Pastoral perspective

Anxious Times Call For New Awareness

A raw and honest conversation about life
and leadership for recently ordained Pastors

Pastoral Perspective

Join this new cohort to stay healthy, avoid burnout, gain psychological awareness, understand congregational systems, become more informed about leadership, and manage reactivity through weekly learning and peer conversation.

High Commitment: Meet weekly on Zoom Wednesdays at 2:00 PM CT

High Return: Direct application to congregational ministry

The cohort will be led by Rev. Gerald J. DeSobe Ph.D., Diane Stephens Hogue, and Rev. George Brookover. They will provide their expertise and strategy in 12 weekly 90-minute sessions (the first session is 2 hours).

  • Gerald DeSobe will present elements of pastoral psychology that leaders in any denomination need to have in interacting with constituents and other individuals in their setting.
  • George Brookover will present dynamics of family systems theory in coping with troubled and troubling individuals and small groups.
  • Diane Hogue will present the significance of spiritual formation in developing resilience, personally and professionally, for faithfulness to call and vocation in today’s topsy-turvy church world.
  • And other leadership insights from authors, consultants, and lecturers.

Learning Sessions

12 weeks of learning and peer conversation on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Understanding mental illnesses and personality disorders
  • Recognizing and responding to troubled persons/groups
  • Personal well-being and resilience
  • Leadership excellence
  • Coping with an unknown future


$400 per pastor; cohort is limited to the first 12.


The cohort will meet on Wednesdays, 2:00 PM CT

Pastoral Perspective meets September 7 – November 30, 2022

  • The first session is 2 hours
  • All others are 90 minutes

Note: No meeting during Thanksgiving week

Meet the consultants 

Rev. Gerald J. DeSobe, Ph.D

United Methodist Minister, Licensed Psychologist, and Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor


Diane Stephens Hogue, MA

Spiritual Director, Writer, and Retreat Leader



Rev. George Brookover

Ministry Specialist, Texas Annual Conference/United Methodist Church