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About Ministry Health
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Director, Thomas F. Fischer
"Sermon Starters" Editor/Assisting Editor, Kelly Bedard
Rev. Thomas F. Fischer, Editor of Ministry Health Ministry, is an active clergyman of the Michigan District of Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. A 1983 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri (M.Div), Tom has served in a variety of ministry settings including...
- * Administrative Pastor, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Rochester Hills, Michigan (2001-present)
- * Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Midland, Michigan (1986-2001);
- * Founding Pastor of Lord of New Life Lutheran Church, Midland, Michigan (1995-1998);
- * Campus Pastor at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI, (1992-1993);
- * Associate Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church and School, Omaha, Nebraska (1984-1986).
* Director Of Music in several churches (1974-1984).
- * Major Instructor for the Michigan District-LCMS's Michigan Lutheran Ministries Institute (MLMI) a Michigan District certification program for lay ministry (1987-1993),
- * Instructor for Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Michigan extension program (1993-1995),
- * Instructor for Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Human Resources Administration (HRA) Extension Program (1994-1998).
Writing And Publications
Ministry Health extends to thousands of subscribers in nearly 100 countries throughout the world. Ministry Health's diverse writings have appeared in numerous journals, seminary classrooms, Asbury Theological Seminary's on-line continuing education program, and numerous denominational publications including publications of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod including CrossTalk.
Perhaps most notably, in addition to a regular "Ministry Health and Conflict Resolution" column in Net Results, Fischer's writings have also appeared in Christian Counseling Today and other periodicals. He has also appeared on several Christian media events including Lutheran Hour Ministry's "Crosswalk" television program.
Consultation and Workshop Facilitator
Ministry Health's ministry continues to grow and extend itself in practical ways in working with congregations, pastors, denominational entities and others to strengthen anxious churches. For further information contact Ministry Health.
More About The Editor
- Tom's interest in Christian leadership issues--especially church conflict, ministerial health and administration--has been enhanced by undergraduate studies at Concordia College, Ann Arbor (B.A. 1979), and graduate studies in Exegetical and Systematic theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO (1983-84).
- Having completed a Masters in Science of Administration Degree (M.S.A) (with a special focus on Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior), Tom is currently focusing his efforts toward completion of a Ph.D. in Conflict Management and Mediation. This unique training helps to give Ministry Health a realistic, practical, yet Scriptural approach to various ministerial issues.
- In addition to formal studies, Tom has also attended numerous church conflict training seminars. Most notable of these are
- * Lombard Mennonite Peace Center trainings including...
- a) Mediation Skills Training and "Facilitating Healthy Pastor-Congregation Relationships" with Director Richard Blackburn;
b) Consulting With Anxious Congregations;
- c) Advanced Clergy Clinic in Emotional Process series;
- * Conflict in the Church and The Non-Anxious Presence with Speed Leas;
- * "Healthy Congregations" training with Bridgebuilders Director Dr. Peter Steinke;
* Peacemaker Reconciliation Training (August, 1999) through Peacemaker Ministries;
- * University of Michigan School Of Social Work for continuing education in areas relating to Ministry Health's focus including borderline personality disorders, sexual addiction et al.
* Completed Basic Interim Ministry Training through the Interim Ministry Network (April 2002);
* Advanced Workshop In Family Emotional Process with Dr. Michael Kerr;
- * And numerous other experiences.
Tom has also served as a congregational mediator in the Michigan District's "911 Ministry", a conflict mediation program to assist pastors and conflicted congregations. His wide variety of parish experiences in a wide variety of settings and his God-given desire to support pastors are two key reasons Tom developed Ministry Health in August, 1997.
- In his spare time Tom, an accomplished classical organist, contemporary keyboardist, guitarist, enjoys exploring music of all periods utilizing a variety of instrumentation.
- In June, 1980, Tom married his wife, Cheryl, a child abuse investigator for Michigan's Family Independent Agency (FIA) has worked in rural Clare County, Michigan, inner-city Flint, Michigan, and Midland, Michigan.. They have one daughter, Michelle, born in June, 1981, currently completing her undergraduate studies in professional counseling at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. She plans to attend graduate school and become a High School Psychologist.
Statement of Faith
As a Confessional Lutheran Christian and clergyman in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Editor believes in the verbal plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures and fully subscribes without reservation to the doctrinal content of the Lutheran Confessions as stated in the Book of Concord, 1580, and the doctrinal positions of the LCMS.
How To Contact The Ministry Health Director
- If you have any questions, suggestions, comments about Ministry Health or a personal observation or questions, write the editor via e-mail.
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