Health Ministry

Video: ‘Caring for Pastors’

In this video presentation, Chaplain (Army Lt. Col.) Steven C. Hokana shares a word of encouragement for pastors who are struggling through the current coronavirus pandemic. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod loves you and cares deeply about you.

When are we the Church?

If we see ourselves as the church only when we are “in the building,” we fail to heed our Shepherd’s call to be salt and light in the world through the various vocations in which He has placed us.

LCMS President Harrison video: Much cause to rejoice and give thanks

The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, brings a message of encouragement and joy to the church during the coronavirus pandemic.

A message from LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison amid the coronavirus pandemic

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1).

LCMS president’s message and resources for coronavirus pandemic

Tips and encouragement for LCMS congregations and individuals as they respond to COVID-19.

Coronavirus: Nothing new about disease … or the need for the Gospel

Through your faithful witness during a public health crisis, it is possible that people in your life will repent and receive the healing that only Jesus can provide.

LCMS convention reaffirms stances on life and marriage

Two resolutions — affirming the LCMS stances on beginning-of-life issues and biblical marriage — passed by wide margins on Sunday.

Parish Nurse Newsletter: Fall 2018 – Spiritual care

LCMS Parish Nurse Newsletter provides information and insight about including a spiritual component when caring for the whole person.

Share it! – Encouraging good health

Answers to the question, “How does your congregation or school encourage good health among members, students and/or workers?”

Parish Nurse Video Lecture: ‘Exercise in the Congregation’

Helpful information on how to start an exercise program in the congregation.

Parish Nurse Video Lecture: ‘Reaching out and caring for veterans’

The Rev. Dr. Steven Hokana, chaplain, Lt. Col., USA (Ret.), D. Min., BCC, assistant director for the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces, presents “Reaching Out and Caring for Veterans.”

Parish Nurse Newsletter: Summer 2018 – Coping with life’s transitions

LCMS Parish Nurse Newsletter provides information and insight about handling times of transition in life — whether your own or when caring for others.

Fear, Anxiety and Wellness: Journey to a Heart at Peace

Dr. John Eckrich, a retired practicing physician and the founder of Grace Place Wellness Ministries, teaches on “Fear, Anxiety, and Wellness: Journey to a Heart at Peace.”

Parish Nurse Newsletter: Spring 2018 – Mental health

LCMS Parish Nurse Newsletter provides basic information and insight that can be used when caring for individuals who have mental illness concerns.

‘Our Way Home: A Journey through the Lord’s Prayer’

The Rev. Dr. Daniel Paavola uses his book Our Way Home: A Journey through the Lord’s Prayer to explain how parish nurses can use each petition of the Lord’s Prayer to connect with the people they serve.

Heart Health

Jennie Johnson, RN-BC, Ph.D., parish nurse at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Rathdrum, Idaho, will present helpful information on the current understanding of how heart attacks and strokes develop and the connection with dementia during the February video lecture for parish nurses.