The District President’s Commission for Ministerial Health is to provide wellness resources and referral for professional church workers in the Ohio District.


Care Partners serve the LCMS Ohio District through confidential listening and on-going encouragement they provide to those who seek it. Care Partners provide a good first contact for those struggling with difficult life events; for those who just need a listening ear; for those who need direction on how to take the first step down a new path.

Confidentiality is the main component of this service; a unique firewall exists between the Care Partner and the District. Your conversations and concerns remain private.



Other Helpful and Downloadable Ministerial Health Resources

  • PALS (Post-Seminary Applied Learning and Support)

Helping pastors and their wives in the transition from seminary to congregation. Website: (Post-Seminary Applied Learning and Support)

  • Grace Place

Offers various programs and retreats to minister to Church workers and their families.  Contact the Program Director at:  314.580.4608 or Grace Place Programs at

  • Shepherds Canyon Retreat

Provides a week-long confidential counseling retreat to full-time Lutheran church workers who are in the midst of burnout, stress, depression, compassion fatigue, conflicts of all kinds and, sometimes, moral failures. Clients received 30 hours of individual, couples, and group counseling. Phone:  800/783-3079, website:

  • Doxology

An innovative program of advanced study retreats to strengthen pastors for the task of faithfully shepherding the souls entrusted to their care. This program provides pastors with a unique study and renewal experience, rooted in spiritual care and informed by contemporary Christian psychology. Phone:  262/253-1888, website:

  •  Concordia Plan Services Ministerial Care

Confidential source for LCMS pastors and families for personal/professional support, family and parenting support, self-service on-line resources and more.  Ohio District LCMS Pastoral Support Contact:

  •  Serving Church Workers

Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod members care about pastors, teachers and other church workers who teach us about Jesus and dedicate their lives to sharing God's love. SERVING CHURCH WORKERS