Who we are:
Rev. Mitch A. Schultz (MA in Biblical Counseling)
Mitch A. Schultz has served for nearly thirty years as a pastor with the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). He grew up in Indonesia where his parents worked as missionaries. He has lived and worked in England and in four states in America. He and his wife, Elaine, have three children and currently live in North Carolina. Mitch is a licensed pilot and especially loves flying over the Smoky Mountains. He enjoys writing and has three published books, all available in the resource section of FVM website. Mitch and Elaine met at Toccoa Falls College where Mitch received his BA degree in Cross Cultural Ministries. He later received his MA in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Seminary (Newburgh, IN). Mitch is the founder and director of FVM.
Our vision is Bringing Courage and Perspective When Serving Gets Hard . We want:
- To see a revived pastor leading a healthy church.
- To see healthy cross-cultural workers having great impact in their ministry context.
- To see healthy churches so effective that nothing is holding them back from being catalysts to fulfilling the Great Commission. After all, God has chosen to do what He is doing through this organism we call the Local Church.
- This vision, however, is bigger than just seeing spiritual leaders become healthy again. Yes, we want to see discouraged pastors reclaim their passion for preaching, leading and serving. Yes, we long to see cross-cultural workers in crisis restored and renewed. Yes, we want to see all of them experience a healthy marriage. Yes, we want to witness healing where there has been loss; ultimately, we want this so spiritually healthy leaders and churches will be heavily engaged in the mission of giving every man, woman and child repeated opportunities to hear and receive the gospel of Jesus.
- Preparing ministry leaders for the challenges of ministry
- We long to see servants of Jesus prepared with the proper tools and the right perspective to handle the regular daily pressures of ministry.
- Helping ministry leaders who encounter the pitfalls of ministry
- Like Joseph, the pastor and Christian worker can discover what it means to be confident, even when they find themselves in the “pits” of ministry. Often, the tough circumstances will not change, but the servant is given new passion to serve Jesus where he is and out of what he has gone through.
- Supporting pastoral families through personal and ministry crisis
- There is nothing more wonderful than to see someone experience loss and not be defeated by it. Instead, God uses the loss to make them even more productive. Their vines are growing healthily and spreading blessings to everyone they touch.