Those Who Minister
It is sometimes
asked, “Who ministers to the needs of those who minister? Where do our
Christian workers go when they are in crisis or have family problems?”
More often than not, many, including Christian workers themselves, have
a difficult time addressing this question. A common answer given is, “I
guess that they just have to trust God.” While trusting God is certainly
a key element in any trying situation, we, the Body of Christ, are
called to minister to one another. Christian workers are also part of
this Body; yet, because they are often in a place of leadership, many
feel that sensitive problems cannot be shared with their fellow
colleagues or with those to whom they minister.
“Barnabas” means “son of encouragement”. Here on the Bay of Plenty on
the sunny eastern coast of the north island of New Zealand, Barnabas
Pacific seeks to be just that: a ministry of encouragement for
vocational Christian workers serving in the Pacific region. As part of
the overall Christian community, it endeavors to work in a complementary
and reciprocal referral relationship with existing pastoral care
ministries in order to enhance the overall effectiveness of care
Barnabas Pacific is especially designed to strengthen the lives and
families of Christian workers. It serves as an interdenominational
support for pastors, missionaries and others in church and parachurch
staff positions who seek a place for renewal, restoration, and recovery.
Barnabas Pacific provides a safe haven of solitude and confidentiality
in which such issues as marital crises, stress, burnout, staff/team
relations, and interpersonal or vocational conflicts may be worked
through while at the same time fostering rest and refreshment.
Therefore, it functions as a preventative for chronic problems whose
occurrence would require long-term treatment or even resignation from
vocational Christian service.
Pacific Counseling Staff
Williams holds the Ph.D. from Florida State University (USA) in Family
Therapy and Family Social Science. and holds the M.A. in Theological
Studies and Interpersonal Relations from Wheaton Graduate School (USA).
Since 1990 Dr. Williams has served in international ministry. He is
married and has two children.