Pass On is a non-profit ministry founded by Craig Walker to serve pastors.
Craig has been a pastor for thirty-four years and served as a church-planting pastor for the last twenty-one. During his time in ministry, Craig has been a learner of what it takes to lead a church to health and solid growth.
After handing off his last church plant to the pastoral team he personally trained, Craig prepared for his next phase of ministry fully expecting he would plant another church. However, after listening to the counsel of his wife and staff, he formed Pass On.
“Initially, leveraging my experience and training to coach pastors was the logical next step, but after learning the condition of the church, serving other pastors became my passion.”
Every Sunday, 10–15% of churches are at risk of closing their doors for the last time. Annually, 8,000 to 10,000 churches close their doors for good. 70% of all churches are plateaued or in decline, leaving only 10–15% of churches that are healthy and growing.
“What these statistics mean is that when your children and my children leave the nest and go out on their own, they only have a 10–15% chance of finding a healthy church! That means that every time an unchurched person decides to try out church, they have an 85–90% chance of visiting a dying or dead church. When they do they don’t just think the church is irrelevant, they think God is irrelevant. And that is unacceptable!”
Our leaders’ harsh words and “joking” comments regularly cut people like razor blades. Craig Walker came and met privately with each leader for 30 minutes and asked a set of questions to determine the health of our staff. His assessment uncovered the issues that were killing our effectiveness and gave me the opportunity to address them. We are a much better team because of Craig’s consulting. I have known Craig for over 30 years and recommend him wholeheartedly.Kenny Lewis
Helping people find and follow Jesus Christ
Equipping Pastors to win at their calling
Pass on what you heard from me… to reliable leaders who are competent to teach others. (2 Timothy 2:2 MSG)
Pass On began with the vision of helping more and more people find and follow Jesus Christ. The best way to fulfill that goal is help pastors win at their calling.
1. GOD FIRST
- We make it our ambition to seek not a ministry, but God. Success is not guaranteed to the ambitious or clever, but to the surrendered.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (Matthew 6:33 NLT)
- We are building the church; therefore, we will build on the foundation of godliness. Godly leaders produce godly followers.
- Never compromise your relationship with your heavenly Father for a moment of glory and make each decision as though you are working for the Lord himself.
- Start each day with a fresh encounter with God by spending time alone with God in his word and prayer. Remain attentive to his Spirit throughout the day.
2. HUMBLY CONFIDENT
- We expect to find ways to win. If Christ is committed to his church, we should expect him to be committed to us. Therefore, we believe we can help every HUNGRY leader fulfill his calling.
Go and make disciples… And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20 NLT)
- Failing to believe God is the single greatest mistake a leader can make. It was the nation of Israel who had God’s guarantee of taking the Promised Land; however, they lacked confidence in God and forfeited their future of living peacefully in a land flowing with milk and honey.
- Never let confidence give way to, or come off as, pride and arrogance. We do our best, understanding we are not always right, and when a decision is made that is not in line with our recommendation we don’t take it personally.
- When we succeed we graciously accept appreciation, but quickly deflect the praise to God and those who did the work.
3. PASSIONATE ABOUT RESULTS
- We work hard to maximize every situation and to take ourselves and those we serve to the next level.
Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty! (Proverbs 14:23 NLT)
- We don’t confuse busyness with hard work.
- Results are the outcome of believing God and working diligently to do everything he has told us to do, with the understand that God’s results do not require us to sacrifice our faith, our family, or our health.
4. OPEN AND HONEST
- We work with churches and church leaders who are stuck. It is our responsibility to discover and communicate real solutions with truth and compassion.
Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. (Proverbs 27:6 NLT)
- We can all make improvements if we are apprised of our strengths and shortcomings.
- Be clear and honest, yet sensitive and supportive. Avoid talking down to others. Seek to communicate with the proper balance of confidence and respect.
- We bring years of experience, but we don’t rely solely on our knowledge and experience.
Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge. (Proverbs 18:15 NLT)
- We ask the right questions; engage in efficient and unrestricted debate, and we listen carefully to all arguments.
- With the collective wisdom of the local church leaders we develop a plan that will break growth barriers and launch the church on a journey of fulfilling its mission and goals.