Pastor Training By CMI & David Smith, Senior Pastor of Fairhaven Church

Chances are, you or someone you know has suffered the sting of a fallen ministry leader. The effects are profound. If you’ve experienced it, you know. Trust evaporates. And wounds last for years.

What causes the collapse of a lead pastor? Can we be proactive and preventative, rather than reactive?

Last month, CMI hosted an equipping event in Quito, Ecuador, to help Encounter with God pastors and leaders wrestle with these questions.


“Lead pastors are the tip of the arrow,” says David Smith, senior pastor of Fairhaven Church. David leads a congregation of 6,000 people in Dayton, OH. And the church he serves is a longtime partner with CMI and our work in Ecuador.

With seasoned wisdom, David shared the challenge all lead pastors face…

Lead pastors are the tip of the arrow. The tip takes the biggest impact when it hits the target. And being the tip is a lonely position.

Loneliness. It’s a struggle with no borders or language barriers. It’s as likely for pastors in your backyard as it is in Ecuador. As David taught, he put words to what many leaders were feeling.

In the face of ministry demands, pastors often neglect their own growth for the sake of others. Lonely pastors can slip into temptation, slink into depression, and suffer exhaustion. The core of David’s training rang true…

Leaders lead themselves first.

The workshop concluded with practical application. David invited God to shape four areas of character in the lives of leaders: emotions, intellect, relationships, and talents.


At the end of Paul’s final missionary journey, he returned to the church he helped plant in Ephesus. He leaves these parting words to the church leaders before departing…

Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. —Acts 20:28

Partnering with CMI provides care for the pastors who care for the lives of so many in Latin cities. It’s the final prong of CMI’s three-fold vision to Ignite, Unite, and Equip. Your support makes it possible.