CPS launches Pastoral Support Network

pastor-support-INConcordia Plan Services (CPS) has launched its new Pastoral Support Network (PSN).

The confidential 24/7 support system offers phone and online resources for full-time LCMS pastors “to get the support they need when personal and professional challenges infringe on their well-being,” according to a CPS news release. “The PSN offers counseling and support services with a particular sensitivity to the unique challenges pastors and their families may face.”

The service also is available to immediate family members of LCMS pastors.

The network provides:

  • family and parenting support;
  • personal and professional support;
  • educational materials; and
  • interactive online health tools.

It offers direct assistance and local referrals in an array of services, including:

  • crisis intervention;
  • management consultation;
  • face-to-face counseling;
  • child care;
  • adoption;
  • senior care; and
  • legal and financial services.

To learn more about the Pastoral Support Network, click here.

“The life of a pastor, while full of many joys, is not without challenges,” according to the CPS news release. “Pastors and their families face many of the same issues other families face: parenting, financial, physical and emotional stresses. In addition, a pastor is on call 24/7 and spends his days (and sometimes nights) ministering to the needs of others.”

The news release notes that Concordia Plan Services created the PSN because it “wants to ensure the health and well-being of every pastor.”

Posted July 14, 2014

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4 Responses to CPS launches Pastoral Support Network

  1. Bruce Wurdeman July 14, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    Is this same service available to Commissioned Ministers?

    • David A. Muench July 24, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

      Great question, Dr. Wurdeman. The answer is yes!

      The same provision for commissioned Ministers and others who serve in full time ministry of LCMS entities is referred to simply as the EAP. (This is an acronym for Employee Assistance Program.)

      The toll free number to access these services is 866.726.5267.

  2. July 16, 2014 at 7:17 am #

    Thanks for the program . I am interested in being a member .

    • David A. Muench July 24, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

      Rev. Nanning,

      Thank you for your ministry, and for your interest in the Pastoral Support Network (PSN).

      This service is currently available to all clergy (and members of their household) who are in full-time ministry with an entity of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

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