Help is One Click Away

People often ask us how we find the pastors we serve. Sometimes it all comes down to one click. Such was the case with a couple who clicked the “Receive Guidance” tab on They’d been shuffled to four different churches in seven years by their denomination. They were worn out and wounded. Sensing God calling them to heal … Read more

Hope Does Not Disappoint

Some of our Standing Stone shepherds have taught at seminaries around the US.  Today’s story comes from a team members who has also served as a professor, training future pastors and other ministry leaders. A former seminary student of mine recently planted a church in the Midwest.  I’ve been shepherding this young man for three … Read more

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Our husband-and-wife shepherding teams are an amazing part of Standing Stone.  We love seeing how dynamic duos are influencing ministry leaders for Jesus around the world.  Here’s a story from one of the couples who care for leaders in God’s Kingdom as Standing Stone shepherds: “In the spring, we were invited to lead a 3-day … Read more

God’s Heart for Japan

Today’s story comes from one of our shepherds who has been invited to come alongside ministry leaders in Asia. “I’ve been meeting with a missionary who serves in Japan.  He shared with me how he’s recently shifted focus to support other missionaries and Christian workers there.  In the past, he put on conferences to encourage … Read more

Who Cares for the Children’s Ministry Workers at Your Church?

As every parent knows, a thriving children’s ministry is an essential part of any church.  Today’s story comes from one of our female shepherds, who walks alongside Julie** as she serves as the Director of Children’s Ministry at a growing church plant. “The Western US Director for Standing Stone referred Julie to me, and I’m … Read more

Equipped for Every Good Work

Almost sixty Standing Stone shepherds gathered in Nashville last weekend for training, worship, and fellowship. Thanks to the generosity of Standing Stone supporters and former board members, Kyle and Alissa Circle, our team enjoyed two days of team building at a beautiful Tennessee farmhouse. Standing Stone’s Eastern US Director, Shaun Dean, planned an outstanding program … Read more

Impact in India

Today we’re celebrating God’s amazing work through Standing Stone shepherds in India, where—despite ongoing persecution under an anti-Christian government—pastors and their wives received training, encouragement, and an opportunity to reset. My wife and I had a retreat scheduled, but four days of continuous, heavy rains had forced several small villages to be evacuated and local … Read more

Like Coming Up for Fresh Air

Today’s story comes from a husband-wife team of Standing Stone shepherds who minister in Europe.  God is doing great things around the globe! **Names and minor details have been changed to ensure complete confidentiality My husband met Robert** at a leadership luncheon.  He was serving at the church hosting the event, and my husband felt … Read more

Shepherding in Zambia

Standing Stone shepherd Joel Rissinger serves in the US and abroad.  Today’s story comes from the front lines of Joel’s work with ministry leaders in Africa. A pastor friend of mine had been involved with ministry in Africa for about 25 years.  He had repeatedly invited me to travel with him and speak, but it … Read more

Pastors in Training

For some time now, I’ve been meeting with a young man enrolled in a pastoral internship program through his local church.  He heard about Standing Stone from a fellow ministry leader who told him, “If you’re not meeting with a Standing Stone shepherd, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity.” (I should hire that guy … Read more