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The POP vision was officially launched by TOPIC SA in 2008.  A consultation brought together more than 110 leaders from 10 countries of the Southern Africa region.  The network was born as POPnet.

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POPnet

Leaders are building relationships, giving and receiving care, and are gaining health!
 
 

About Us

Pastoral leaders are no doubt responsible to extend pastoral care to many people in their congregations and communities.  But what happens when pastoral leaders are in need of care themselves?  When they are facing a difficulty, where do they turn for help?

Informal surveys of hundreds of pastoral leaders across Southern Africa suggest that, at best, 4% of pastoral leaders receive some form of pastoral care.  Many receive ‘ministerial supervision,’ but few receive care.

Pastoring of Pastors (POP) is a biblical proposal that puts an end to the isolation and loneliness of pastoral leaders and their spouses.  

Through the efforts of different ministries, leaders and spouses form small groups – somewhat like cell groups found within a local congregation – where healthy relationships are built with other leaders and spouses.  Groups provide safe, informal environments in which relationships are established, commitment is formed, care is extended and health is developed.  Groups foster biblical application, advice and counseling, spiritual covering and the holistic development of lives and ministries.

To learn more about POP efforts facilitated by ACTOS Ministry, click here

To learn more about POP efforts facilitated by Something’s Gotta Change, click here

Initiatives for implementing POP in Brazil started in 1992.  Today, there are thousands of pastoral couples experiencing health in their relationships through a Pastoring of Pastors Network in that nation.

One of those pastoral leaders, Josenildo Müller da Silva (“Müller”), together with his wife Liz, moved to Africa’s Cape Verde islands as missionaries in 1998.  Among other initiatives, they began an informal small group of POP for their own needs.  When they later relocated to minister in South Africa, they began a similar process.  Müller joined the Board of Directors of TOPIC SA, and the Board decided that the launching of a Southern Africa Pastoring of Pastors Network would be a main TOPIC focus.

The POP vision was officially launched by TOPIC SA in 2008.  A consultation brought together more than 110 leaders from 10 countries of the Southern Africa region.  The network was born as POPnet.

POPnet is an acronym for Pastoring of Pastors Network.  It is not a formal organization – it has no offices, positions, titles or measurable resources.  Rather, it is an interdenominational and informal coalition of committed servants of God that are gaining health through POP.  These servants and ministries collaborate on specific initiatives for envisioning, encouraging and facilitating opportunities for pastoral leaders – for leaders to develop healthy relationships with others wherein mutual pastoral care is exchanged.

POPnet exists to help pastoral leaders through tools, networks, facilitation, training and consultation.  When you are part of a POP group in your community, you are invited to be a part of the POP network.

POPnet is designed so pastoral leaders can be both ‘contributors’ and ‘recipients’ – you can be a blessing to another leader, and can be blessed yourself!