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When You're a Pastor Who Suffers from Depression
What the story of Elijah (and psychological research) tells us about how to cope.
I was not prepared for the challenge that vocational ministry would present to my mental health as I was still coming to grips with the weighty task of parish ministry in my first church.
Is Your Church Healthy for People with Mental Illness?
3 ways your congregation can embrace those with mental disorders.
Mental health professionals serve in the innkeeper role for many churches. The innkeeper specialists). 3. Healthy churches have a mental health plan. Churches
CT Pastors’ Top 17 Articles of 2017
This year’s best practical solutions and stories of ministry failure, temptation, and encouragement.
17. Is Your Church Healthy for People with Mental Illness? 3 ways your congregation can embrace those with mental disorders. By Michael R. Lyles. 16.
Top 10 Resources for Mental Health Ministry
Books, websites, organizations, and people who can help you help those with mental illness and their families.
Top 10 Resources for Mental Health Ministry. Books So for mental health problems, church leaders are first responders—consciously or unconsciously. Yet
My Depression Is Not Wasted
What Gillian Marchenko learned when mental illness mixed with ministry
Editor's Note: As Mental Health Awareness Month comes to a close, we're catching up with Gillian Marchenko to hear what she's learned about ministering with depression.
The Weight of Stress in Ministry
Women are three times as likely to experience depression.
Not only does it affect us physically, but when stress goes unchecked, it can affect our mental health, too, causing anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation or focus, irritability or anger
How Churches Can Partner with Outside Counselors
It’s about supplementing, not replacing, pastoral care.
How Churches Can Partner with Outside Counselors. It's about supplementing, not replacing, pastoral care. Rebecca Meyer and Gerald Hiestand. 0; tweet;
Dear Laura: About Your Mental Health
How a church can heal.
Dear Laura: About Your Mental Health. How a church can heal. Mandy Smith. 0; tweet; link. share; share; share. expand: email; print. We recommend this Building
Pastor, How Do You Pray for Your Church?
10 ministry leaders respond.
Heavenly Father, Our hearts are broken over Isaac's mental health, the failure of our broader city support systems, and the immense weight this has sent crashing like a sledgehammer
The Road to Emotional Health
How transforming your unhealthy interior transforms your leadership.
The Road to Emotional Health. How transforming your unhealthy interior transforms your leadership. Peter Scazzero. 0; tweet; link. share; share; share. expand:
How I Leverage My Autism for Pastoral Ministry
My life-changing diagnosis forced me to learn myself—and my ministry role—all over again.
How I Leverage My Autism for Pastoral Ministry. My life-changing diagnosis forced me to learn myself—and my ministry role—all over again. Lamar Hardwick.
How to Stay Healthy While Pastoring an Unhealthy Church
Hurting churches hurt people. Including pastors who try to help them. Here are 9 principles to help you stay strong.
This is essential for the pastors' mental and emotional health, because there are fewer things that will draw us into an unhealthy church's drama than constantly living in reaction to that
Hollowed Out, Hallowed In
Leading during a time of personal trauma
It involved my discovery of decades-long drug and alcohol abuse, addiction, and mental health disorders in an immediate family member. Mental health disorders. Not approved.
Tips for Preventing Suicide
Take action based on the level of risk
Following are several ideas for pastoral care, which is different from mental health counseling, an important distinction that argues for referral to mental health services.
The Healing Power of Small Groups
We need friendship, and friendship happens on purpose
As a mental health therapist and pastor, I am frequently shocked at how psychology thinks it's discovered a mystery of human functioning when all along these “mysteries” are found in
When Pastors Pray, Part 1
God called me to minister to desperate ministers
God instructed me to build a resource network just for pastors in the area of mental health, depression, and suicide. He asked me to conduct a needs
When Pastors Pray, Part 2
God called me to minister to desperate ministers
Therefore, every Wednesday morning at 6:00 am, in Memphis pastors are found praying for pastors across the globe. We pray for their marriages, children, ministries, and mental health.
How to Be an Overcomer When You Feel Overtaken
Tactics for surviving uncertainty
A break from reading that requires response can be a kindness of surrender to your mental health. *Ahem.* This is also my justification for binge-watching British television shows.