Mental Health and the Church

Janet Parshall...Disability Ministry Champion

Janet Parshall...Disability Ministry Champion

Janet's long history of advocacy for persons with disabilities isn't the only reason why I wanted her to have the opportunity to attend our conference and connect with the leaders and speakers in attendance. I knew Janet could speak into disability issues from the perspective of someone who has been there and done that.

It's the hidden disabilities that keep kids out of church

It's the hidden disabilities that keep kids out of church

The study found that the children most likely to be excluded from church are those with autism spectrum disorders and common mental health conditions - anxiety, depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder and ADHD.

Key Ministry's video training series on Mental Health and the Church

Key Ministry's video training series on Mental Health and the Church

Our team is pleased to announce we've completed a library of training videos designed to accompany and support Mental Health and the ChurchKey Ministry's book on including children, teens, adults and families impacted by mental illness at church.

Join Kelly Rosati, Amy Simpson, Kay Warren and myself for a Twitter chat on youth mental health

Join Kelly Rosati, Amy Simpson, Kay Warren and myself for a Twitter chat on youth mental health

I'd like to invite our readers to join with me, along with Kelly Rosati, Amy Simpson and Kay Warren on Tuesday, May 8th at 2:00 PM Eastern time for a Twitter chat designed to encourage pastors, ministry leaders and key volunteers to consider how they can be involved in addressing the epidemic of mental illness in children and teens.

Why church is difficult for persons on the high end of the autism spectrum

Why church is difficult for persons on the high end of the autism spectrum

We need churches committed to welcoming children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum of typical to high intelligence and affording them opportunities for using their considerable gifts and talents to advance the mission of the church.

The stories you’ve shared about mental health and the church

The stories you’ve shared about mental health and the church

The most troubling aspect of the stories shared by Mary Ann and others is that their experiences reflect poorly upon the character of God as reflected through the words and actions of the church. We can and must do a lot better in sharing Christ's love and the message of the Gospel with our friends and neighbors with mental illness and welcoming them into the fellowship of the church.

Resources for readers of Mental Health and the Church

Resources for readers of Mental Health and the Church

Now that our model to assist churches in developing a mental health inclusion strategy is publicly available, I'd like to spread the word about some of the tools and resources our Key Ministry team has developed to assist readers serving on ministry teams seeking to implement the ideas presented in the book.

 

For such a time as this... Mental Health and the Church

For such a time as this... Mental Health and the Church

Are you called to be part of God’s plan for those he loves with mental illness? Has God prepared you beforehand for this task? Have you come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

We're looking for some people to join us on a mission from God

We're looking for some people to join us on a mission from God

Our Key Ministry team is looking to assemble a launch team to help the world discover the resources available through Mental Health and the Church. We're looking for friends with access through social media to pastors, church leaders, persons with mental illness and their loved ones who are willing to share their platforms with us to help get the word out to those likely to be most interested in mental health inclusion ministry.