What We Do

Ministerial Assistance Program

Where do Clergy and Church workers and their families go when they need help?

The Ministerial Assistance Program (MAP) of Lutheran Counseling Services, Inc. is designed to help clergy, church workers, i.e. educators, parish nurses, secretaries, etc, and their families cope with the challenges and demands of church life and work.

Examples of concerns/problems that are appropriate for intervention by Ministerial Assistance Program are:

  • Assessment, referral and/or therapy for an individual, marriage or family concern
  • A pastoral care congregational, staff, church school, or church governance issue
  • A vocational crisis redirection
  • Help with a church worker or parishioner grievance

The expert staff of Lutheran Counseling Services can provide help, hope and healing through quality and confidential assistance.

Participating members have access to the following services:

  • Consultation – Participants have phone access to a pastoral counselor to consult with regarding a personal, interpersonal, or congregational crisis.
  • Referral – Participants are referred to licensed therapists and/or certified pastoral counselors in their geographic location.
  • Therapy – Participants in the Central Florida area have direct access to LCS’ clinical staff (Note: a counseling fee is charged for these services.)
  • Whatever the issue, the Ministerial Assistance Program provides help, hope and healing through professional, confidential and caring assistance.
  • Calls are received seven days a week and responded to immediately - within a few hours of the call.

Confidentiality

The principle of confidentiality is steadfastly observed to maintain trust and foster the helping process. All aspects of confidentiality are held in the strictest confidence to the extent permitted by law.

To access MAP services or for more information, please contact Lutheran Counseling Services.