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WHO WE ARE

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.

THE TRADITIONAL MINISTRY CYCLE

 

CALL TO MINISTRY

A passion to serve God is kindled.

LIMITS ARE PUSHED

Ministers self-sacrifice and are overcommitted daily, often feeling pressured to perform.

BURN OUT

Stress, unrealistic expectations and the inability to say no.

TEMPORARY ESCAPE FOR ‘REST’

Sabbaticals, weekends, retreats for short-lived rejuvenation. Cycle repeats.

WHY DAY 7

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.

 

PHYSICAL

EMOTIONAL

SPIRITUAL

 

 

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.

Day 7 Fills a Need

Rooted in research and experience, the specific barriers to true replenishment are:

  1. Affordability: ministers either do not have the funds or feel a sense of guilt when expending resources on themselves or their family
  2. Accessibility: ministers either do not know what they need, where to find what they need outside of the church or feel they should portray perfection so do not seek help