Mental health is not a subject we discuss well in the church. But at any given time, about 20% of your church and leaders are struggling with various mental health issues.
Brett Ullman, a nationally respected speaker and authority on parenting and teens, talks about how his struggles started and how to respond in the church and in leadership when mental health struggles arise.
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3 Insights from This Episode
1. Meeting mental health needs involves engaging multiple resources
Brett found that the healthiest way for him to work towards healing wasn’t by focusing on one specific method, but to intentionally seek out a variety of care options that exercised his mind, body and soul. Emotional, physical and spiritual needs can be engaged in multiple ways. Here’s his simplified layout:
MIND – counseling (someone other than family and friends)
BODY – medical care, physical activity, diet, rest
SOUL – pastor, church community, prayer
2. The reasons we endure pain fall into 5 categories
1. We live in a fallen world.
2. We live with the effects of other’s sins.
3. We live with our own sinful nature.
4. We live against the spiritual forces of evil.
5. We live in God’s discipline and discipleship.
3. Here are resources where you can find further education or quickly access help for mental health
Quotes from This Episode
Does Church in Canada Have to Stay Small?
So you would love to reach more people, but how? Your church just can’t seem to sustainably grow past the 200 barrier.
You’re reaching new families every month, but it’s like pouring water into a leaking bucket: you just can’t grow past your current plateau. What gives?
Breaking 200 Without Breaking You can help you and your team break through the barrier 85% of churches never move past: the 200 attendance barrier.
So many leaders who try to break it either get stuck at 50, 100 or 200 in attendance or burned out in the process of trying.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Believe it or not, the reasons most churches never break 200 aren’t spiritual reasons, they’re practical reasons. Strategic reasons.
The course tackles eight key issues that keep churches from passing the 200 barrier and beyond. It includes:
- 8 videos designed to guide you and your leadership team through all the key growth barriers smaller churches face.
- 150 page downloadable workbook for you and your team.
- 12 licenses, so you can take your entire team through it—board, staff, key volunteers—whoever you want (that’s about $20 a person).
- A bonus cheat sheet with access to 20 free resources designed to take you further.
- A private Breaking 200 Facebook Group access exclusive to the first 1000 purchasers.
So whether your church is 50, 150 or 250 in attendance, the principles will help you gain the insight you need to break the barrier more than 85% of churches can’t break.
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Next Episode: Mark Clark
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