Resources for Pastors


  • Emotional/Spiritual Health

    RECOMMENDED CARE PRACTICES FOR PASTORS - In addition to a pastor’s personal spiritual disciplines, we offer this model as practices to consider for Pacific Open Bible churches


    STONE PILE COTTAGE - A place of refuge for credentialed ministers of Open Bible. We have provided this Tiny House as a getaway in Eugene, OR for those who need a little break. 


    Why You Shouldn't Quit the Ministry Right Now Even Though You Feel Like it - by Carey Nieuwhof.  2020 has been tough, but Carey Nieuwhof gives some counsel about the reasons not to give up, and ends the article with three ways to stay encouraged. 

  • Helful Websites

    Andy Stanley Resource Library - free resources on many issues such as organizational and personal leadership, vision, relationships, faith & culture, etc.

     iDisciple - Church resources, articles, videos, sermons from leaders such as Andy Stanley, Ravi Zacharias, Tony Evans, Louie Giglio. Accounts are free for pastors.

     Life Church Resources - Leadership Training from Craig Groeschel as well as unlimited access to 50,000 resources like sermons, graphics, transcripts, kids lessons, worship songs, videos, and the entire two-year Bible App for Kids Curriculum package.

     Preach2Engage - Free monthly sermon outlines with full media elements.

     The Arda (Association of Religious Data Archives): At your fingertips, a wealth of demographic information about church affiliation and more in your city.

    American Values Atlas - Excellent Demographics information

  • Care4Pastors

    Resources, Sermons, Articles and a free Pastoral Care Line staffed with professional, trained counselors - all designed to support pastors and their families. Click the Icon to access the website.

  • applying for ministry credentials

    If you are sensing the call to ministry and you would like to become a part of the Open Bible family, here are the steps to becoming credentialed:  (The full process can be found at the Open Bible website HERE)


    1. Click the link below and complete the “Get Acquainted” form

                https://www.openbible.org/connect/credentials/get-acquainted

    2. Once the “Get Acquainted” form has been submitted, you will receive an email with a link to the full application.  You will need the following information to upload with the application:

    • Recent photo
    • Transcripts
    • Chronological Ministry Resume
    • Contact Information for References (email addresses) – references should include your senior pastor, current or former employer, and denominational official if you are/or have been credentialed with another denomination
    • Social Security Number for the beneficiary of the Life Benefit Plan
    • INS documents for you and/or your spouse if either of you were born outside of the United States
    3. Orientation Videos: You will be asked to watch nine videos (each 20 minutes or shorter) followed by a few verification questions

    4. Doctrine Exam: You will receive a link to access the Doctrine Exam.  The purpose of this exam is to verify your doctrinal alignment with Open Bible. The exam consists of 21 multiple choice questions and 8 short answer essay questions over 12 topics.  The Doctrine Exam is required for all applicants.

    5. Interview:  An interview will be scheduled for you with the Credential Committee

    6. Approval Process: If your application, references, exams and interview are favorable, the Pacific Region Board of Directors will recommend the approval of your credential to the National Board of Ordination.