Frustrated by the toll COVID is taking on life? Pondering how to help your congregation move beyond the pandemic impact? Wondering what new challenges will pop up at home and at church?

Pastors within the Presbytery of Lake Michigan are invited to join a series of six informal conversations with other pastors as they focus on self-care, support each other and process what the pandemic has done to ministry.

The Safe Space for Pastors group will meet via Zoom from 10 to 11:30 a.m. each Thursday from August 4 through September 15 (except September 1 due to the Labor Day holiday). You can attend one meeting. . .  or all six.

To join the conversations, teaching elders should check their email box the morning of each conversation for a message with the Zoom link details. Those who want to join the conversation but don’t receive that email should contact the presbytery’s office manager at

Safe Space for Pastors — offered through a partnership between the presbytery and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services – features a licensed therapist facilitating conversations between pastors about the challenges and impacts of COVID on our congregations.

There is no cost to participate in this program being led by licensed therapist Michael Reiffer, Southwest Clinic Manager for Pine Rest, due to a generous grant from the PC(USA) Office of Mental Health Ministry.

This is a health and wellness program being offered by the presbytery; participants will not be considered clients of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. All information shared during the sessions is confidential. No information that is shared will be disclosed to the Presbytery of Lake Michigan or its leaders.

More details are available by contacting Elder Allison Goshorn, facilitator of the presbytery’s Administration Support Team, at or the presbytery’s office manager at