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About Holston

Pastoral Counseling Center Assistance

Pastoral Counseling Center Assistance


OBJECTIVES Among the objectives are two that relate to the minister’s spouse and family.

* counseling for individual, marital and family needs of ministers and their families and other professional church workers and their families * support and growth groups for ministers’ spouses and couples in weekly or monthly sessions and retreat settings

CONFIDENTIALITY Information shared in counseling or consultation is kept in strict confidence. Only at the written, signed request of the counselee involved will the counselor supply information to other persons or agencies.

COST The Holston Conference provides funds to operate the office. Services are provided free of charge.The spouse of the clergy person is eligible for counseling for two years following his or her divorce without charge, as are children as long as dependents.

Director - Laura Shearer has retired. As soon as a new director has been hired, this information will be updated.
For appointment or other information: (865) 692-2390

EMERGENCY ROOM Partners in Crisis can be considered the “emergency room” for the spouse who is in a marital crisis. Acting as a “partner,” PIC will provide an immediate response to the needs of the spouse. In addition, the Pastoral Counseling Center offers professional expertise to help the spouse and her children through a separation, divorce and recovery. Likewise, the Steward of Clergy Concerns can become pastor to the spouse whose marriage to a clergy person is in crisis.

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT While the purpose of PIC is not to provide a “wellness clinic” for marriages, the Pastoral Counseling Center and other provisions within the Holston Conference can and do nurture marriages. Among those who lead in such ministry in the conference are Mark and Sara Clark, Bill and Sylvia Mooney, Pete and Ginny Rowlett, Rowland and Sinda Buck. Such rich resources in the Holston Conference can make a positive difference for any spouse of a clergy person.

Such information is available either through the conference office at 865.690.4080 or the Pastoral Counseling Center at (865) 692-2390 .

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