Ministering to Ministers Foundation, Inc.
501 Branchway Road STE 100
Richmond VA 23236
Mission Statement To serve as advocates for clergy and their families in all faith groups who are experiencing personal crises due to deteriorating employment or congregation-clergy relationships.
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Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Charles H. Chandler
Board Chair Rev. Dr. James B. Johnson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Pastor
Contact Information
Address 501 Branchway Road STE 100
Richmond, VA 23236
Telephone 804 594-2556
Fax 804 897-1148
E-mail mtm@mtmfoundation.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1994
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $250,000.00
Projected Expenses $250,000.00
Statements
Mission To serve as advocates for clergy and their families in all faith groups who are experiencing personal crises due to deteriorating employment or congregation-clergy relationships.
Impact

Top accomplishments from 2014:

  • Conducted five Healthy Transitions Wellness Retreats for Ministers and Spouses with 45 participants from 15 states, representing 10 denominations/faith groups.
  • Held new one-day workshop, “Helping Ministers Help One Another.”
  • Held "Christmas Comfort Service - an alternative worship experience" for ministers/their families still healing from the loss of community resulting from church conflict/forced termination.
  • Over 900 ministers/spouses benefit from some aspect of the MTM ministry per year.
  • Volunteer legal team assisted clergy in following ways:
     - Increased severance package
     - Continued health insurance benefits
     - Enabled clergy families to stay in parsonage until end of school           year
  • Prayer Ministry prays for participants and leaders during/following Wellness Retreats.
  • Participated in Amazing Raise

 

Our goals for 2015:

  • Expand donor base by 40% increasing financial support, prayer support, awareness of the ministry, expanding base of those referring ministers to MTM.
  • New position created through grant - Advancement Specialist establish new relationships with denominational leaders and others to advance ministry to a larger base/increase financial support.
  • Increase number of workshops for ministers, enabling them to read signs of conflict leading towards termination, help to be more intentional in establishing safeguards, open communication, help one another.
  • Enlarge network of professional volunteers - recruit psychiatrists, psychologists, pastoral counselors, marriage/family therapists, attorneys, employment professionals, small group facilitators.
  • Utilize social media to educate and create awareness of epidemic of forced termination in order to reach others who need our ministry, and as a means of improving follow-up with the retreat participants as well as those who have benefited from other aspects of MTM ministry.
  • Hold two large fundraising events, one in the spring and one in the fall, in addition to participating in the Amazing Raise in September.

 

Needs

 

  • Funding Support for the cost of the Healthy Transitions Wellness Retreats for Ministers and Spouses in Richmond, VA, July 2014 - $18,000 cash, $15,000 in volunteer professional services. Except for a $75.00 registration fee, each participant is provided a scholarship because most either have no income or have very limited severance pay which will most likely run out before finding a new position.
  • Funding for “Friends for the Journey Network” training - $25,000 for 35-40 people. Though the “Friends” primary work is prior to the minister/spouse getting to a wellness retreat, the “Friend” follows-up with the retreat participant after the retreat to lend support. Costs of the training sessions include the conference facilities, lodging, meals, and travel for all leadership and trainees, as well as MTM cost recovery. The leaders for the training volunteer their time and expertise.
  • Funding support for an additional work station which includes a new computer, software, printer and an IPad. $2,500.
  • Additional volunteers with professional expertise, including attorneys, therapists, employment professionals/coaches, retreat facilitators, those with social media experience, and trainees for the “Friends for the Journey Network” training.

 

Background

The MTM Foundation equips ministers through education to manage and thrive even in church conflict. MTM also reclaims wounded ministers through Healthy Transitions Wellness Retreats for Ministers and Spouses to continue to respond to God’s call into Christian ministry. 

Many of those to whom MTM ministers in the midst of crisis are enabled to resolve situations and either stay in their ministry position or make a healthier transition to their next ministry position. Wounded and burned-out ministers are renewed for greater effectiveness, joy in ministry, and resilience when the going gets tough. A pastor stated: “The wellness retreat has been perhaps the most humanly authentic and spiritually powerful experience of my entire life. It was a life-saving, life-affirming, life-enhancing experience that has helped beyond words.”

