Lutheran Social Services Speakers Bureau

Worship Resources

Preaching – Speakers are available for Sunday morning worship, Advent, Lent or any time of the church year that fits for the congregation, clergy gathering, retreat or conference schedule.

Mission Moment/Temple Talk – A 3 – 5 minute presentation of LSS services can be provided either at the beginning or end of worship or during the offering.

Bible Class or Adult Education or Forum – A variety of behavior health topics can be provided by our development, clinical or administrative staff. 

LSS Sunday – The entire weekend can be planned and coordinated to fit the needs of multiple congregations within a geographic area to highlights social ministry and the ever changing needs of the communities within which we serve as a faith - based agency.

Possible Behavior Health Topics

Anxiety – Excessive worry and fear often resulting in behavior that withdraws from social contact, unrealistic concern about the future and inability to relax and often experiencing headaches, stomachaches or other physical problems.

Bi Polar Disorder – Is characterized as overwhelming sense of mania or hyper activity and “feeling on top of the world” for a period of time followed by a crash resulting in a deep depression. 

Child Abuse Prevention – Are looking for a presentation that will educate and prepare your church staff and volunteers to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse you need look no further than LSS. Prevention presentations by LSS can make a difference in your congregation and community by educating adults about the protection of our children.

Childhood Trauma and Therapy – Trauma intervention and treatment for children who have either witnessed or are victims of violence and other tragedies need help to process and eventually overcome horrific past experiences.  Our clinicians specialize in the treatment of children of all ages and social or economic backgrounds and have served with the commitment to serve them and their families with best practice therapy and counseling.

Co – Occurring Disorders - The term co-occurring disorders refers to an individual having one or more substance abuse disorders and one or more psychiatric disorders at the same time.  Self-Medicating the symptoms of a mental disorder with drugs and/or alcohol can complicate diagnosis and treatment but recovery is possible.

Depression – When diagnosed as “clinical” often includes chronic feelings of sadness and unexplained anger, thoughts of or attempt at suicide and feeling worthless, empty and isolated.

Domestic  Violence –  Individuals and families burdened with violence or abuse  need  the opportunity, information and skills to begin to living non-violently.   Services and programs are available for those who have been abusive, controlling or violent with an intimate partner or child.

Drug or Alcohol Abuse & Addictions

Eating Disorders – Often the symptoms include excessive weight loss in a short period of time, an unrealistic and extremely negative belief that a person is over weight, eats in secret, bings on large amounts of food and might also spend an equal or greater amount of time in the bathroom to induce vomiting.

Grief and Loss Recovery – Since there is no correct way to cope with the death of a loved one or serious personal loss a presentation on this topic will provide participants valuable tools for their daily lives. 

Parenting  Issues – Young people want to talk about their feelings, family, relationships and future but they need to know it is “safe” to do so with trusted adults in their lives. Parents and youth leaders, teachers and mentors can always benefit from the opportunity to have a better relationship with the young person(s) entrusted to their care. 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Multiple exposures to trauma during multiple deployments can some times result in military service persons experiencing PTSD. They are at increased risk for substance abuse, suicide, separation and divorce, nagging feelings of guilt and shame, panic attacks and severe depression. Recovery, support and spiritual well being can be restored.

Schizophrenia – A brain disease that affects a person’s thinking and judgment, hearing, feeling, seeing things that only exist in the mind of the person themselves. Drastic changes in personality, a flat affect, inability to sleep or to relate to others are all typical of the symptoms for a person who struggles with this disease.

Suicide Prevention – It could be a change in personality, behavior, sleeping pattern, eating habits, do not point to disaster by themselves  but together they can be early warning signs and help to prevent a suicide.

Congregational Ministry Support

Volunteer Management – Identifying, training and nurturing awesome volunteers requires leadership, clarity of roles, flexible policies and procedures along with motivation from the heart to fulfill the mission of the congregation or ministry team within the congregation.

Fundraising and Endowments – The development or fund raising process is more than rattling a tin cup or having a bake sale in the lobby after worship. Raising awareness of the mission of the congregation and various ministry groups, welcoming gifts to support the ministry, thanking people for their gifts and creating a climate for generous giving could become part of your parish planning with budget process. 

Emergency Food Pantry Organization – Could your congregations food pantry benefit from a little more organization, have you considered partnering with other churches or community groups to deliver more help the people in need who arrive at the door of your church? Let us share some of the best practices we have learned at the Choice Pantry at LSS.

Marriage Enhancement - This presentation outlines the developmental stages of a typical marriage relationship and explains how couples often get stuck in the struggles of resolving conflict. Even good relationships can benefit from improving family communication skills and fine tuning conflict resolution. Learn how conflict can move couples toward greater intimacy.

 

Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio

Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio (LSSNWO) is a Christian agency founded in 1911 by the Fremont Conference of the American Lutheran Church. LSSNWO is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and recognized by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS). More than 200 Lutheran congregations in Northwestern Ohio are corporate members of LSSNWO. Lutheran Social Services also is a member of one of the nation’s largest service organization – Lutheran Services of America.