to find ourselves standing all alone when church and family collide. This is why we have developed the Champions Table also called the “Pastor’s Prayer Fortress”. It truly is a fortress of prayer.
The Champions Table becomes your prayer fortress, four men standing together when everyone else scatters. These four men develop a sacred bond that is unbreakable! This “prayer fortress” is the foundation of the Champions Table.
Some may still say, I am a Pastor, why do I need a “prayer fortress”? I am constantly being asked to pray about every kind of issue imaginable. Every single day someone has a new crisis that needs immediate attention and prayer. Prayer is a way of life for me. I get up out of bed praying for people and I go to bed praying for people. I pray for our country and for Israel, I pray for my wife and children, I pray for revival and a mighty move of God, for the hurting, I pray for the widows and orphans, the homeless and hungry too.
Again, some will respond, “Pastor’s Fortress”, I feel like I live in a fortress? Well, that is the point. The walls of “aloneness” can grow thicker and thicker when a man stands alone. That is why Jesus himself gave us the model to follow! Men like us linking arms with us and “praying with us and for us”, mighty men of God who love us and we are safe with! Now this is what every Pastor needs!
The Champions Table “Frees” us and breathes life and vitality into us. We never feel alone again. Start your Champions Table today and feel the relief that comes from your “Pastors Fortress of Prayer”.
Now watch this short video and see for yourself:
Paul is the Founder and CEO of All Pro Pastors International, a ministry that encourages and challenges Pastors to join together as Kingdom Brothers to develop trust, accountability and unity. It is a ministry that strengthens Pastors marriages, families, and ministries by establishing “Champions Table’s”. The “Champions Table” is a safe place where Pastors can meet together and develop genuine relationships. The Champions Table is a pastors “Prayer Fortress”!
Pastor Paul Pickern is married to his wife Linda. They have 5 children (Tony, Stephanie, Dale, Seth, Schyler) and 12 grand children. Their home is in Plant City, Florida between Tampa and Orlando. Paul was born in Belleville, Illinois and Linda was born in Charleston, West Virginia.