Influence Magazine | Mental Health and the Church | Book ReviewThe church across North America has struggled to minister effectively with children, teens, and adults with common mental health conditions and their families. One reason for the lack of ministry is the absence of a widely accepted model for mental health outreach and inclusion. Stephen Grcevich presents a simple and flexible model for mental health inclusion ministry for implementation by churches of all sizes, denominations, and organizational styles. The model is based upon recognition of seven barriers to church attendance and assimilation resulting from mental illness: stigma, anxiety, self-control, differences in social communication and sensory processing, social isolation and past experiences of church. Seven broad inclusion strategies are presented for helping persons of all ages with common mental health conditions and their families to fully participate in all of the ministries offered by the local church. The book is also designed to be a useful resource for parents, grandparents and spouses interested in promoting the spiritual growth of loved ones with mental illness.
Mental Health and the Church: A Book Review
The books included in this section have been lifted up in our e-Spotlights. In most cases there is a link to purchasing these books. Available on Amazon. Patrick J. Kennedy, the former congressman and youngest child of Senator Ted Kennedy, details his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction, exploring mental health care's history in the country alongside his and every family's private struggles. Available from the Wesleyan Publishing House.
Most of us know someone who is in counseling, on medication, or has even taken his or her own life as a result of a mental illness. There are many difficult issues for Christians to talk about, and mental health would certainly be near the top of that list. Yet, this is a conversation the Church needs to have. Suicide may be one of the most complex and demanding topics of all. Over the past few years, the discussion has felt forced, especially when the event is connected to high-profile suicides of prominent Christian leaders or their family members and close associates.
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When my husband came home from the hospital after a suicide attempt, our fridge stayed its usual empty. Spoiler alert: Mental illness is not as exciting as it looks on the big screen. Heather Vacek, associate professor of Church History at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, explores the successes and failures of addressing mental illness from colonial times through the modern means of today. Great sin must be the event preceding complex psychological or demonic infestation. Biblical passages offer this same terminology and etiology. In Matthew 9, Jesus rids a man of physical paralysis by proclaiming the forgiveness of his sins, and similarly whilst casting out demons. But while popular verses like Philippians bring many of us strength and peace, do they also protect us from having to interact with the complex and often taboo nature of mental illness?
Carlson, M. This clear and practical book rejects the idea that hurting people should be condemned for their pain, and it succeeds in equipping churches to provide more effective care for these people. In this book, an Episcopal priest and college professor afflicted by bipolar disorder shares her experiences and wrestles through theological questions pertaining to mental illness. Stanford, Ph. Paternoster Publishing.
Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Email Address. Subscribe to my newsletter. For people who live with mental health conditions, everyday life can be a challenge for a variety of reasons. By definition, a mental illness or disorder comes with symptoms that interfere with daily functioning and can be overwhelming.