You are not alone! The isolation of being a lone ranger in ministry is not healthy. In the Eastern District, pastoral care through pastor clusters is a high priority.

Here are the ten top values I observe that pastors receive from being in a pastor cluster:


  1. Fellow pastors who understand the stresses of being a pastor better than anyone else.
  2. A safe place to unload burdens outside the immediate circles of family, staff or elders.
  3. A prayer group who will actually pray for and ask about what is shared.
  4. Friends with whom to laugh and cry.
  5. Wisdom in many counselors.
  6. Accountability that will not threaten your employment.
  7. Support for your spouse. Pastors’ wives connect separately from the pastors.
  8. Pulpit exchanges, preaching and ministry ideas, even everyone in the cluster deciding to preach through the same topic for a season.
  9. Sharing of pertinent training, book reviews and resources.
  10. Connection with the EFCA through updates on what is happening around the district and through the National Office.

Bonus Point: Coffee!

We believe that healthy pastors and pastoral families foster healthy churches, who then are more able to multiply healthy, transformational churches. We have reorganized and are strengthening the role of the Eastern District pastor clusters.

Every district church is part of a cluster. Each cluster is under the direction of either Eddie Cole, Peter Johnson or Jack Kroeze. More importantly, each cluster also has a pastor leader who will be trained and mentored to provide more hands-on, close-by leadership for each cluster group. Jessica Cole, Karen Johnson and Eva Kroeze are also giving direction to connection and care for the pastors’ wives in each cluster.

Actively participating in a cluster will help your ongoing growth in character, competence, and community as you journey together with other pastors in fulfilling the Great Commission.  Join in your cluster to encourage and support one another in a way that enables each pastor to finish well in life and ministry. We truly are better together.

All pastors are invited to participate in their Pastor Cluster. Don’t know which Pastor Cluster you’re in? Email!


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Peter Johnson

Senior Pastor at Hanoverdale Church
Peter has served as an associate pastor in NH and at Montvale Evangelical Free Church in Montvale, NJ. For nearly ten years he served as senior pastor of Northern Valley Evangelical Free Church in Cresskill, NJ before joining the Eastern District staff from 2007-2017. He is now Senior Pastor of Hanoverdale Church. Peter and Karen make their home in Hershey, PA, where Pete enjoys painting (art, not houses), gardening, and talking to his neighbors across the fence.

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