Work is more than a job for LCMS workers. It’s a life-long vocation. LCMS workers are always giving, which can make it hard for them to focus on their own quality of life. But doing so is essential to their calling, not only so they can Be Well, but so they can Serve Well. Because the healthier LCMS workers are, the better they can serve.
Concordia Plan Services and Church Worker Wellness Resources
More information on Concordia Plan Services can be found on the CPS website.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has developed a page with a number of resources on Church Worker Wellness. Visit that page at https://www.lcms.org/how-we-serve/mercy/church-worker-wellness .
Vitality Wellness Platform
The Nebraska District endeavors to provide church workers with the information they need to make the most of Concordia Plan Services, and their Be Well…Serve Well and Vitality Wellness programs. For more information on those programs, please contact Joyce Bruha at email@example.com or 402-643-2961, extension 1011.
This video from the Minnesota South District provides an overview of Concordia Plan Services and the Vitality Wellness platform.
Add Vitality to your Facebook feed to stay aware of their incentives and get reminders about taking better care of yourself so you can Be Well and Serve Well.
Financial Wellness & Retirement Planning
Concordia Plan Services also has a YouTube channel with a variety of tutorial videos related to healthcare services, retirement planning, and the other services they provide. You can access that channel by clicking here.
An archive of Financial Wellness webinars is available from Concordia Plan Services at this link.
Church Worker Debt Retirement
Soldiers of the Cross
Temporary financial assistance for LCMS-rostered ordained or commissioned ministers; Surviving spouses of retired LCMS-rostered ordained or commissioned ministers; Non-rostered (lay) LCMS district, church, school or RSO employees; Church workers from partner churches who are residing in the U.S.
Counseling for Church Workers
Church workers in need of refreshment are encouraged to consider retreats and counseling offered through our ministry partners. Regardless of whether you are a Concordia Plan Services member or enrolled in the Concordia Health Plan, you have access to mental health resources as a member of the LCMS community. Learn more at the Concordia Plan Services Mental Health Resources page.
GracePoint’s vision is to promote mental, spiritual, emotional, and ultimately relational health and healing in those who seek to utilize our counseling services. They provide therapists who are among the most trained, in both theology and mental health, the incarnational embodiment of our values, and above all, who provide our clients with a safe context in which to experience the Grace of their everlasting Father.
Regardless of whether you are a Concordia Plan Services member or enrolled in the Concordia Health Plan, you have access to mental health resources as a member of the LCMS community. Learn more at the Concordia Plan Services Mental Health Resources page.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is designed to help members and dependents cope with stress, depression, marital difficulties, and a variety of other work, family, and life issues. All EAP services are free and confidential to covered members of the CHP and can be accessed 24/7 at cignabehavioral.com or 866-726-5267.
The PSN, or Pastoral Support Network, is an EAP specifically designed for ordained pastors and those that live in a pastor’s home. The Pastoral Support Network is free and confidential to all ordained ministers and those that live in an ordained pastor’s home (regardless of enrollment in the Concordia Plans) and can be reached at 888-712-1805.
Sabbaticals and Retreats
Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat is a specialized counseling ministry for wounded professional church workers and their spouses (singles are welcome too).
Grace Place Wellness Ministries believes that if workers are not joyful, vigorous and balanced in their own body, mind and spirit, they cannot effectively and abundantly serve the people placed in their care. Healthy leaders lead healthy congregations and healthy congregations encourage and support healthy leaders. When Pastor and people are together experiencing life in the body of Christ the way the Lord has intended it (see Ephesians 4), God is glorified and congregations fulfill their calling to share the saving love of Jesus. Grace Place ministries also has special offerings and resources for ministry wives.
DOXOLOGY offers an innovative program of advanced study retreats to strengthen pastors for the task of faithfully shepherding the souls entrusted to their care.
Through Ministry Sabbatical Resources, Rev. Timothy Fangmeier (who formerly worked with the Wheat Ridge Ministries Ministry Sabbatical Grants program) and Rev. Arthur Umbach are available to assist ministry leaders and churches in the formation of sabbatical guidelines, plans and funding issues. As coaches, they provide guidance around planning a sabbatical that fosters a true sense of renewal and health.