Indianapolis – The Board of Trustees of the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church approved and authorized, September 4, 2014, Bishop Michael J. Coyner to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding between Indiana University Health and the Indiana Conference regarding a change in the Buchanan Pastoral Counseling Center.
Under the terms of this new agreement, IU Health will make a one-time, fully paid contribution of $3 million to the Indiana Conference. IU Health intends for this gift to assist the Indiana Conference to address and promote the psychological and spiritual wellness of clergy and their ability to deliver counseling to parishioners in need through this gift.
"The Indiana Area of The United Methodist Church has a long history of commitment to the psychological and spiritual wellness of its clergy and their families, including for many years using the services of Dr. Foster Williams as the Area Director of Pastoral Care and Counseling,” explains Bishop Coyner. “In recent years that commitment has included utilizing the Buchanan Counseling Center for such services, along with the development of the Rejuvenate Ministries of the Indiana United Methodist Foundation.”
Under the terms of this new Memorandum of Understanding, the Indiana Conference may utilize this gift as the Conference deems most appropriate, and at some point in the future IU Health may change the operations of the Buchanan Counseling Center.
The INUMC Trustees further approved recommending that the Leadership Table of the Indiana Conference establish a task force or group to develop the programs and plans to further promote the psychological and spiritual wellness of its clergy and their families.
"This new agreement means that the Indiana Conference will need to expand its role in providing services to our clergy and their families. I look forward to helping develop plans to promote the wellness and effectiveness of our clergy, and I believe the generous gift from IU Health will enable the Indiana Conference to develop those plans," said Coyner.
The Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church consists of more than 1,200 active clergy serving across the communities of Indiana with a mission of providing leadership for vibrant congregations making faithful disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.