The River Conference of the Free Methodist Church

Wellness Panel

“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, they succeed.” Proverbs 15:22 NIV

“For every matter has its time and way, although the troubles of mortals lie heavy upon them.” Ecclesiastes 8:6-7 NRSV

Pastoral leadership is stressful.  Counseling is helpful in developing strategies to thrive in stressful situations. The River Conference Wellness Panel is a group of licensed professionals that exist to encourage and provide confidential counseling to Pastors of the River Conference and promote holistic wellbeing.

One dimension of the Wellness Panel is confidential counseling for Pastors who request assistance. Currently, we have counseling services available in English and Spanish. We hope to offer a therapist who speaks Swahili in the near future.

  • Complete the intake form below. Answering these questions helps the Wellness Panel understand how best to support you and connect you to appropriate care.
  • The intake form is confidentially routed to a member of our Wellness Panel who will then contact you to set up counseling via zoom. We prioritize your request and aim to respond within (48/72) hours.
  • Appointments are made through the River Conference website.
  • If on-going counseling or resources are needed, the River Conference will work with the therapist to provide affordable counseling on a case-by-case basis. The River Conference will subsidize the cost of three counseling sessions to any River Conference Pastor.
    If you are in crisis and need support NOW, please reach out to one of these resources:

    Below are organizations with 24-hour access to immediate, confidential, and free support. Talking with someone about your thoughts and feelings can save your life.

    National Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention Hotline
      • Call 800-273-8255
      • Text 741741
    National Hopeline Hotline for Veterans
      • 877-838-2838
      • 800-273-8255, press 1
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Helpline
        • 800-662-4357
    211 (call or text) United Way *business hours apply
        • Get access to local resources like assistance with food or paying bills. Healthcare and mental health or substance use treatment.
        • Nacional de Prevencio del Suicidio 877-784-2432
        • La Linea Nacional de Ayuda de SAMHSA
          • 800-662-4357
          • Connects you to a local resource in your residential area
    Options for Hard of Hearing or Deaf
    • TTY Users: Use your preferred relay service
    • Dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255.

    Wellness Intake Form

    Please complete is CONFIDENTIAL intake form.

    The Wellness Panel offers confidential counseling services to Pastors who request assistance. A request for services is confidentially sent to our Panel Therapists who then will contact you to set up counseling via ZOOM. Currently, our therapists can offer counsel in English and Spanish.
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    Home Address

    Help us help you by answering some basic questions.

    Have you had thoughts within the last 24 hours of hurting or harming yourself or another person? **If yes, please reach out to one of the resources listed above.
    Can you identify one person that is a trusted support to reach out to after completing this form?
    What is one spiritual practice that brings you strength and peace?


    Future links: access to virtual Wellness Panel education seminars. i.e.: Foundations of holistic wellness: mental health, relationship care, and financial.