Ministerial Health Assessments

Assessments and Tools

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

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, jmartin2@fairview.org 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.

Our Assessment Team

Meet our team

Ministerial health assessments are done by an experienced team that includes a psychiatrist, two psychologists/pastoral therapists and a licensed independent clinical social worker.

Gordon A. Braatz

Gordon has served on the MHLR assessment team since 2006 as the team psychologist and interpreter of psychological testing. Gordon is an ordained minister in the ELCA, served as a parish pastor for 30 years concurrent with psychology positions, holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is a licensed psychologist in Minnesota. He is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a member of the American Psychological Association and Academy of Clinical Psychology. In addition to extensive experience providing evaluation and treatment services, Gordon has served as an accreditation reviewer of doctoral and post-doctoral training programs in psychology.

J. Colleen Breen

Colleen has served on the MHLR assessment team since 2004. She introduces the assessment process and discusses family history. Colleen served as behavioral services liaison at University of Minnesota Medical Center for 11 years and as a clinical psychotherapist with Fairview Behavioral Services for17 years. She has maintained a private practice in psychotherapy for 16 years and served as chaplain/director of pastoral care at Mercy Medical Center and as an individual and group therapist at WomanWell, an international center for religious women. She has a master’s degree and is licensed in Minnesota as an independent clinical social worker; she’s also certified in Gestalt therapy.

Williams Davis

Bill has served on the MHLR assessment team since 1991 as both medical director and team psychiatrist. He has a D.O. degree with a specialty in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. Bill began his professional career in ministry serving three years as a parish pastor before focusing on chaplaincy and then training as a physician. He holds advanced status in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Bill is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry. He served as director of Child-Adolescent Behavioral Services at University of Minnesota Medical Center and has a private practice in psychiatry.

Paul Erickson

Paul has served on the MHLR assessment team since 2006. As a team psychiatrist, Paul focuses on psychiatric and medical issues. He holds an M.D. with a specialty in psychiatry and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Paul served as the assistant administrator of Minnesota Manor Health Care Center. He provided inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care with both Northern Pines Mental Health Center and St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, Minn. He was in private practice in Edina, Minn. Prior to his current position with the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis. Paul is the son of an ELCA pastor.

John P. Martinson

John works with Judicatory executives on their referral of pastors, discusses and schedules the assessment with pastors and other church leaders who have been referred, and conducts a comprehensive review of experience in ministry. (See more biographical details here.)

If you have questions, contact John Martinson, program director, 612-706-4558.