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.

Summer Resources

It has been long few years, check out these great Mental Health benefits & resources from Wespath, many are FREE. (interactive guide link): https://www.wespath.org/assets/1/7/5879.pdf

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By signing up for Wespath's monthly newsletter, these and other learning opportunities, and info are available to you.

Learning Opportunities from EY

EY Financial Planning Services helps you make financial decisions no matter where you’re at in your life. The following webinars are offered at no charge* to most Wespath participants. Click on the time that fits your schedule to register.

JULY: Planning for health care costs in retirement
Gain a broader understanding of retiree health care so you can estimate your future out-of-pocket costs and start planning and saving for them. Learn what Medicare does and does not cover.

AUGUST: A financial planning checklist for new parents
Adding a child to your family requires you to approach your household finances from a new perspective. Learn about budgeting for new costs, education funding, available tax benefits, insurance planning, estate planning and more.

*EY Financial Planning Services are available to active Wespath participants and surviving spouses with account balances, and to retired and terminated participants with account balances of at least $10,000. Costs are included in Wespath’s operating expenses that are paid for by the funds.

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Labyrinth
"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 The Labyrinth was originally made available by a generous gift from the Program Priority Fund, Southwest Texas Conference, through the Spiritual Formation Team.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. ... "

https://riotexas.org/the-labyrinth

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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. 

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http://www.ministryleadershipconcepts.com/

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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.  ... "

https://lambstale.org/leadership-care-program.html

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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. ... "
https://riotexas.org/wellness

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     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