The COVID-19 Pandemic, along with its disproportionate illness and death in communities of color, national economic instability, and our country’s reckoning with systemic racism and oppression, all converge to make pastoral ministry an immense challenge today. As well, if you are both clergy and a parent responsible for your child’s remote learning and care, these challenges must seem even more difficult; perhaps even overwhelming to navigate.
Many clergy report feelings of fatigue, worry, stress and all the anxiety which comes from uncertainty. Many feel the agitations of mind, spirit and emotions in performing the tasks of ministry in so many new ways: from wrestling with technology to the helplessness that comes when we can’t minister to others as we feel called to do. Still other clergy report feelings of outright depression, hopelessness, and despair.
These are challenging times for clergy. You may be experiencing stress, anxiety, worry and fatigue. You are not alone. Confidential help & support is available through the Clergy Warm Line.
You are not alone.
If you are experiencing these feelings, someone is there to listen and help through the Clergy Warm Line which is staffed by trained and experienced counselors.
We offer the opportunity to talk to a trained, licensed and experienced counselor who can listen to you, accompany you, support you, and also refer you to additional help, if indicated. Simply call the telephone number below, and you will be directed to a caring, competent, experienced and wise counselor to offer you help and referrals. You can speak to the person on the phone, but can also switch over to a video call.
Our counselors are Psychologists, Social Workers and Licensed Professional Counselors. Some, in addition to being counselors, are also clergy. All counselors will let you know this when you call. You can also check our calendar below to see which counselor is staffing the Warm Line on a particular day.
Our Counselors who are not clergy:
Kasi LeGrand, MSW, LCSW
Our Counselors who are also clergy:
Kathleen Bishop, PhD, MFT
Gregory Wilson, LCSW
To speak with a counselor, please call us during our regular hours of operation at 609-365-WARM (9276). Calls received outside of these times will be returned on the next day that we have regular hours.
Regular Hours of Operation:
Wednesdays 10 am- 12 noon
Fridays 4 pm - 6pm
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911 or contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
We value you privacy so that you can feel comfortable discussing whatever is on your mind with the Warm Line counselor. Here is information about Warm Line confidentiality: