Church Worker Wellness

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.

‘Reporter’ Insert: Church worker wellness

The January 2019 supplement to the Reporter highlights how The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is focused on church worker wellness.

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?

New wellness webpage offers resources for church workers

One of the seven mission priorities of the LCMS Board for National Mission is to “promote and nurture the spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of pastors and professional church workers.”

Dear Church Worker – your identity is still your baptism

Our identity is not found in our vocations, but in Christ alone. This is a reminder we need daily in ministry life.

Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength: The Intimidation, Impact, and Invitation of Wellness

There is only so much time, energy, and money in this world and a lot pulling at our attention, particularly as workers in the church. Introducing one tool to help you grow in wellness…

PKs, church work kids, any kids and expectations

What special expectations do we have for the children of our church workers? Offering grace to all the children in our churches.

Mental health and pastoral ministry

The Holy Ministry does not bubble wrap pastors. In fact, it can compound mental health stressors in ways that many other vocations do not.

The secret identity of a pastor’s wife

What do you wish people saw in you, or do you wish they saw if they looked beyond one title or vocation?

Church workers and spouses invited to participate in online wellness focus groups

The focus groups will provide the opportunity to give feedback crucial to helping workers and their families throughout the Synod.

Walther’s breakdown

Even the greatest of Christians can suffer from mental illness. In this letter from C.F.W. Walther to his congregation, Walther describes his debilitating depression and the beginnings of respite and healing.