The retreats, titled “Take Heart! Renewed to Be a Blessing,” are funded by the LCMS Office of National Mission.
The coalition — a collection of representatives from around the Synod — supports and fosters conversations about church worker wellness.
The retreat consisted of three days of worship, learning and fellowship offered at no cost to participants.
The LCMS Council of Presidents conducted its fourth meeting of 2020 (its third via Zoom video conference) on Nov. 16–18, with discussion of the pandemic’s impact on the church dominating the meeting.
The LCMS Office of National Mission is partnering with DOXOLOGY on a series of retreats to help pastors and the souls in their care rest in the Gospel.
DOXOLOGY, an LCMS Recognized Service Organization, offers resources for pastors and congregations. Their goal is to support faithful pastors in their vital service to the dear souls committed to their care.
A series of “Take Heart” retreats will focus on offering respite and resources for pastors who have struggled with the changes and stresses of the past year.
The LCMS Office of National Mission has partnered with DOXOLOGY on the retreats, which are planned for Sept. 28–30 in Bel Aire, Kan., and Oct. 5–7 in Donaldson, Ind.
The Ministerial Care Coalition, a project of Concordia Plan Services, began in 2014 with the goal of fostering wide-ranging discussion and advocacy of worker wellness in the LCMS.
On July 23, Floor Committee 3 passed resolutions commending LCMS Disaster Response and the Synod’s life ministries and encouraging further training to care for those with mental illness.
Due to two major triennial events, the approved budget is $12 million higher in FY20 than in FY19, but the expenses for those events are essentially recovered through fees.
In a supplement to the June 2019 Reporter, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod highlights what was learned from worker wellness focus groups conducted in 2019.
The devotions, which will be released weekly, are part of the Synod’s ongoing focus on worker wellness.