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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:


From the recent Rio Texas Conference Wellness Workshop: "Chaos to Calm" Workshop by Rev. Dr. Edie DeVilbiss

Shape Good Habits
(318) 497-0187  (many resources on her website)


How to access free EAP (Employee Assistance Program) benefits for clergy:

click to download PDF step by step instructions to access EAP benefits

Starting in September::

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. 

 ... " 

2022 - 2023 Topics
“The Dimensions Of Differentiation Of Self”

“Cooperation:  The Reason We Exist In The First Place"

“Leadership In Turbulent Times”

“The Power Of Vulnerability”

“The Virtues Of Altruism”

“Dealing With Resistance And Sabotage”

“Erosion:  Our Undoing May Also Be Our Becoming”

“How Birth Order Shapes Our Behavior As Leaders”

“Conformity:  The Deep Impact Our Social Nature Has On Our Decision-Making”


Wespath's resources:


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