Ministry Support Program

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What is a Ministry Support Program?

MSP is a ministry staff benefit that offers confidential support to ministry leaders and administrators dealing with personal or ministry-related challenges that impact their well-being, job performance, or mental health.

Why a Ministry Support Program (MSP) Is Crucial


Ministry staff often carry the emotional and spiritual burdens of their congregation.

  • They provide guidance, counsel, and support to others, which can affect their well-being.
  • MSP can help leaders process their emotions, prevent burnout, and maintain their spiritual health.

Horizons MindHarbor Counseling is your partner for equipping your leadership team emotionally and psychologically.

Who Would Benefit?


Senior Pastor: Historically a potentially lonely position, few understand, and even fewer can empathize.

Worship Pastor: Expected to lead the people into worship regardless of the stressors that the week presented.

Youth Pastor: Whether dealing with demanding parents, crying children, or bossy teenagers, the youth pastor constantly needs to have his finger on the pulse.

Directors: Those who are expected to be the “go-to” person. Great problem solvers, creative specialists, and middle management. Master multi-tasker’s minds can check out long before their body gets the notice.

Administrative Support: The Ministry is a business and balancing the organization’s business aspects requires finesse.

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Stress and Burnout Prevention

Emotional Release: Ministry staff are expected to be strong pillars of support, but they, too, have moments of vulnerability. MSP provides a confidential and safe space for them to express their emotions, fears, and frustrations. Sharing these burdens can provide immense relief and reduce the emotional strain they carry.

Coping Strategies: MSP equips ministry staff with effective coping strategies to manage the stress inherent in their roles. It offers tools for self-care, stress reduction, and emotional regulation, empowering them to navigate challenges more effectively.

Burnout Recognition: Through MSP, ministry staff can learn to recognize the signs of burnout early on. This self-awareness allows them to take proactive steps to address burnout before it becomes debilitating.


Self-care is a crucial aspect of emotional health and well-being for ministry staff. Self-care promotes:

Stress Reduction: Self-care techniques learned in counseling, such as mindfulness, relaxation exercises, and time management strategies, equip ministry staff with tools to manage stress. Regular self-care routines can significantly reduce stress levels and promote mental and emotional well-being.

Enhancing Emotional Resilience: Self-care fosters emotional resilience by helping ministry staff process and cope with the emotional challenges of their roles. It provides them with healthy outlets for emotions, reducing the risk of emotional exhaustion.

Modeling Healthy Behavior: When ministry staff prioritizes self-care, they set a positive example for their congregation. Demonstrating self-care practices can inspire others to prioritize their own well-being and reduce the stigma around seeking help for mental health concerns.

Conflict Resolution

Ministry staff often encounter interpersonal conflicts within their leadership team. MSP equips your staff with conflict resolution skills, helping them navigate these challenges more effectively and maintain healthy relationships within your team. As they learn these strategies, they will become better vessels to meet the community’s needs.

MSP helps ministry staff improve their communication skills. They learn to listen actively, express themselves clearly, and empathetically understand the perspectives of others. Effective communication is key to resolving conflicts and preventing misunderstandings.


Preventing Overcommitment: Counseling helps ministry staff establish clear boundaries in their roles, preventing them from overcommitting and taking on more responsibilities than they can handle. This boundary-setting reduces stress and prevents burnout.

Work-Life Balance: Setting boundaries between work and personal life is vital. Counseling assists staff in defining these boundaries, ensuring they have time for their families, personal interests, and self-care. This balance contributes to their overall well-being.

Respecting Personal Space: Healthy boundaries include personal space and emotional boundaries. Counseling helps ministry staff identify and communicate their boundaries effectively, ensuring they feel respected and maintaining their mental health.

Leadership Coaching

Performance Improvement: When executives encounter challenges or performance issues, coaching can help them identify barriers to success and develop strategies to overcome them. Coaches may use assessments, feedback, and goal-setting techniques to support executives in improving their performance and achieving their professional objectives.

Managing Stress: Unbridled stress is destructive. There are times when the best option is learning how to breathe. The ability to recognize and manage stressful situations is crucial. A solid coach will help you identify stressors and apply proven techniques that lower the heart rate and cortisol levels.

Work-Life Balance: Executive coaching can address the balance between work and personal life, helping executives manage stress, avoid burnout, and cultivate greater satisfaction and fulfillment both professionally and personally. Coaches may work with individuals to set boundaries, prioritize commitments, and develop strategies for achieving a healthier integration of work and life responsibilities.

Charlotte Harris RN, LPC, NCC

Who is Horizons Mindharbor Counseling?

Charlotte D. Harris, RN, LPC, NCC, has been a Registered Nurse for 25+ years. She has owned and managed Horizons Wellness and Weight Loss for 18 years. As a seasoned sports coach, Charlotte recognizes that building a thriving team extends beyond individual prowess—it hinges on leveraging those skills harmoniously within the collective.

We aim to empower leaders with the resources necessary to guide a community, a city, and entire nations.

Andre T. Harris Sr. MD, MHA is the Medical Director. As an OB/GYN physician with over 20 years of experience in the Dayton area and currently serving as a hospital executive, he is keenly aware of the benefits of staff support, mentorship, and executive coaching.

Horizons MindHarbor is housed in a warm, inviting, and safe

environment. Our staff are top-notch professionals who are empathetic and understand discretion.