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5 Truths Hurting Teachers Need To Hear

Church Worker Wellness

Posted on November 9, 2022
by Toni Larson, LISW

In recent work with commissioned, Lutheran School Teachers, we are finding out that they, and likely all teachers, are hurting. Lutheran Family Service is shining a light on the issue of church worker wellness within the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS). Our goal is to flip the switch and proactively maintain wellness instead of […]

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Caring for Church Workers – 20 Ways

Church Worker Wellness

Posted on September 27, 2022
by Rev. Dave Gunderson, LMFT

Many church members have a big heart and want to help in caring for church workers. But, they don’t always know how. Read on for 20 ways that you individually and your congregation can care for your pastor and other professional church workers.

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4 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Marriage and Family

Church Worker Wellness

Posted on July 25, 2022
by Toni Larson, LISW

Church worker families have their actions and lives scrutinized by parishioners and folks in the general public. There is overwhelming pressure to be a “perfect” family that handles all situations and stresses flawlessly and without breaking a sweat.

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5 Ways to Beat the “Blues”

Church Worker Wellness

Posted on June 27, 2022
by Rev. Dave Gunderson, LMFT

Being “blue” on occasion is normal, but being stuck in the “blues” is not. Some experience depression briefly, and with help, can move out of it. Others struggle with it their entire lives and may need both counseling and special medications. Learn 5 ways you can use to beat the “Blues” of depression.

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Ten Tips for Handling Life’s Changes

Church Worker Wellness

Posted on May 18, 2022
by Toni Larson, LISW

Church workers’ transitions run the gamut of exciting, joyful, frightening and stressful. In addition to the usual church year transitions, there are transitions from one call to another and one home to another. For Lutheran school teachers, the transition is growing one class of students, saying goodbye, then welcoming another class a few months later.

Preparation can be helpful in handling life’s changes to reduce stress and expedite adjustment. In her article, “Ten Tips for Handling Life’s Transitions,” author Nylse Esahc (Ibelieve.com, March 10, 2019), suggested the following points with accompanying Bible references, followed by my observations.

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Five Ways to Manage your Emotions

Church Worker Wellness

Posted on April 6, 2022
by Toni Larson, LISW

Emotions are neither good nor bad. They just are. Emotions are a creation and gift of God. Pastors and other church workers face emotions every day. How you respond externally and internally can be critical to the success of your ministry.

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Navigating the Boundary Waters as a Pastor

Church Worker Wellness

Posted on February 28, 2022
by Toni Larson, LISW

Maintaining healthy boundaries is a challenging but vital task for pastors and other church workers. Without healthy boundaries, workers run the risk of compassion fatigue, interpersonal conflict and role confusion.

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Confronting Your Addiction

Church Worker Wellness

Posted on July 3, 2021
by Toni Larson, LISW

The thought of having an addiction can be frightening.  So frightening, that taking a hard look at what is happening may be avoided. 

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Church Worker Mental Wellness – Why Does It Matter?

Church Worker Wellness

Posted on June 4, 2021
by Toni Larson, LISW

Church workers don’t enter their vocation without bringing along their personal histories. This is the case with many helping professionals; they enter service professions having experienced their own issues. These issues could be personal or family trauma (abuse, substance abuse, loss of a parent or sibling, etc.); they may be genetically or biologically predisposed to depression, anxiety disorders, or addictions;  they may develop, due to their circumstances and personality, depression, anxiety, addiction issues, etc.;  and they may encounter current stressful life issues with their own spouse or children, congregations, transitions in life such as empty nest and retirement, and community conflict.

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3 Ways to Support Your Church Workers

Church Worker Wellness

Posted on July 23, 2019

Church workers and their families suffer, just like anyone else, and they are more likely to feel isolated and unable to seek help.

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