Ministerial Health and Leadership

Faith Partnership Programs

Promoting healthy, effective church leaders

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

A broad range of services - we serve clergy and church leaders from all Christian traditions

Counseling and Coaching

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.

Clergy Coaches: pastoral leadership training

Fairview Health Services and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota have partnered to create Clergy Coaches. This program provides one-on-one leadership training to pastors who wish to further develop their leadership skills and abilities. Coaching is provided by seasoned clergy who have personally worked with a coach and completed a training program

Learn more about this program and the coaches by visiting Clergy Coaches. With any questions, contact John Martinson, Director of Ministerial Health and Leadership Resources, 612-706-4558


We offer a variety of educational programs for congregations and church professionals. Current programs include:
  • Family systems perspectives on church leadership
  • Clinical Depression: ministering to people with depression and general depression information programs for congregants
  • Coaching as a model for church leadership
  • Living with resilience 
  • Reconciliation 
  • Self-care for church leaders 

Program leadership

John 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 Fairview in 1998.