Ministering to the Mentally Ill
From Gifted For Leadership
Reaching out to the mentally ill can be tricky. As in all of ministry, we need to be attuned to the Holy Spirit so that we can discern which people to involve in our ministry and what ways. In this downloadable resource, we help you in that discernment process. These articles bring you balance and perspective, as well as practical ideas of how to flourish in this ministry.
Preaching as Reminding
From Preaching Today
Preaching doesn't always have to explain new truths. Nor does it always have to persuade people to believe those truths. Nor does it always have to exhort people to obey the truths. Sometimes it can simply remind folks of what they already understand, believe, and are attempting to obey. To be sure, those functions of preaching—explaining, proving, and applying—are indispensable in any well-rounded pastorate, but sometimes sermons can simply inspire with the old, old story.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. And serious mental illness affects 6 percent of the population, or 1 in 17 adults. What does it mean to pastor people through this challenging, often highly stigmatized, disease? This 22-page resource offers wisdom from those who have walked the path and tips on how to minister to the mentally ill.
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