The Orders Executive Committee is a “covenant community within the church to mutually support, care for, and hold accountable its members for the sake of the life and mission of the church.  These orders, separately or together, seek to respond to the spiritual hunger among clergy for a fulfilling sense of vocation, for support among peers during this stressful time of change in the Church, and for a deepening relationship with God.” – 2012 Book of Discipline, paragraph 306

Counseling Funds Contact:

Rev. Mark Richardson
First United Methodist Church
305 E. Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2566

Counseling Funds are available to Provisional and Full Members of the California-Pacific Conference including those in the retired relationship.

Elder Pastors

Elder Pastors are retired clergy who have committed themselves to serve as a “listening ear” to those who are in ministry.  These are volunteers care about the well being of their active colleagues.  They realize the challenge of having confidants, trustworthy and understanding friends, when you’re serving as a pastor to a congregation.