Journal of Mental Health and Ministry

If you work in ministry people come to you with difficult problems. We know you could use some help. The Journal is a collection point for articles from expert ministry and mental health professionals and well as links to helpful resources and research. We hope you will be encouraged and equipped to multiply care in the church and community.

Woman in grief

Grappling With God

Table of Contents It’s Okay To Let Survivors Grapple With God Grappling with God might not sound like a healthy activity.  But, depending on your perspective, grappling with God may be a necessary exercise.  The death of someone close to us creates a terrible new perspective and can bring all kinds of emotions to the survivor: Sadness, anger, regret and …

Who Is The Hero?

LifeSupport – with contribution from Ian Burns Who is the Hero? One of the things we focus on is how we communicate with people about LifeSupport.  We are guided in this area by marketing guru Donald Miller, CEO of StoryBrand.  One of the foundational elements of marketing that Miller teaches is that, rather than us, the customer should be the …

self perception

Perceptions Are Everything

Table of Contents Self Perception Self-perception can trap us in harmful behavior.  Our past experiences create deeply held beliefs about ourselves.  These beliefs can create barriers to changed behavior because our experiences are fundamental to our perceptions of “truth” in the world. “It’s impossible to live right if you believe wrong.” I can’t remember who said this quote, but I …

A grieving mom

Talking About Grief

Table of Contents Before You Speak Out Talking about grief is tricky. When someone loses a loved one, many of us want to help and be supportive.  But, in our desire to act we tend to say to them the first thing that comes to our minds: “I can’t imagine how you feel.” “How are you?” “He/she’s in a better …

Contagious Healing

From The Writer’s Desk – January 30, 2021 I am blessed to help tell the stories of amazingly generous people who have experienced tremendous pain and who have found a way to start healing with God’s help. Everything we do at LifeSupport starts with story because stories help people know each other, and gain insight about the messy parts of …

Front Row Seat

From The Executive Producers Chair – January 23, 2021 One of the joys of also holding a title of Executive Producer, is that I have a front row seat, and have the privilege of participating in all of our productions from start to finish. Often times, I ask the questions for our on-camera interviews, and then am tasked with sitting …

A pastor wrestling with his thoughts

A Pastor’s Suicide

Table of Contents Suicide Among Pastors is a Real Possibility in Your World Suicide among pastors occurs for similar reasons as in any other group of people.  But, suicide among pastors seems different somehow.  In some ways we hold pastors to a different standard.  In our ignorance, we think they shouldn’t react to struggles and mental illness the way the …

Real or Fake

Leadership Transparency Doesn’t Just Grow Your Church

Table of Contents Leadership transparency and mental health Leadership transparency doesn’t just grow your church, it shreds stigma.  Let’s face it, as Christians it can be very difficult to share our struggles with those in church. Leaders, like all of us carry some fear of judgement or shame. However, church leaders carry the burden to walk the walk, which means …

Love the mess

Loving People With Mental Illness

It’s Not Complicated Loving people with mental illness is different than curing them.  Sometimes we complicate things.  A common trap that many church leaders fall into when seeking to help people is attempting to diagnose mental illnesses. Diagnosing a mental illness should be left to mental health professionals. The church should simply be in the business of loving someone the …

Church attenders

Church Attendance Influences Mental Health

Table of Contents Poll – Attending church helps with mental illnesses Church attendance influences mental health according to a recent poll.  These results are surprising to some in light of the state of mental health generally among Americans. With recent factors such as Covid-19, racial tensions, political elections, and financial and job losses, the mental health of Americans has taken …