Clergy Care

Crossroads District Clergy Care Team

Purpose:  To provide spiritual, emotional, relational, and physical care, as well as resources for such, to and for the Pastors of the Crossroads District of the Rio Texas Conference of the UMC; to be encouragers to Pastors.

Mission:  To enable the Pastors of our District to be able to provide effective and meaningful pastoral ministry to the people of the District, while staying healthy in all areas of their own lives and the lives of their families.

Fall Resources

"Preaching Workshop for Advent: November 4th
The arrival of fall means a new liturgical year is just around the corner. Dr. Allen, the Lois Craddock Professor of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology, will offer homiletical strategies for preaching from the Gospel of Luke in Advent and Christmas and look ahead toward the rest of the church calendar.

November 4th from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm on Zoom

The workshop will consider both lectionary and sermon series options. This is open to both clergy and any lay person who fills a pulpit.  

$20 per person (this event will be recorded)

To register:

Questions?  Contact Rev. Karen Horan at or Nicole Alabi at

Dr. O. Wesley Allen, Jr., is the Lois Craddock Professor of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. Wes has written and edited over twenty books and specializes in homiletical use of the Synoptic Gospels."


"The Rio Texas Conference Labyrinth is provided for use by local churches to deepen the spiritual lives of local church members and to make disciples for Jesus Christ. The Labyrinth was originally made available by a generous gift from the Program Priority Fund, Southwest Texas Conference, through the Spiritual Formation Team.

The Labyrinth is a sacred symbol found in many faith traditions and many forms around the world. By walking a replica of the labyrinth that was inlaid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France around 1220, we are rediscovering an important tool for prayer and meditation. ... "


Family Systems
"Bowen Family Systems Theory is a way of thinking that translates into a way of being.  The theory understands the family as a single emotional unit made up of interlocking relationships existing over many generations.  Problems do not exist within the individual alone.  They exist in a broader context: the family, the work place, the social network.  But change begins solely within the individual.  Family systems theory affirms that the individual can change behavior if aware of the impact current and historical family behavior has on the definition of his or her choices. 

Bowen Family Systems Theory offers you an opportunity to: 

   • Look at patterns of emotional reactivity in your self and family. 
   • Learn to be more objective when faced with problems. 
   • Take responsibility for yourself in your life. 

 ... "


Retreat option: 
"Pastors and ministers are humans too, and rest is a necessity. However, we realize the weekly operations for those in full-time ministry prevent their bodies and, more importantly, their souls from enjoying divinely ordained rest.

That is why, through the Leadership Care Program, Lamb's Tale Ministries is committed to providing an avenue for pastors to reconnect with God and live out of the heart He gave them.  ... "


Clergy Wellness Program
"The purpose of the Rio Texas Conference Clergy Wellness Program is to offer opportunities for clergy to improve their health in a holistic way, to support them in serving as strong leaders for our congregations and ministries. We are very grateful for the generous support of Methodist Healthcare Ministries toward this end. ... "


     If you have resources that may help your fellow pastors that you want to share, please let us know or email them to the District Office to send to us.  We will rotate the resources displayed.

Crossroads District Clergy Care Team

  • Christline Bistline 
  • Mark Brechin
  • Cathe Evins 
  • Andy Smith 
  • Carl Westbrook
  • Kelli Williamson
  • Zettie Woodson