Caring For Church Workers

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

Ministerial Health Resources:

Hosts a wide variety of wellness links for workers which includes spiritual well-being; congregational well-being; relational well-being; emotional well-being; physical well-being; financial well-being; vocational well-being; intellectual well-being.

Helping pastors and their wives in the transition from seminary to congregation.

Offers various programs and retreats that ministers to Church workers and their families.

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 receive 30 hours of individual, couples, and group counseling.

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.

Confidential source for LCMS pastors and families for personal/professional support, family and parenting support, self-service on-line resources and more.

Soldiers of the Cross has provided emergency financial support and pastoral care for Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod church workers since 2004.

Veterans of the Cross assists retired Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod church workers, as well as their surviving spouses and dependent children, who are confronted by a financial crisis that forces them to choose between equally vital, basic human needs.

Ministerial Health Commission

Rev. Chris Eldridge, member

All professional church workers of the Ohio District LCMS and their family members are encouraged to take advantage of the Ohio District Ministerial Care programs and resources.

Available at NO COST to all professional church workers (whether or not on the Roster) in the Ohio District LCMS and their families.