Founded in 2015 by Peter Ferguson (ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and third generation minister), Day 7
was established around his story as a struggling minister. Because of the pressures of being in a position of service to
others coupled with the inability to find a place to feel safe and tell the truth, Peter found himself in a space where he
sacrificed his needs and those of his family in order to survive. Day 7 is a natural product of Peter’s own story and the
unfortunate fact that his story is not unique.
Day 7 is built on a very simple truth — we do not have to sacrifice ourselves, our health or our relationship with
our families, it does not have to be a choice, we can be healthy and do ministry.
As an organization, we value: Wholeness, Connection, Health, Growth, Transparency, Communication, Teamwork and
Excellence. We exist to equip ministers and ministry staff with the resources they need to lead healthy, sustainable lives.
A passion to serve God is kindled.
Ministers self-sacrifice and are overcommitted daily, often feeling pressured to perform.
Stress, unrealistic expectations and the inability to say no.
Sabbaticals, weekends, retreats for short-lived rejuvenation. Cycle repeats.
We believe that to truly thrive in life we have to pay attention to all areas of who we are. That is why at Day 7 we focus on
the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual parts of each individual.
When ministers prioritize their well-being and have the support network they also need, they are able to do their jobs better and lead a more sustainable life –prioritizing self-care eliminates burnout, increases effectiveness and deepens their commitment to their work.
Day 7 provides the resources to ministers and ministry staff so that they are equipped to not just survive, but thrive in their roles. We prioritize the holistic healthof who they are and offer an integrative approach to focusing on their own care and well-being so that they are operating from a place of wholeness.
Rooted in research and experience, the specific barriers to true replenishment are: