Bishop's Task Force on Health and Wellness

The Mission of the Bishop's Task Force on Health and Wellness is to encourage rostered leaders to identify their current health status and to motivate them to move toward improved wholeness.

If you are interested in serving on this taskforce, please contact Pr. Sarah Wilson


On-Line Health Assessment

imgThe Bishop’s Task Force on Health and Wellness encourages all rostered leaders and their spouses to complete the Mayo Clinic Health Assessment annually. This will provide you with a better understanding of your health status, as well as how you can improve it. More about the assessment.

After completing the survey, you will be eligible for funds through your Personal Wellness Account to offset out-of-pocket medical costs. 

If you need computer assistance with the online form, please contact one of the task force members below.

ELCA congregations and organizations that had at least 65% of their ELCA-primary plan member employees and spouses take the  Mayo Clinic Health Assessment by April 30, receive a 2% discount. How is the NIS doing? Find out here...


ELCA-primary members, make the most of your health benefits.


The Challenge of Living Well

As people of faith, we're called to steward all our gifts, including our bodies, relationships, money, and more. That means living well and caring for ourselves fully in mind, body, and spirit.

Making Positive Changes

Caring for ourselves may involve making some positive changes in our lives. So try to pinpoint what will motivate you to make those changes. The reasons below may help.

10 Reasons to Live Well in the ELCA

  1. To be a more effective leader for the sake of the world
  2. To model healthy behaviors for our children
  3. To have a healthier relationship with God
  4. To endure hardship with resilience and grace
  5. To feel better in mind and body
  6. To avoid lifestyle-related illness
  7. To better steward gifts given by God
  8. To age with strength and dignity
  9. To lead my congregation toward wellness
  10. To help decrease overall health care costs thereby increasing mission dollars

Overcoming Distractions - An Easier Way to Live Well

Stewarding our gifts wisely can be harder than it sounds. We get pulled in so many directions every day, and may have limited time, resources, and discipline. When we're faced with multiple responsibilities, it's easy to get distracted and lose our focus.

 When We Don't Live Well

As imperfect human beings, we often react from a place of insecurity when faced with multiple responsibilities:

  • We overreact.
  • We lose focus and discipline.
  • We listen poorly, distracted by our own concerns.
  • We tend to act as though we, alone, are in control.
  • We compare ourselves to those around us, worried that we don't measure up.
  • We unfairly blame others.

 When We Do Live Well

If we're centered daily in faith and stewarding our gifts wisely, we're better able to manage life's challenges. Then we can:

  • Work from our values, strengths, and interests.
  • Accept our limitations.
  • Seek and accept help.
  • Forgive ourselves and others.
  • Focus on improving the way we do our job as a way to enhance the lives of others.

Restoring Our Sense of Self

Using your ELCA benefits wisely can also play a part in helping you grow your well-being.

Learn smart ways to use your benefits:

Using our faith is a good way to help overcome the challenges to living well. Intentional, daily practice can help us calm our thinking, clarify our relationship with God, and restore our sense of self. Less encumbered by fear and anxiety, we're better able to trust our abilities, accept our limitations, and steward our gifts. As better stewards, we're more likely to enhance the lives of others each day.

We offer several faith-based wellness-related activities to help you and the people you care about live a centered life.

Slow Down is a wellness activity we created to help you add a spiritual practice to your life.

Task Force Members:


What We Do

The Bishop's Task Force on Health and Wellness encourages ELCA Health Plan members to take the annual Health Assessment.

We sponsor the Walk, Roll, and Run and Stretch 'n' Pray at the annual Synod Assembly.

We plan and host the annual Boundaries Workshop for synod leaders every fall.


Balance Your Life

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Find out more about
the Wholeness Wheel


Click here for ideas about balancing your life with the Wellness Wheel birthed at the 2007 Professional Leaders Conference.


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