Currently there is not an organized "Clergy Spouses Group" on the Eastern Shore District
What is a District Clergy Spouse Support Coordinator & How Can They Help You?
The District Clergy Spouse Support Coordinators for the Virginia Annual Conference Clergy Spouses offer the gift of dialogue to clergy spouses who are looking for spiritual support, encouragement, good referral resources for a particular concern, and/or simply a listening ear. We are another arm of the team (along with the District Superintendent and the District Chaplain) that care for clergy, their spouses, and children.
As sisters and brothers, we are committed to providing a safe, compassionate, and confidential space for you, as a clergy spouse, to share your concerns and questions. When appropriate, we will help you find other people or agencies to work with your situation. We are concerned that our sisters and brothers who are clergy spouses have someone to turn to in their times of need, or someone to respond to a simple question.
Parsonages Support Committee:
Purpose: The purpose of the Parsonage Support Committee is to assist the district superintendent in supporting the local church and the parsonage family in dealing with issues associated with providing a home for the parsonage family. This is to be a positive support that appreciates the issues of a church-owned house that is the private home to a clergy family and will strive to be sensitive and not intrusive. This committee will seek to give assistance where needed, to bring creative solutions to bear on parsonage issues, and to hold accountable in love all whose task it is to be good stewards of the parsonage.
Composition: Six lay members are appointed by the District Superintendent with staggered two-year terms. Members should have experience in dealing with property standards, maintenance, and short-term residents. One or more may be a clergy spouse, realtor, or local church trustee.
Roles and Responsibilities:
For more information on the Eastern Shore District Parsonage Support Committee, contact the District UMC Office