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About Holston





Following a review of PIC, Dennie Humphreys, then chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry, recommended/reported to the 1999 Annual Conference that Partners in Crisis should continue its work, that the Steward of Clergy Concerns should help to facilitate responses to such crises/needs, and that the Board would attempt to find funding for PIC.  That same year, a resolution was submitted by PIC through the Board of Ordained Ministry that read as follows:  Whereas, a call to ministry as clergy is one that affects the entire family and creates situations wherein the clergy family is often separated from family and friends; and  Whereas, clergy families may experience severe tensions that sometimes lead to marital separation and divorce; and  Whereas, clergy spouses are often vulnerable in such situations, being unaware of protection and assistance within the structure of the Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church; and  Whereas, Partners in Crisis, a volunteer group in the Holston Conference, offers support;  Therefore, be it resolved, that Partners in Crisis be recognized as an official organization in the Holston Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, and,  Be it further resolved, that this group be staffed by volunteers who work in cooperation with the Steward of Clergy Concerns and the Board of Ordained Ministry. 

Another resolution was submitted by PIC and the Board of Ordained Ministry to the General Conference 2000 to recommend that “each Annual Conference study and make available to families of clergy an explanation of the requirements for clergy and the rights of spouses during a marital separation or divorce, in accordance with the Book of Discipline and the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits.”  Although the work of Partners in Crisis is sanctioned by the Board of Ordained Ministry, the district superintendents and the Director of Clergy Services, in the interest of spouses in crisis who may feel disenfranchised by the emphasis on clergy, the Pastoral Counseling Center* is likewise vitally connected and committed to both spouses and children of clergy in crisis. The chairperson represents PIC to the Holston Conference Foundation, hopefully leading to additional exposure and potential funding.


*In 2018 The Pastoral Counseling Center became Holston Center for Wellbeing.

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