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 …

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 …

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 …

Today’s Crises Have Multiplied and Exposed Trauma

September 23, 2020 ...

But the threats are not merely external. We face internal threats as well. Many are anxious or depressed or grieving. Others are full of anger. There is no end in sight. The pandemic has exposed and escalated other crises. Confronting death, living isolated lives, and experiencing continual fear have significantly increased the level of trauma. …

Nicole Martin | Equipping Churches in Trauma Healing

August 15, 2020 ...

NAE President Walter Kim hosts Today’s Conversation, where you’ll hear Nicole explain: How she has seen Bible engagement lead to healing; Why Christian leaders need to come to terms with their own trauma; What steps the Trauma Healing Institute pursues in the healing process; and How a better understanding of trauma helps us in the …

Most Pastors Do Not Feel Equipped for Mental Health Issues

June 2, 2020 ...

“Pastors cannot be expected to have the same level of skill, training and experience as professional therapists,” said Walter Kim, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “Pastors have a shepherding and counseling role to play, but should refer when people need the next layer of care. Pastors should also play a role in …

Care Package for the Church

April 14, 2020 ...

The National Association of Evangelicals teamed with American Bible Society, NAE Financial Health, Billy Graham Center, and Humanitarian Disaster Institute to offer a Care Package for the Church (NAEcarepackage.com).  American Bible Society trains pastors and others to facilitate online Trauma Healing groups. NAE Financial Health brings online training to address financial sustainability for pastors and churches. …

Mental Illness, Suicide and the Church

July 15, 2018 ...

In Today’s Conversion podcast, which is hosted by NAE President Leith Anderson, you’ll learn: What the most common forms of mental illnesses are in the United States; How social media and Internet use impact the mental health of young people; What roles churches and medicine play in treatment; and How to address the stigma of …