The District President’s Commission for Ministerial Health is to provide wellness resources and referral for professional church workers in the Ohio District.


Care Partners serve the LCMS Ohio District through confidential listening and on-going encouragement they provide to those who seek it. Care Partners provide a good first contact for those struggling with difficult life events; for those who just need a listening ear; for those who need direction on how to take the first step down a new path.

Confidentiality is the main component of this service; a unique firewall exists between the Care Partner and the District. Your conversations and concerns remain private.



Other Helpful and Downloadable Ministerial Health Resources

Hosts a wide variety of wellness links for workers. The webpage is organized by wellness categories, and includes congregational wellness as well. Workers can also search by topic at the bottom of the webpage. Some links on the webpage will remain constant, while others will change with seasons and needs we see from research among the workers and leaders. 

Helping pastors and their wives in the transition from seminary to congregation. 

Offers various programs and retreats to minister to Church workers and their families.  

Provides a week-long confidential counseling retreat to full-time Lutheran church workers who are in the midst of burnout, stress, depression, compassion fatigue, conflicts of all kinds and, sometimes, moral failures. Clients received 30 hours of individual, couples, and group counseling. 

An innovative program of advanced study retreats to strengthen pastors for the task of faithfully shepherding the souls entrusted to their care. This program provides pastors with a unique study and renewal experience, rooted in spiritual care and informed by contemporary Christian psychology. 

Confidential source for LCMS pastors and families for personal/professional support, family and parenting support, self-service on-line resources and more.  

Soldiers of the Cross has provided emergency financial support and pastoral care for Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod church workers since 2004.

Veterans of the Cross assists retired Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod church workers, as well as their surviving spouses and dependent children, who are confronted by a financial crisis that forces them to choose between equally vital, basic human needs.