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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
How Churches Can Partner with Outside Counselors
It’s about supplementing, not replacing, pastoral care.
My relationships with churches begin in a variety of ways. Sometimes a partnership is born when one of my clients refers someone from a different church to meet with me.
Top 10 Resources for Mental Health Ministry
Books, websites, organizations, and people who can help you help those with mental illness and their families.
Hope for Mental Health Starter Kit. Refer people to them for professional mental health care and emotional support, and consider using them as a resource for yourself and your staff.
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
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.
Dear Laura: About Your Mental Health
How a church can heal.
We know now that you get self-conscious when you “twiddle” in church and that holding your hand helps calm it. We know now that you feel the pain of others and have a gift for prayer.
How I Leverage My Autism for Pastoral Ministry
My life-changing diagnosis forced me to learn myself—and my ministry role—all over again.
Called into Ministry. Then one day, just over one year after graduating college, God called me into ministry. I was frightened but intrigued. What could God possibly do with me?
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
The Road to Emotional Health
How transforming your unhealthy interior transforms your leadership.
until I understood that these beneath-the-surface components of my life had not been transformed by Jesus that I discovered the inseparable link between emotional health and spiritual
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 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.
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
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.
Growing Grace for Mental Illness
One pastor's story mirrors a burgeoning response in the church.
Movements toward mental health. The church's response toward those with mental health problems has generally been negative, but I'm starting to see signs of change.".
3 Things to Say to Victims of Domestic Abuse
These powerful statements from church leaders can help women in abusive relationships find hope and healing.
fulfill. If churches do not have the resources for such situations, leaders can reach out to local mental health and social service agencies. This collaboration
Sacrificing the Body
Too many pastors are neglecting their physical health—and it's killing them.
That pastors would suffer from stress-related health problems is nothing new. But pastors also have some advantages when it comes to health, and they're learning to leverage them.