Journal of Mental Health and Ministry

Information to Multiply Care

If you work in ministry people come to you with difficult problems. We know you could use some help. This journal is a collection point for useful and current information of interest to anyone engaged in ministry for mental health. 

The Journal will include original 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
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

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Ministry Strategy

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

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self perception
Counseling

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

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A grieving mom
Grief

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

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From The Writers Desk

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

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From The Executive Producers Chair

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

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A pastor wrestling with his thoughts
Mental Health Stigma

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

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Love the mess
Christian Community

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

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Bread see the way grief is a tool to survive his loss
Grief

Grief As A Helper

Where Does Grief Take Us God gives us grief as a tool.  As time passes on after the death of a loved one, we will

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Jason found mental health stigma at his church
Mental Health Stigma

Mental Health Stigma Solutions

Table of Contents Finding Stories of Mental Health Stigma is Easy Jason found mental health stigma at his church.  The LifeSupport video Fear of Judgement

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Standing On Shore
Christian Community

Caring For A Killer

I Think It’s Complicated A lesson I learned from caring for a killer.  I write almost every day about mental health and ministry.  It often

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Ministry Strategy

Compelling Evidence For Mental Health Ministry

A Call To Action
Recent research into mental health and the church provides compelling evidence and direction for ministry strategies. The findings regarding depression, anxiety and loneliness can’t be ignored by ministry leaders. If a church or ministry really wants to get at the heart of current issues among congregants and believers, they need to face mental health head-on. In today’s blog, we look at

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Person Hiding Mess
Christian Community

Why Is It So Difficult by LifeSupport

There are some things that are really hard to talk about. When it comes to mental health struggles, many of us feel we have to hide our problems because others won’t understand, or that they’ll treat us differently. All around us there are people hiding their pain. This is just as true in our churches as it is in the rest of the world.

Here’s what happens when people don’t hide their messes:

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