Does it seem to you like the vacancy rates at our churches and schools has grown to a troubling level? You probably feel as though you don’t have enough hours in the day to do all that is expected of you. More than most people in your congregation, you probably are aware of the financial limits on what is possible.

Worker shortage + unlimited workload + no hope for improvement = formula for burnout.

Do you see the flaw in the mathematical equation? Here’s your clue: no mathematical equation that explains the Christian church can include the words “no hope.” Not with Christ as the Lord of the church!

We recently heard the Ascension promise that when Jesus ascended on high, he gave gifts to his people, including “the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” (Ephesians 4:11-12) So where can weary called workers lay their hands on some of those promised pastors and teachers to equip God’s people with no payroll increase?

Here at WELS Congregational Services! Your congregation’s mission offering and generous support from donors across the WELS provide valuable resources at no cost to your congregation.

Find Bible studies and ready to use training materials for evangelism, worship, youth ministry, discipleship, Lutheran schools, marriage encouragement, stewardship, and resources for women’s ministry. Has the Lord brought unusual challenges to your neighborhood? Your church leaders can learn about several avenues for compassion ministry. And, of course, the Commission on Congregational Counseling has resources for strategic planning and other congregational retuning.

The Congregational Services directors and staff at are here to serve the leaders of the church. Check out our resources. Let’s work together so that the body of Christ may be built up.

Rev. Jim Behringer
Director, Commission on Special Ministries

 

 

 

 

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