Clergy Support

The Louisiana Conference is fully aware that demands on your time and energy are unprecedented.  Whether you are in a disaster zone, grappling with the effects of COVID-19 and the resulting economic downturn or political and racial unrest in your congregations, the need for a unique and extended sabbath is real.  

The Office of Clergy Excellence has been hard at work developing tools and resources for you. An emphasis on holistic health is part of the Wesleyan tradition.

To do this, we must tend to our physical, mental, and spiritual selves sometimes referred to as our' holistic health'.  

We encourage you to read this article from Mark Dance

In it, he says this: 

"Driven pastors often convince ourselves that we cannot afford to take a break. Yet wouldn't you agree that, as important as we think we are, we are not more important than the world-changing Messiah? Storms will come and go, but God's gift of Sabbath is all the permission we need to rest, even when all of our work is still unfinished."

Easily said, right? 

We get it. 

There's a lot going on today. From broken webcams to downed Wifi - decreased giving and a decrease in attendance. Deep down, you know how necessary Sabbath is for vital ministry, but you just can't find the right resource to free up the necessary time. 

We've heard you, and we are here to help. Below you will find a variety of resources, all designed to help you pastor and thrive in the midst of the pressures of today's post-pandemic world. 
 

Online Worship Services Available


If you are a clergy serving with limited staff, a time may come where you find yourself ill and unable to record a worship service. You may also be in a position where you desperately need to take a weekend off from preparing, preaching, and producing worship for your congregation.

We plan to make available a handful of downloadable sermons, produced by our clergy here in Louisiana, that you will be able to utilize as needed. 
 

Illness Due to COVID


If you are exposed to COVID and need to quarantine, or if you become ill due to COVID, please let your
District Superintendent know so that they can support and work with you to help take whatever next steps are needed.
 

Employee Assistance Program


In a concerted effort to support clergy and their families during this time, the Conference Office has instituted an important new benefit that is now available.

The Employee Assistance Program offers services at no cost to help in times like these. 

Benefits include:   

  • Counseling with a therapist is available to you and your family to help process stress and worry and work toward coping skills. Counseling is available in-
  • person, via phone, in-the-moment or online.
  • Legal and financial consultations and extensive online resources can help you get important life documents organized and feel more control about the future.
  • Health Resource Library includes handouts, short videos and recommended apps to help you feel more resilient and calm in anxious or hard times.
  • Work/Life referrals are references to outside people and resources that can help you with tasks that feel overwhelming such as child care, household help, etc.
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