The Ministering to Ministers Foundation was created in 1994 by a few ministers who had experienced forced termination along with concerned laypersons who were aware of the effects of these forced terminations on their own faith life and congregational effectiveness. The epidemic of forced terminations affects all size churches, all denominations, and all parts of the theological spectrum. It diminishes the quality and availability of excellent leadership as well as the health of congregations and the communities in which they are located.

Over 1,600 Protestant ministers in the US are forced out of their church ministry position each month – over 19,000 per year. When conflict surfaces, frequently values are thrown out and a mob mentality develops. Some types of church government can alter the process but the end result is the same – the minister is forced out. A recent study by Texas Tech and Virginia Tech Universities show that 28 percent of ministers experience forced termination at least once during their career. It also reveals that 35 percent of forced terminations occur in seven percent of the churches.

As of January 1 2015, MTM has conducted 123 wellness retreats in eleven states with 1218 participants coming from 37 states plus Canada and the Bahamas and representing 39 denominational affiliations.

For every person who participates in a wellness retreat, nine other ministers will benefit from some other aspect of the MTM ministry.

The success of the MTM ministry is at least in part due to the multitude of professionals who have volunteered their time and expertise.

CEO Statement

The MTM Foundation advocates for ministers who are experiencing conflict that often leads to termination and who often suffer in isolation and silence. We try to help level the playing field.

MTM seeks to offer C.A.R.E. (Communication, Advocacy, Reclamation, and Equipping) for ministers/spouses, so that they may grow as they encounter the severe pressures from within churches and from cultural trends. Churches are facing a shortage of healthy leaders due to the impact of forced terminations leading to shorter tenures, higher drop out, and fewer young people going into ministry.

The centerpiece of MTM is the Healthy Transitions Wellness Retreat for Ministers and Spouses. The intense five-day retreat combines three ingredients: small group dynamics, information sessions led by experts in various fields, and group therapy led by a psychiatrist or psychologist.

In addition to the wellness retreats, MTM seeks to provide Christian fellowship to ministers and their families during crises and the healing process that follows through the “Friends for the Journey” Network. The “Friends” are drawn from Wellness Retreat alumni who have healed from their termination experience, along with persons who have worked with ministers during their conflict/termination pilgrimage. Because the “Friend” has walked through a similar valley proves there is life after conflict/termination.

MTM has developed other networks to expand resources beyond those which MTM itself can provide. One consists of certified counselors to whom ministers can be referred when the damage necessitates closer attention to the health of the minister and his or her family. Another network is comprised of attorneys who can offer advice on strategy when ministers are treated unjustly, help them protect their livelihoods and families by coaching them as they negotiate a fair closure agreement, and increase the civility with which ministers and congregations bring their relationship to a closure.

Though some nonprofit organizations and denominations provide limited help for ministers for prevention or recovery from burnout, or provide short term personal or marriage counseling, none focus on being advocates for ministers during church conflict.

Only 54 percent of ministers who experience forced termination go back into a church related ministry position. Over two-thirds of the MTM retreat participants accept another ministry position. We believe that healthy ministers help produce healthy churches, healthy churches help produce healthy communities, and healthy communities help produce healthy societies.

Board Chair Statement

The Ministering to Ministers Foundation (MTM)


The task

Ministers and the congregations they serve often endure unfortunate, painful and even destructive seasons in a relationship meant to be healthy, fruitful, and lasting. Through awareness building, training, and counsel, the Ministering to Ministers Foundation (MTM) attempts to help all the stakeholders not only weather these circumstances, but approach them wisely, compassionately and redemptively.

The problem

Ministers are not covered by unemployment insurance if their employer terminates them. The courts are leery of potential conflicts between church and state and therefore do not enter these matters. While some denominations may be exceptions, there is no real safety net for ministers. Church polity may, in fact, work against speedy transitions for ministers from one church to the next employment opportunity. Therefore, MTM gives a great deal of focus on the special needs and circumstances of ministers and their families.

Our successes

Our consultation ministries are effective in helping ministers and their families make the best of bad situations. Workshops, personal counseling, vocational guidance, professional legal assistance and other resources are brought to bear for ministers and those they love. However, Healthy Transitions Wellness Retreats for Ministers and Spouses have proven especially effective in helping ministers recover from the corrosive effects of conflict, renew their strengths, and return to productive work. More than 1200 ministers and their spouses have benefited from one of our five day retreats held in various parts of the United States and over 10,000 ministers/spouses have benefited from some other aspect of the MTM ministry.

