Ministerial Health and Leadership Resources


Promoting healthy, effective church leaders

Ministerial Health and Leadership Resources is a service of Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis supports the church through a variety of services for pastors, other church leaders and the judicatory executives charged with their care.

Parish ministry is often highly demanding and exceptionally challenging. Every pastor and professional church leader deserves the best support the church can offer. Congregations, in turn, deserve and need competent and effective leaders to become and remain vital communities of faith.

A broad range of services
Developed in 1981 as an assessment resource for pastors in the American Lutheran Church, MHLR has expanded over the years to include counseling, coaching and education resources.

Today, MHLR serves clergy and church leaders from all Christian traditions, with the majority of people who use our services coming from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) and, at times, from the Presbyterian Church and the Episcopal Church.

MHLR is located at Fairview Community Health, 2849 Johnson Street N.E., Minneapolis, MN 55418.

Counseling and clergy coaching: Addressing concerns, leadership skills

John Martinson offers counseling for people serving in professional church leadership positions. John is a licensed psychologist in Minnesota and a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

Pastoral leadership coaching: Clergy Coaches
Fairview Health Services and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota have partnered to develop Clergy Coaches, a resource that provides one-on-one leadership coaching to pastors who wish to further develop their leadership skills and abilities with the goal of providing the best possible leadership.

Seasoned clergy who have personally worked with a coach and completed an education/training program in coaching serve as coaches. 

For more about Clergy Coaches, including short biographies of the coaches, visit Clergy Coaches. With any questions, contact John Martinson, director of Ministerial Health and Leadership Resources, 612-706-4558.

Education Programs: Topics for congregations and church professionals
Our educational program offerings range from one-hour to weeklong workshops and are available for congregations and church professionals.

Current programs include:
  • Coaching as a model for church leadership
  • Family systems perspectives on church leadership 
  • Clinical Depression - Programs on ministry to people with depression, and general depression information programs for congregants
  • Living with resilience 
  • Reconciliation 
  • Self-care for church leaders 
Program leadership
Martinson_John_headshotJohn P. Martinson serves as the program director for Ministerial Health and Leadership Resources. He is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a licensed psychologist and a fellow and past president of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). John holds an M.A. in clinical psychology and a D.Min. in pastoral care and social change with a specialization in counseling. 

John served as a parish pastor in Nevada and Virginia for nine years. He also was executive director of Pastoral Counseling Centers in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. for almost 20 years before coming to MHLR in 1998. 
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