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Five Facts About America’s Broken Mental Health-Care System

Did you know the average age of onset for mental illnesses is 14? This is not when individuals are diagnosed, but looking back, this is the average age when many begin struggling.

The Life of Job: Multiple Losses, Grief, and Recovery

Grief is a universal human experience. Everyone experiences loss and, therefore, grief. However, there is relatively little understanding of “how” one should go about grieving.

Preparing the Church: How to Assist Those in Crisis, Trauma, and Recovery

When a crisis or tragic event takes place, churchgoers ask, “What can I do to help?” We can empower congregants by helping them identify and utilize the tools they have as Christians. God is at work within every Christian, preparing them to help others.

Childhood Trauma: Developmentally Appropriate and Trauma-Informed Interventions

When treating kids with trauma, I remember these two crucial elements: therapeutic relationships are essential, and being developmentally appropriate is honoring. For the sake of children, let’s join in the play.

The Church and Mental Illness: We Are Called to Care

For many, a mental illness—theirs or a loved one’s—cuts right into the way they see themselves, God, and their community of faith. Here are ways people need the Church to step up and connect.

The Church and Mental Illness

I encourage churches to actively train and deploy “Christian firemen”—running toward those being devastated by the “flames” of mental illness when everyone else is running away.

Rethinking Mental Health Care: How the Church Can Transform a Broken System

Mental health is the great mission field of the 21st century, and it is time the Church recognized its God-given role. The involvement of the Church is the missing piece necessary to transform our broken system.

Youth Bible Study on Mental Health: 12 Resources to Use With Teens

Leading a youth Bible study on mental health can provide fascinating, applicable insights for students.

Post Traumatic Church Disorder: 12 Symptoms and 5 Treatments

Just below the surface, it affects daily interactions, vision casting and strategic planning. It affects how we relate to God and how we relate to others. I call it Post Traumatic Church Disorder.

How Anxiety Can Be Good for Us

The truth is anxiety doesn’t discriminate, no matter how spiritually mature or how well versed you are in scripture. Fear can strike anyone at any given time without regard for who they are or what they do. Here's how God can use your anxiety for something good.

Medical Missions: How Community Health Evangelism Heals Lives and Transforms Hurting Communities

Community Health Evangelism/Education (CHE) incorporates physical and spiritual education with a special focus on prevention of disease, not treatment after the fact. These medical missions heal an transform communities.

Coming Out, Mental Health Crisis in the Background of Steve Austin’s Suicide

Recent blog posts from former pastor Steve Austin show that before his apparent suicide, he had come out as queer and his wife, Lindsey Austin, was hospitalized for significant mental health problems.

Friends Mourn Steve Austin, Former Pastor and Author Who Wrote About Suicide and Mental Health

Steve Austin, a former pastor who wrote candidly about his struggles with mental health, has died. 

Rick Warren: ‘It’s Not a Sin to Be Sick’

Pastor Rick Warren has praised a pastoral letter discussing mental health and the church. The letter, titled, “Hope and Healing,” calls for an end to the stigma around mental illness and for greater collaboration between science and medical professionals and people of faith.

50 Good Mental Health Habits

Good mental health does not happen by accident. Mentally healthy people make small, daily choices that contribute to their mental health.

Elijah the Prophet: What We Can Learn From His Mental Health

Many spiritual leaders in the Bible struggled to obtain victory while serving faithfully. The story of Elijah the Prophet is just one case study model for ministry. Many pastors and church leaders can learn a valuable lesson on self-care and God’s provision to take care of His own.

The Surprising Way This Group of Nuns Provides Mental Health Ministry

You can see in the numbers how much mental health was just a real concern. These nuns are not psychologists and they needed extra help. Here's what they're using today.

Can Someone Be Spiritually Healthy and Still Experience Mental Health Challenges?

“Can someone (a) embrace the gospel, (b) practice spiritual disciplines, display (c) personal devotion and (d) devout character, and (e) have a robust theology and still experience mental health challenges?”

Do You Need to Update Your Kidmin Wellness Policies and Procedures?

As we begin to slowly reopen our children’s ministry, we are updating our wellness and sick policies. I wanted to share them in case your church is in this process as well.

Quarantine’s Psychological Toll: 3 Disorders to Watch Out For

Learning from the history of SARS and other illness-related quarantines, mental, emotional and relational health will have suffered under the period of social distancing. Here's what church leaders need to know.

‘Lord I Lift Your Name on High?’ Oakland Church Sues Police...

Zide Door in Oakland is suing police and the city over a raid of their facility, in which authorities confiscated $200,000 of cannabis and psychedelic mushrooms. Zide Door distributes the drugs to church members. 

Podcast Special: Dave Ferguson Gives 4 Habits for Healthy, Lasting Ministry

What are some of the practices that we can embrace as ministry leaders that will help sustain our joy through both the highs and lows of ministry? Join Dave Ferguson for a candid, backstage conversation.

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