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Caring for Church Workers – 20 Ways

Church Worker Wellness

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

As the pastor greeted people after the worship service, one little boy, Billy, handed the pastor a quarter. The pastor a bit puzzled asked him, “Do you want me to put this quarter in the offering?” The boy said, “No, that quarter is for you!” The pastor still puzzled asked, “For me. Why?” The boy […]

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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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National Clergy Appreciation Month

Church Worker Wellness

Posted on October 16, 2017
by Rev. Max Phillips

The stress on pastors has never been light and these days with fewer pastors coming out of seminary the burden is growing. It is not unusual to know several pastors in each district of our church who are now serving three parishes. Quite a few serve either two congregations with many acting as chaplains for various emergency services organizations or other ministry enterprises in addition to serving a congregation. While the increasing volume of work isn’t necessarily bad, it is essential that these extra efforts are recognized for the good that the Lord does through them and that the pastors are encouraged and supported as they take on the extra load.

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