Heidi Goehmann
Heidi Goehmann
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Heidi Goehmann is a writer, deaconess and licensed independent social worker. She is supporting the LCMS Office of National Mission in the area of church worker wellness. She offers Bible studies and other ministry resources and advocates for women, marriage, families, mental health and individuality through her website, ilovemyshepherd.com. Goehmann lives in Nebraska with her husband, her four children, and her one and a half dogs.

Wellness: A Lutheran perspective

Wellness and well-being are not distinctly Lutheran ideas, but Lutheranism does have some unique doctrinal concepts that are useful for the pursuit of our wellness.

Why ask for help?

When we ask for help, we trust in our Helper God and rest in His promises. God doesn’t strike. He doesn’t reject. He keeps our lives. He keeps us from birth until death and each day in between.

The five most pressing needs of commissioned workers

Commissioned workers of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod serve as teachers, musicians, discipleship and outreach coordinators, parish nurses, children’s ministers, mentors, youth workers and more.

The five most pressing needs of pastors

Rev. Richard Koehneke identifies areas of need for the wellness of pastors, church workers and families of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Advice for those first few years as a church worker

You’ve got a call. It’s a big deal. Now it’s time to enter the wonderful and hard world of ministry life.

Fresh produce – alternative provisions for church workers

Giving fresh produce seems like such a small thing, but it shows appreciation to our church workers. Here are creative ideas for providing a little extra for LCMS workers and their families.

Tiny goals

Sometimes the big things of life get the better of us. Sometimes we know we need to make a change, but the magnitude of change crashes in on us.

Is he my pastor or my husband? Spiritual care in the clergy marriage

What unique challenges and gifts in spiritual care come with the clergy marriage?

‘Worker-to-Worker’ devotions build one another up in the Body of Christ

“Building Up the Body: Worker-to-Worker” devotions offer words of Law and Gospel encouragement from one LCMS church worker to another.

Freedom in ministry life

We don’t need to fulfill any church member’s expectations (real or imagined) of what a pastor’s wife, ministry spouse, pastor, teacher, or other church worker should be. We only need to focus on God, the One who calls us free in the grace of Christ.

My burden for someone else’s pain

The church work family bears burdens and sufferings in a unique way. We have our own sufferings. Christ carries our load with and for us.

The church worker and curious living

Curiosity might kill the cat, but it keeps church workers healthy!

The weight of debt

Debt can weigh down workers and ministries. God gives us a foundation of hope.

Tired of waving goodbye – one of the greatest joys and struggles of church work life

Most church workers have family and friends scattered through the country. This reality contains many blessings, but honest struggle as well.

Sunday morning and the church work family

If Sunday is a “working day” for church workers and their families, where do they grab a moment of worship and rest?

Life transitions and the church work marriage

Life is full of transitions! What unique transitions exist in ministry life and marriages? How can workers build up their marriages in the face of transition?