Ministerial health assessments


What does an assessment entail?

At Fairview Ministerial Health and Leadership Resources (MHLR), comprehensive psychological and vocational assessments are available to church leaders of all denominations.

Assessments are done by a four-person multidisciplinary team and make use of various assessment tools.

This resource serves church leaders in a 14-state area. Most church leaders using this service are from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) or the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS), while some are from the Presbyterian or Episcopal Church.

Judicatory executives can find out more about referral procedures here.

Moving toward a healthier future
Assessments are meant to help church leaders gain clarity regarding issues that contribute to problems in ministry and personal life, and to develop strategies for resolving those issues, moving toward a healthier future.

The two-day assessment process offers adequate time to:

  • Explore the joys and challenges of ministry to gain a deeper understanding of the nature and sources of both.
  • Carefully look at family history, personality traits, interests and skills that influence leadership strengths and vulnerabilities.
  • Discuss sources of support and joy in personal and family life. We also clarify sources of stress. We welcome spouses of married leaders to join in this assessment.
  • Review medical issues that diminish quality of life and leadership.
  • Develop recommendations for addressing the concerns that led to the assessment or emerged throughout the course of the assessment. Together, we develop a plan for moving forward.
A summary of findings and recommendations is recorded in a letter written to the church leader (and spouse, if attending) with a copy mailed to the judicatory executive with the church leader's (and spouse's) written permission.
A sample two-day assessment schedule

Day One: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Registration and begin taking the MMPI-2
  • Introduction to the assessment including defining personal goals
  • Discussion of personal/family history
  • Discussion of ministry/vocation
  • Complete the MMPI-2

Day Two: 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Discussion of medical issues and concerns
  • Review results of the Taylor Johnson Temperament Analysis (T-JTA)—focus on marriage (if married)
  • Review results of the MMPI-2
  • Lunch
  • Summarize what has been learned from the assessment
  • Discuss recommendations and plans for moving forward

Ministerial health assessment tools   
  • Pastor Background Information Form (PDF)
  • Spouse of Pastor Background Form (PDF)
  • Sentence Completion Exercise (PDF)  
  • Instructions for taking the Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis will be sent to all entrants.

Please complete and return the forms at least two weeks before the pastoral health assessment. Email your forms to John Martinson, or mail them to:
John Martinson
Ministerial Health and Leadership Resources
Fairview Community Health
2849 Johnson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

If you have questions, please email or call John Martinson, 612-706-4558.
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