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Suicide and the Hope of the Church

Suicide and the Hope of the Church

In the last four months, one significant and concerning trend I’ve noticed in social media conversations among ministry leaders has been the uptick in the need for suicide information. Reducing mental illness stigma and prevention are the techniques with the most impact. Here are some other approaches that may help.

Three Things that Hold Us Back from Disability Ministry

Three Things that Hold Us Back from Disability Ministry

There are so many great ideas out there about starting a disability ministry. But unless we take these ideas and start walking, they will mean nothing. There are things that we’re going to have to throw off—much like Bartimaeus had to throw off his cloak to freely run to Jesus. What is your cloak? What is the thing you need to throw aside in order to take your next step in starting a disability ministry?

A Free Mental Health Guide For Faith Leaders

A Free Mental Health Guide For Faith Leaders

Many churches are at a place of that first talk with a pastor, where a concerned layperson might discuss whether churches should be worried about mental health. The American Psychiatric Association has created a guide is to equip faith community leaders to help with a mental health need, because “faith community leaders are gatekeepers or ‘first responders’ when individuals and families face mental health or substance use problems.”

You Are Extraordinary

You Are Extraordinary

Every parent has a moment when they sit down face-to-face with their child to have an important conversation. The conversations may look a little different, but they have the same goal: to let children know that they are exceptional, unique and wonderful, and God has a plan and purpose for their lives.

How Churches Can Encourage the Blind and Visually Impaired

How Churches Can Encourage the Blind and Visually Impaired

God has used my blindness to others in so many ways. In my ability as a songwriter, I’m able to describe things in a deeper way than people who can see. I show people trust-in-action as I follow other people’s directions. Most of all, I think I’m able to show people that, despite my being totally blind and using a power wheelchair, there is still joy.

Five Things Churches with Thriving Disability Ministries Can Do To Help Others Get Started

Five Things Churches with Thriving Disability Ministries Can Do To Help Others Get Started

If you’re a church that has an amazing disability ministry, here’s some practical things you can do to help extend your ministry beyond the walls of your own church, and help other churches take one more step on their special needs ministry journey as well.

Preparing Churches To Help With Mental Health

Preparing Churches To Help With Mental Health

When you begin thinking about your help for mental health in your church, the best place to begin is with the invitation, which will show you what kinds of preparation you need to put in place. 

Wells of Generosity: Do You Have Enough Resources for Disability Ministry?

Wells of Generosity: Do You Have Enough Resources for Disability Ministry?

God often does much with little. These Kenyan pastors don’t see all the resources that are lacking. They see their own bodies and energies, and have plans to do more with the resources within themselves than many of us do with the luxuries in our culture.

A Conversation About The Cost Of Special Needs Ministry

A Conversation About The Cost Of Special Needs Ministry

Creating a church that is truly inclusive will come with a cost. Wanting a return on investment is not inherently wrong, but when it comes to the fear of being able to finance a special needs ministry, the most important thing to focus on is where the repayment will come from.

Mental Health Ministry Trends

Mental Health Ministry Trends

Churches across the US are increasingly implementing mental health ministry. Three characteristics of successful mental health ministry initiatives are collaboration, cultural competence and a call to action.