Chaplains and Our PTSD

October 20, 2020 ...

The Mission Chaplains minister to people during the worst times of their lives. Those affected in or after a crisis are emotionally charged or in some state of shock. It is a time when people are most vulnerable. Spiritual care from a chaplain during the crisis usually forever endears them to the ministry. No more …

Amy Black | Civics for Christians

October 15, 2020 ...

In this overview of civics for Christians, you’ll hear NAE President Walter Kim and Amy discuss: How we can apply Scripture to our current political experience; What principles should guide Christians when voting; Whether Christians should join political parties; and What the difference is between “politics” and “policy.” Read a Portion of the Transcript Walter:Churches …

How Science and Faith Work Together for Better Mental and Emotional Health

October 14, 2020 ...

In churches, the topic of “mental and emotional health” is trending across pulpits. Yet due to a lack of mental health education and training, churches have historically been ill-equipped in mental health support. I’m here to discuss the opportunity churches have to be part of a new future where mental and emotional health is amplified …

Prognosis Good for Churches Post-COVID

October 13, 2020 ...

“The coronavirus pandemic has not had an equal impact on the health and ministries of churches across the country. But it’s encouraging to see that evangelical leaders — many of whom lead networks of churches — see the majority of their churches flourishing and blessing their communities through the innovation and entrepreneurship of their leaders,” …

Being Kintsugi People

October 9, 2020 ...

Sometimes during the day, I pause from the work of ministry to look at this bowl, in order to remember what kind of work is ministry. We are new creations remade from the broken pieces of old creation. When we encounter the challenge of mental and emotional health, we feel this labor acutely. Elijah was …

On Pastoring with a Mental Illness

October 8, 2020 ...

How did you first realize that you had a mental health issue? I’ve struggled with depression most of my teenage years, but I never had a name to what I was experiencing. I didn’t know what to call it, I just knew that I battled with sadness. When I was 26 years old, an event …

Evangelical Witness Is Compromised. We Need Repentance and Renewal.

October 6, 2020 ...

For this reason, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and World Relief have published a short sign-on statement of repentance, renewal, and resolve. It is based on the 2004 NAE document For the Health of the Nation, an evangelical call to civic responsibility and a guide for public leadership. The statement focuses on eight broad issues of moral …

Is Mental Illness on the Rise?

October 5, 2020 ...

Consistent Overall Rates According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), nearly 20 percent of adults experience at least one mental illness at any point in time. As reported by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, for children and teens, approximately one in six experienced a mental disorder in the most recent year studied. …

Meeting Mental Health Needs in a Church Context

September 29, 2020 ...

Clarify Be clear on what type of services you are providing. Are you offering long-term therapy or a brief mental health check-in? Are you doing some form of mental health assessment? Or perhaps you are providing increased pastoral counseling during this time. Even more likely, you’ve got volunteers who want to be there for those …