Q&A: How Can I Ask My Church for Help with Mental Illness?

I receive a lot of inquiries from people asking for advice about living with mental illness, loving someone with a mental disorder, and doing ministry among people with mental illness and their families. I can’t offer the kind of advice and help a mental health professional can give, but I can point people in the […]

5 Questions to Help You Own Your Leadership Style

“People keep telling me I’m a leader, but I’ve never really seen myself that way. Now I find myself in this leadership role, and I don’t really know how it’s supposed to look.” Sometimes my coaching clients say things like this. They feel overwhelmed by the expectations of leadership and feel like imposters in their […]

Guest Post: Mental Illness, Prayer, and Extravagant Grace

Please enjoy this post from Catherine P. Downing (at the end of this post, you can learn a little more about her and her resources for families living with mental illness). Catherine is a writer, an advocate, and a consultant. She’s also mother to a son affected by serious mental illness, and she practices what […]

Your (Small) Community Can Change the Narrative on Mental Illness

Two weeks ago, I traveled to Wichita, Kansas, to speak at a banquet celebrating and supporting HopeNet, a nonprofit organization that has brought hope to Wichita for more than 25 years. HopeNet provides counseling services at reduced rates (based on income level) for as little as $15 per session. The organization also offers spiritual direction, […]

Want to Live Boldly? Get a Coach

A year and a half ago, Shannon Miller was feeling trapped in her teaching career. “I was unfulfilled, but I didn’t feel like I had a lot of other options for what I could do.” She was also noticing that she often found herself in situations that called for her to lead others—but she had […]

Your Disaster Zone Is God’s Construction Zone

Last year my family visited the National September 11 Memorial in New York City. It’s a solemn work of art, bringing life and a bit of peace to a place of death and destruction. As my family and I paused there, I found myself grateful that the project’s architects had not covered over the places […]

Video Post: Mental Illness—Churches Are Responding

I write and talk a lot about what we need to do to respond to the needs of people with mental illness. I frequently point out what churches can start doing or do better. But some churches and ministry organizations are doing good work here, or hosting catalytic conversations. So I wanted to take a […]

Think Beauty and Artistry Aren’t Important? Think Again.

“It doesn’t matter.” I feel troubled whenever I hear a fellow Christian say something like this about beauty, creativity, or quality. I’ll admit a good portion of my distress comes from the clash it presents with my personal values: each of these words appears high on the list of what matters to me. And if […]

Q&A: Isn’t It Selfish to Pursue What I Want in Life?

I receive a lot of inquiries from people asking for advice about living with mental illness, loving someone with a mental disorder, and doing ministry among people with mental illness and their families. Occasionally I share some of these interactions here, for the benefit of others who may have similar questions. But those aren’t the […]

Remember, Mental Illness Doesn’t Tell the Full Story

In the history of this world, no one has told more lies than the father of lies himself. But mental illness plays a close second. Earlier this week, Irish singer Sinead O’Connor posted a video on Facebook, claiming she was alone in a hotel room in New Jersey, she was without support, and everyone she […]

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