Remote Pastoral Care Specialist Program

Classes begin September 2020 and end June 2022.

This two-year course is designed for clergy, parish nurses, Stephen ministers, chaplains and others involved in pastoral care ministries. Meeting monthly, participants learn about areas critical to effective pastoral care, and receive support, encouragement and consultation on their work. Participants will reinforce what they already do well and integrate new knowledge and skills into their ministries.

Dates and Time: 12 noon – 3 p.m. monthly, every second Thursday beginning September 2020 and ending June 2022 (No class July and August)

Location: all classes will be conducted via Zoom

Tuition: $650 for each of the two years, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee. To discuss a payment plan option for tuition, please contact Mark Minear,

Topics Will Include:

September 10:  Forgiveness: Practical Applications and Implications of Forgiveness in Ministry.

  • “Presenter:  Jim Hayes, D.Min., M.Div.

October 8: “Whole-hearted Listening”

  • Presenter:  Suzanne Stout, M.Div., Spiritual Director

November 12: “Memory Loss and Cognitive Decline”

  • Presenter: Mark Minear, Ph.D.

 December 10: “Suicide Awareness and Prevention in Faith Communities”

  • Presenter:  Diane McClanahan, M.Div., Spiritual Director

January 14: “Living with Illness and Chronic Pain:  From Adversity to  Transformation”

  • Presenter: Diane Glass, Spiritual Director

February 11:  The Spirituality of Children

  • Presenter: Kelli Hill, Ph.D.

March 11: “Caring for the Anxious: Being a Non-Anxious Presence in an Anxious World”

  • Presenter: Mark Poeppe, Ph.D.

April 8: “Evil in Every Day Life”

  • Presenter: Jeff Means, Ph.D.,M. Div.

May 13: “Ministry with LGBTQ Individuals”

  • Presenter: Douglas Aupperle, Ph.D.

June 10: Mindful Ministry

  • Presenter: Mark Minear, Ph.D.


1. Set up a meeting by phone or in-person with Dr. Mark Minear, licenced psychologist at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, to make sure the program is a good fit:, 515-251-6647
2: Register below – $50 non-refundable fee to hold your spot in the course. $650 tuition will be due in September 2020.

For additional information contact: Mark Minear, at 





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