This is the contact page for Mainline Christian Ministries. It has a form that will capture your information and send it via email to our administrators.
Reasons to contact us
First, if you need help finding a local church or someone to help with a problem where you are, please let us know.
Second, if this is an emergency, please call 9-1-1. If you are contemplating suicide, please call 1-800-273-8255 for the https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Third, you can send us prayer requests. The only thing we don’t accept is spam.
If this website has blessed you, please contact us to let us know.
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Reasons to contact a local church
Many locations have food banks. Most churches keep a pantry to help people with food. If you need something, reach out and ask a local church. Churches have changed a lot. Many run addiction counseling as well as other services.
Some churches can help with small financial problems as well. Not all churches can. Churches have expenses. It’s not all fat cat preachers and their salaries either. Many churches struggle with heavy insurance payments, mortgages, utilities and a host of other things. I’m not trying to make excuses for extravagant living, just that not all churches are into such extravagant lifestyles, and the only way to get help is to reach out and ask.
For pastors and their families
This article is important to anyone in ministry. (The link is on the importance of reciprocal relationships.) If you want to help others, you can burn out if you begin to feel like there is no return. You may not get return from the people you help, but you must get it somewhere. This is part of the reason it is important to work as a team. The church family is supposed to be your support. You may go out and counsel and feed the hurting and lost, but the hurting and lost may be incapable of meeting your needs in response. This is not a judgment against them, but make sure if you are feeding others that you yourself are also fed.
Some people have trouble with the concept of reciprocity in ministry. It is very much a biblical concept. The most basic idea is that you will reap what you sow. You should get something out of it, whether that is emotional support, camaraderie, or living expenses.
Jesus said, in Matthew 10:11 And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. 12 As you enter the house, greet it. 13 And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 15 Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.
Granting peace and removing it, shaking the dust off the feet as we leave – those are reciprocal concepts.
Counseling if you need it
I’ve known many pastors who struggled to help others without being sure where their own needs would be met. If you are a pastor who is struggling this way, I’d love to talk with you and try to provide encouragement. I’m not a trained counselor. I’m simply someone who has been there.
Most pastors are lonely people. They care for their congregation and then don’t know who they can talk to locally.
Unaffiliated with any of these links
Emerge counseling may be able to help if you need someone professional.
Care for Pastors is another good organization that is specifically for pastors and their families. Pastors wives are sometimes the most isolated of people. They see everything and can say little. As much as they love their congregation, and the families within the congregation, they struggle to maintain their own identity.