As a Pastor or Christian leader, you are vulnerable to fatigue, burnout, and discouragement. Refocusing your calling (vertical, horizontal, practical) is a monumental step toward recovery. Many have found a skilled mentor to be very instrumental in this process of refocusing.

My journey from confusion to clarity to calling (2:41)…

John and Julie Studebaker of Bridge Ministries, Inc.


Are you looking for a confidential coach who can provide clarity in a season of confusion, burnout, testing, or transition? We would love to connect.


A Recent Barna Survey found that 42% of Pastors in the USA have considered quitting full-time ministry within the past year. Reasons listed included stress (56%), loneliness (43%), cultural issues (34%) and the toll of ministry on their families (29%).

Bridge Ministries is committed to helping Pastors and Missionaries:

  • REFOCUS their Calling … through COACHING
  • REVITALIZE their Heart … at the OASIS
  • RENEW their Mind … through KLESIS
John and Julie Studebaker of Bridge Ministries, Inc.


My time at BMI Oasis was both restful and challenging. My surroundings were beautiful and very comfortable, but the Lifebridge process facilitated by John was like giving birth. . . hard work but with a joyous outcome! I would recommend it highly to anyone wrestling with God and with themselves!

Rev. Jerry Kissling

In October 2013 I spent time with life coach Dr. John Studebaker at the BMI Oasis. The truths I discovered about myself have become essential for my life and ministry. Dr. Studebaker understands the enormous significance of holy calling as well as the importance of practical, Spirit-led, step-by-step processes for truly living out that calling in one’s personal life, relationships, and ministry. He will enable you to identify core truths about yourself that should guide your critical vocational and personal decisions. 

Rev. Bill Johnson

BMI Oasis lives up to its name … ministry can sometime feel dry and parched, and a time of ‘Oasis’ can be so refreshing and life-giving. The combination of tranquility and ‘structured spiritual foundation focus time’ truly brought a renewed zeal for God’s kingdom. I also enjoyed time with John as he artfully facilitated and guided my wife and I through our Life Mission statements. He is gifted at getting right to the heart of each topic by asking great questions.

Pastor Ben Crouse

By unplugging, praying, and walking with John though the process I was able to see how the eternal truths of Scripture could help guide me. As we talked and prayed, God helped apply these truths I had buried in busyness to come to the surface and provide direction.

Pastor Casey Arnouts

John was accommodating and attentive, tailoring the workshop to my individual situation but gently insisting that I trust the process. His expertise taught me the discipline of restructuring my life (personal, relational, and vocational) and then reassembling the pieces into a purpose, mission, and plan.

Pastor David Bucholtz (June 2018)

This is a great retreat. I was able to meet intimately with God and experience deep refreshment. The Coaching with Dr. Studebaker is life-changing. Take advantage of this resource!

Charles Goggans

John and Julie are outstanding and accommodating hosts. Their home is inviting and spacious. The food was fantastic and timely. Very reasonable pricing. Our morning walk through the woods behind the house was just what we needed.

Rev. Lon Bouma

On her time at the Oasis: “Time with the Spirit of God to refocus, process struggles and gain vision are vital for anyone in any ministry capacity. The Oasis provided a relaxing setting and an incredibly helpful structure this week for God to do His work in my heart.” On LifeBridge Coaching: “I really appreciated John’s life-coaching, structural approach combined with encouragement to be guided by God’s Spirit in our decisions and boundaries.

Jess Crouse

What a wonderful blessing you were for our family! We had four generations together, and it was so precious to be in such a serene place of healing and peace. We felt welcomed and loved from the moment we drove up. And the bonfire on the island was a special treat! We were all able to relax, read, pray, play, and re-cooperate from a very difficult time in our family history. Each of us was able to ‘unwind’ and settle in our hearts new direction, resolve, and healing.

Pastor Phil and Anna Drebyshire

I encountered Bridge Ministries at a time in my life and career when I felt as though I was simply drifting. My sense of call and all my personal ambitions and heart desires did not seem to be fitting together in a way that made sense to me. I felt confused about the present and very unsure about the future. John Studebaker gave me personal attention and coaching through the LifeBridge process. He helped clear away all the clutter and begin to see more clearly. As we worked carefully through the details of my history and the contents of my heart, we were able to identify my sense of purpose, calling, and mission in ways I had never been able to articulate before. I wholeheartedly recommend Bridge Ministries to you and your congregation. John has the expertise, experience, and passion to help you and your church become what God has called you to be.

Pastor Kevin Clouse

The LifeBridge Coaching program was invaluable. It helped me see the value in knowing my God-given purpose, which drives everything else I do. Without purpose there is a void, a futility in every other effort in which I engage.

Brenda White (Counseling Ministry) (August 2020)