Our challenge

MTM has a stellar reputation and frequently receives calls for help. However, current research suggests that in their professional lifetime, nearly 30 percent of ministers will experience a forced termination or such a toxic environment that they believe their only recourse is to resign. Therefore the need is greater than that which can be currently met. Furthermore, MTM has more calls for help and more demands for retreats than can be currently funded or staffed. Finally, the heavy demands on the service side of the ledger leave little time for any of us to focus on fund raising.

Why I volunteer

Most of us have endured some unhappy transition in our lives, experiences that easily prompt us to care for those supported by MTM. But I am also the beneficiary of the work of MTM and an alumnus of a Wellness Retreat as well. Therefore, I personally commend their work to you and urge you to join me in their support.

Jim Johnson, Chair, MTM Board of Trustees

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
International
MTM has ministered to people from 38 states, plus Canada and the Bahamas. The region where MTM has served the most has been in the state of Virginia, where we are located.
Board Chair
Board Chair Rev. Dr. James B. Johnson
Company Affiliation Pastor
Term Sept 2015 to Sept 2017
Email jim@1bc.org
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr. William J. Irvin
Company Affiliation Irvin Law Firm
Term Sept 2015 to Sept 2017
Email wirvin@irvinlawfirm.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Cynthia O. Barnes Psychologist
Dr. Beverley G. Buston Psychologist
Charles H. Chandler D.Min.MTM Executive Director
Roberta S. Damon Ph.D.Self-employed
Alvin Edwards D.Min.Pastor
Rev. Dr. Dennis W. Foust Pastor
Ted Fuson D.Min.Fuson Coaching, LLC
Ms. Sally Ann Galliher Retired
Edward Harrow M.Div.Middle Peninsula Insurance & Financial Services
Rev. Frederick D. Horn Teacher
Mr. William J. Irvin Irvin Law Firm
Mr. William J. Irvin Irvin Law Firm
Dr. James B. Johnson IIPastor
Ms. Patricia Jones Retired
Tom R. Kinman D.Min.Pastor
Robin Lambert M.Div.Community Volunteer
Lauranett Lee Ph.D.Virginia Historical Society
Mr. Geoffrey R. McDonald Geoff McDonald & Associates, P.C.
J. Robert Moon Heritage Financial LLC
Mr. John M. Moore Business
David A. Myers D.MinDenominational Executive
Mark Nieuwsma M.Div.Pastor
Peggy Sanderford Ponder M.Div.Pastoral Counselor
J. Michael Poole M.Div.Pastor
Mr. John P. Porter Retired
Rev. Dr. G. Bruce Queen Intentional Interim Pastor
Rev. Dr. G. Wade Rowatt Professor
Mr. Robert Bland Weaver Jr.Independent Investment Advisor
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 24
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 18
Female 8
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 46
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Standing Committees
Executive
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Education
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Dr. Charles H. Chandler
Staff
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 45
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Programs
Description

The centerpiece of the MTM ministry is the Healthy Transitions Wellness Retreat for Ministers and Spouses.  The intense five-day retreat combines three ingredients:  small group dynamics, information sessions led by experts in various fields, and group therapy led by a psychiatrist or psychologist.  As of December 1, 2016, MTM has held 133 wellness retreats with 1,295 participants.  They have come from 38 states plus Canada and the Bahamas and represent 40 denominations and faith groups.  Yet for every minister/spouse who participates in a Wellness Retreat, nine others will benefit from some other aspect of the MTM ministry. 45.5% of the retreat cost is covered by in-kind gifts of service by clinicians and retreat leaders, and co-sponsorships.

