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.

Crying for help and finding none

God is faithful. He doesn’t leave us. He doesn’t forsake us. He does and will bring help.

Bullying in the congregation

We don’t need to holler “Bully! Bully!” at the next voters’ meeting. We are, however, called to acknowledge and call to account behavior that is directly admonished in Scripture.

Celebrating unconventional ministry ‘success’

While we don’t necessarily believe in “success” in ministry, how do words like “growth” and “effectiveness” weigh on a church worker, congregation or agency sharing the Gospel?

Finding local resources

Many Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod church workers and spouses identified the need for help finding more wellness resources. Here are three helpful tips for finding localized resources.

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!