"Who Shepherds the Shepherds?"
For over 30 years, Phil Christensen served as a vocational Worship Pastor; he knows the often-muddy trenches of ministry. After 16 years in his last position, he resigned to pursue a fresh call on his heart.
Phil observed an extraordinary number of teaching pastors and worship leaders experiencing burnout or moral failure. God lead him to Standing Stone’s Dr. Ken Eichler; Ken challenged him to "shepherd the shepherds" and do this on a faith-supported basis.
Ministry leaders need care. They live in a fish bowl under the weight of spotlights, subwoofers and social media. Those "upfront" people are tasked to draw large, enthusiastic crowds, and usually hundreds of times each year. The expectations are as predictable as the tragic carnage left behind. Perhaps most frustrating, after “the crash,” the majority admit that simply talking and praying with someone safe would have made all the difference. This stuff is preventable.
For six years, Phil wrote a monthly column for Worship Leader Magazine, interviewing hundreds of praise-song writers, worship leaders, Christian artists and pastors. Many of these interviews were extended into two books for Kregal Publications. He’s also served as a Worship Development Missionary, has written for Tom Kraeuter's Training Resources, Rev. Magazine, Christianity Today, CCM, Integrity Music and many on-line sites.
Phil’s been married to Mitzi (The Beauty Queen) for over 40 years; they have four grown children and two perfect grandchildren. Ask him for pictures! Phil's formal training was at Multnomah School of the Bible and he’s pursuing a late-life counseling degree to help him better “shepherd the shepherds.”
"GOD IS GOOD -
THE REST IS DETAILS."
- Phil Christensen