Population Served Adults
Budget $33,000.00
Short Term Success They understand they are not alone and they do have options; take back control of their lives; recognize need for medical or profession guidance in achieving long-term goals; surrounded by friends, sometimes new friends; better idea of what they want to do next in their career and how to go about it.
Long Term Success If ministers are better prepared to deal with conflict and rejection without taking it so personally, they can be healthier and can help lead their church to be healthier. Healthier churches help produce more young ministers and have much longer tenures and increase retention in ministry.
Description MTM seeks to provide Christian fellowship to ministers and their families during crises and the healing process that follows through the “Friends for the Journey” Network which was launched in 2004.  The “Friends” are drawn from Wellness Retreat alumni who have healed from their forced termination experience, along with other ministers and lay people who have worked with ministers during their conflict and forced termination experience.  The fact that the “Friend” has walked through a similar valley – or has walked with others who have had a similar pilgrimage – and has emerged reasonably healthy emotionally and spiritually, is within itself a comfort.  It proves there is life after church conflict and/or forced termination.
Population Served Adults
Budget $25,000.00
Short Term Success Isolation has been identified as a major obstacle as ministers experience church conflict or forced termination. Having someone who has been there, not only having survived but having grown into a healthier person, as well as developed a healthy approach to ministry, helps the minister know he/she is not alone.
Long Term Success Often those who are recipients of this ministry are healthier people and develop a healthier approach to ministry; many later seek to become a part of this ministry.
Description MTM has developed two other networks to expand resources beyond those which MTM itself can provide.  One of these consists of counselors to whom ministry recipients can be referred when the damage caused by crises necessitates closer attention for the health of the minister and his or her family.  The other network is comprised of attorneys who can offer advice on strategy when ministers are treated unjustly and help them to protect their livelihoods and families by coaching them as they negotiate a fair closure agreement.  The availability of such advice can increase the civility with which ministers and congregations bring their relationship to healthier closure; this benefits both the ministers and the on-going life of the congregation.  These networks are being developed by MTM board members who volunteer their expertise and professional contacts because they have seen the needs of ministers in crises.
Population Served Adults
Description MTM offers a second kind of wellness retreat for a denomination’s ministers and spouses focusing more on prevention of forced terminations in relatively healthy settings. Educating ministers/spouses before a crisis develops has enormous potential for reducing the occurrence and the impact of forced terminations.  MTM continues to develop this retreat as a complement to the ministry offered by the wellness retreats. It is a three to four day retreat. Selected components may be used as a one day workshop or two day retreat. The length of the event determines how many of the components may be utilized.
Population Served Adults
Short Term Success Both ministers and congregations will be aware of the need for intentionality and prevention of dysfunctional tendencies.
Long Term Success This is designed to help ministers and congregations to be more intentional at remaining healthy. Unless there is an intentional plan, most congregations will begin to take on dysfunctional characteristics. They will develop policies and procedures that help them to become healthier and/or remain healthy in their relationship, communication, goals, and evaluation of ministries.
Description

Charles Chandler, D.Min., former pastor in Kentucky, Illinois and Virginia, and founder of MTM, along with Beverley Buston, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist who has years of experience working with congregations and ministers, bring their experience and expertise to help ministers through a one-day workshop. They point to prevention as the best approach for slowing the spiraling problem of church-minister relations tragedies.

Session 1 – We Have a Problem

The Magnitude and Consequences of Church Conflict and Forced Termination

Learn to Read the Early Signs of Church Conflict

Session 2 – You Can Help

How Emotional Intelligence Supports Having an Effective Ministry

Learn to Enhance Your Listening Skills

Session 3 – Take Care of Yourself First

Six Relationships Every Minister Should Develop

Give Attention to Spousal and Family Relationships

The Value of Developing a Life Outside the Church

The workshop includes the results of healthy and unhealthy ministry research as well as practical approaches to ministry that involve healthy support systems, common sense boundaries, honing skills, focusing on becoming a healthier person.

With increasing anxiety in all churches for all sorts of reasons, it is very likely we will see more forced terminations as we move forward into the future. For over 20 years, Ministering to Ministers, under the leadership of Dr. Chandler, has been an invaluable resource for wounded ministers who find themselves in a crisis situation.

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $250,000.00
Projected Expenses $250,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$148,106$124,713$181,138
Administration Expense$17,887$15,081$21,825
Fundraising Expense$18,630$13,723$17,799
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.091.001.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%81%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%9%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$19,957$5,976$6,171
Current Assets$19,957$5,976$6,171
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$9,290$11,905$12,020
Total Net Assets$10,667($5,929)($5,849)
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.150.500.51
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2015View
Comments
Organization Comments The discrepancy between the numbers reported on the P&L statement for 2010 and the 990 are due to the transfer of $71,000.00 from the MTM Endowment Fund to the MTM Foundation that year, which had already been included in income in the year it was given.
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from IRS 990-EZs, with supplemental information provided from year-end financial reports.
  • IRS 990s and year-end reports prepared by Charles H. Chandler, Executive Director.
  • Revenue from "Individuals" includes support from corporations, foundations and congregations.