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 and their spouses.

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

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

Judicatory executives can find out more about referral procedures here.

Moving toward a healthier future
Primary goals of an assessment are to help church leaders gain greater clarity regarding issues that contribute to problems in ministry and personal life and to develop strategies for resolving those issues and moving toward a healthier future.

The two-day assessment process offers adequate time to:

  • Carefully explore the joys and challenges of ministry to develop a deeper understanding of the nature and sources of both.
  • Develop greater insight into leadership strengths and vulnerabilities.This includes a careful look at family history, personality traits, interests and skills that influence leadership.
  • Thoughtfully discuss important issues in personal and family life—and identify and affirm sources of support and joy. We also clarify sources of stress and explore helpful responses to this stress. For this reason, we strongly urge spouses of married leaders to join in this assessment.
  • Review medical concerns that diminish the quality of life and leadership.
  • Develop recommendations for addressing the concerns that led to the assessment and concerns that emerged or gained greater clarity through 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
  • Lunch
  • 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
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