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Healthy Servants & Peaceful Ministries
September 2018

 “Beloved I Pray that all may go well with you and that you may be
in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” 3 John 1:2

Congregations have the opportunity to be invested in the health and wellbeing of their workers and families. They can play a major role in keeping their workers healthy. Why is this important? Pastor Mark Lundgren from the North Wisconsin District says that the congregational approach to caring for workers and families is about mission. We all want our congregations to be reaching people with the Gospel, healthy and moving forward in mission and ministry. A key component to that is supporting our workers as they go about their ministry.  

Lundgren writes, “Church workers are vulnerable and susceptible to certain emotional and spiritual issues due to the nature of ministry. Those serving in ministry and leadership positions are especially targeted by the devil. If he can take down a minister, teacher, DCE, etc. the damage to a congregation is extensive. Church workers, like many others, struggle with issues like depression, burnout, moral failing, and the list goes on.” Paul writes in Ephesians 6:12, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against ...the spiritual forces of evil.” The need to support workers and families is critical!

WHAT’S THE PURPOSE of a Church Worker Support Team: 1. To intentionally support overall wellbeing of staff and families.  2. To advocate for church workers and address needs.  3. To provide open communication and a be an active listener to joys, sorrows, and concerns.                                                                 

WHO SERVES ON THE TEAM? 1. People who have a heart for the wellbeing and successful ministry of workers. 2. Members with special expertise (e.g. counselor, medical staff, financial planner, etc.) 3. At least one person connected to governance of congregation for communication of need. 4. People of various ages, both genders, and varying perspectives.                                                       

WHAT DO THEY DO?   Develop a plan to provide care and support in conjunction with the worker and family.                                                       

THIS IS THE CONGREGATIONAL APPROACH TO CARING FOR CHURCH WORKERS.

If you are interested in learning more about a Church Worker Support Team, please contact Rev. Gene Wyssmann at gene.wyssmann@mo.lcms.org

God Bless!

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