If a pastor has served in the parish for any period, they have likely ministered to someone suffering from a sense of hopelessness.

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s Life Ministry offers a Bible study — “Gospel Relief for the Despairing: Speaking Christian Comfort to the Depressed and the Suicidal” — that may benefit pastors as they meet with the despairing Christian.

Suicide prevention resources

If you have encountered this resource because you are concerned about someone, maybe even yourself, having suicidal thoughts, please reach out and receive help.

Do not suffer in silence wondering what to do. There are people to come alongside you, people who care.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

  • Text: 741-741

Crisis Text Line

  • Text: 741-741

LCMS Life Ministry