Leadership and Spiritual Life


The Center’s Leadership and Spiritual Life programs offers opportunities for individuals, faith communities, pastors, professionals and others who seek to

  • enhance career skills
  • deepen spiritual lives
  • serve in various forms of ministry both within and outside of institutional structures

Diane McClanahan, M.Div., Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life at the Center

For more information, contact Diane McClanahan, M.Div., Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life, at (515) 251-6644 or dmcclanahan@dmpcc.org for more information.


The Center’s Leadership and Spiritual Life services and programs include:

Pastoral Care Specialist Program

A two-year program with monthly topics in pastoral care. For the 2016-2017 list of classes, click here.

Professional Education for Persons in Ministry

Leadership and Spiritual Life programming at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center provides a variety of opportunities for professional support and instruction to clergy and ministering professionals.  It reaches out to consults with congregations, clergy, and church staff regarding collegial relationships and personal spiritual growth issues, offers an extensive list of topics for adult education programs within congregations, and evaluates clergy candidates.

Clergy Candidate Evaluation

The Center works with a number of judicatories and denominational leaders in the process of cultivating and evaluating the gifts and graces of persons who are exploring a vocation in ministry. The process typically involves a combination of personal interview and psychological assessment instruments. Information regarding this process is available from Ellery Duke by email eduke@dmpcc.org or by phone (515) 274-4006.

Congregational Consultation

Just as families can develop conflict among their members, persons working closely together in a parish setting can experience tension and/or conflict. Congregational Conflict Consultation is a dynamic process of helping staff or congregation come to a better understanding and resolution of problems. A pastor, president of a board, leader of a denomination, or other person involved can call Diane McClanahan at (515) 251-6667 to arrange a Congregational Consultation.

Clergy Consultation and Coaching

The Center is a resource for clergy who desire confidential consultation regarding leadership, pastoral care and/or other aspects of their ministry, vocational discernment, or professional growth. Interested clergy may contact Diane McClanahan at the Center, (515) 251-6667, for further information or to arrange an appointment.

Speakers Bureau for Adult Education, Singles, Stephen Ministers, etc.

Personal Growth and Development Presentations

In today’s fast-paced world, it is difficult to escape from the pressures and perplexities of daily living. Career demands, personal relationships, and family situations often contribute to depression, grief, stress, anxiety, and other emotional hurdles. At the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, we have the resources to address these problems through individual counseling and/or illuminate the issues through a group educational presentation by a licensed counselor.

The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center offers presentations on mental, emotional, and spiritual health topics presented in seminar style by various Center clinical staff. Counselors hold advanced degrees in counseling, psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, child therapy, and other human service fields.

It is helpful to schedule a presentation months in advance to ensure the date you want will be available. With a few exceptions, there is typically no fee for this service; however, a contribution to the Center’s Counseling Assistance Fund is encouraged. The presentations are typically one hour in length, although the length of the program can be negotiated.

A list of suggested topics follows. Any topic can be tailored to fit your needs. Contact Diane McClanahan, Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life, at (515) 251-6644 or dmcclanahan@dmpcc.org for more information.


Building Self-Esteem in Children
Beyond Time Out
A Father’s Role in Child Development
Early Childhood Development
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Grief in Children
Teen Suicide and Depression
Proactive Parenting
Developmental Disabilities
Identification and Treatment of Attention Deficit Disorders
Understanding and Communicating With Your Teen


Caring for Aging Parents
How to Enrich, Nurture, and Sustain Your Marriage
Understanding Male and Female Communication Styles
Family Issues in Chemical Dependency
Traits of a Healthy Family
Domestic Violence and Families


Improving Basic Skills: How to Talk/How to Listen
Mediation: Resolving Disputes Peacefully
Dad: A Son’s Road Map
A Father’s Love, a Daughter’s Power

Emotional Health

The Nature and Practice of Helping Others
Adjusting to a Significant Loss
Keeping the Balance
“What’s a Man To Do?” The Rules Have Changed: Male/Female Roles
Making Sense of Life’s Changes (Transitions)
Work and Worth: What happens when you lose your job?

Spiritual Health

Exercises for Spiritual Health
The Art and Practice of Forgiveness
Spiritual Practices for Busy People
Touching the Holy: Exploring the Ministry of Healing Touch
Health as a Spiritual Task
Writing: A Way of Praying, Healing, and Celebrating Our Lives

Military / Veterans

Understanding the Returning Veteran
Coping with Deployment of a Loved One
Reintegration and Military Families