Mental Health

Videos

Mental health in the church

Just under 50% of adults in the United States will struggle with mental health at some point in their lives. Though prevalent in our culture, mental health is often left out of discussions when it comes to faith and the church. In this message, Ashley Pitkin breaks down the stigma and shares the power of hope and community in this complex conversation.

Trauma informed Ministry

Heather Thornburg - Chief Program Officer at Amirah Inc. - shares the underpinnings of a trauma informed ministry in this video of her speaking at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. 

Church in Action Podcast: Mental Health Episodes

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In 2021, 38% of pastors seriously considered leaving ministry (Barna Group). Join us as Sean Bowen, Executive Director of Barnabas Ministries, (which serves more than 1,000 pastors globally) shares how pastors can effectively guard their mental health while serving their church families, and how church families can support their pastors' mental health. Listen here!

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Mental health needs have intensified, putting pastors and counselors under strain. Join as we discuss biblical, sustainable ways to minister to our church's needs with Pastor Bobby Warrenburg, Senior Pastor of North Shore Community Baptist Church, founder of North Shore Gospel Partnership, and Director of Vision New England. Listen here!

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Join us and Pastor Enoch Liao, pastor of Boston Chinese Evangelical Church, and Board Chair of Boston Center for Biblical Counseling, as we explore the indicators of a well-formed, godly mental health ministry, and how Christians have historically interacted with and viewed mental health and counseling. Listen here!

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In this episode we talk with Rev. Liz Walker, now retired senior pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church in Boston, MA, where she founded the Corey Johnson Program and Can We Talk. Rev. Liz has successfully instituted and sustained Can We Talk, a "community-designed and driven program that promotes healing from trauma" through conversation. Listen here!

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Creating a loving, godly culture surrounding mental health ministry can be overwhelming to navigate, especially with the overwhelming number of people in need.  Join us and Lucy Houghton, Director of Care Ministries at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT, as we explore the impact of Saddleback Church's program, Hope for Mental Health, on her church community! Listen here!

Podcasts

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Equipping Churches in Trauma Healing

Nicole Martin shares how the Trauma Healing Institute has been equipping pastors and laypeople to facilitate Trauma Healing groups and to experience God’s healing power in their lives and the lives of others. Listen here.

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All Things Life with
Niro Feliciano

Niro Feliciano, cognitive psychotherapist, offers practical strategies she has developed over the last 15 years in private practice and invites you into conversations with experts to help you live your fullest life on her podcast, All Things Life.

Counseling Centers and Programs

 Vermont. Learn more about them here

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Boston Counseling

Bible-based, ___

For counseling in the Boston area, we recommend ___. Contact Pastor Enoch Liao for more information here, at ____. 

You can learn more about the Saddleback program and their mental health ministry starter kit here.

 reach out to Lucy Houghton - Director of Care Ministries at Walnut Hill Community Church - here!

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John 17:23 Groups

Groups for Pastors

If you're a New England pastor, we highly recommend getting connected with John 17:23 Groups__________.  

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Vermont Counseling

Consulting, Training, and more!

For Vermont-based churches in need of consultations, counseling training for individuals and groups, and (of course) counseling, we recommend reaching out to the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation New England (CCEF) in White River Junction, Vermont.

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Hope for Mental Health

Mental Health Ministry Starter Kit

This mental health ministry program from Saddleback Church has been used by churches nationwide, including Walnut Hill Community Church based in CT. If you'd like to learn more about implementing this program in your church, reach out to Lucy Houghton - Director of Care Ministries at Walnut Hill Community Church - here!

Books and Articles

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Four Models of Counseling in Pastoral Ministry

This article by Tim Keller identifies the four main spheres of counseling, the similarities and differences, and how one can engage biblical principles in modern-day counseling. 

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This Book won't make you happy: eight keys to finding true contment

This article by Tim Keller identifies the four main spheres of counseling, the similarities and differences, and how one can engage biblical principles in modern-day counseling. 

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The art of rest: Faith to hit pause in a world that never stops

This article by Tim Keller identifies the four main spheres of counseling, the similarities and differences, and how one can engage biblical principles in modern-day counseling. 

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