Pastors and Mental Illness
After more than 40 years in church life, I have never heard a pastor share from the pulpit about mental illness. I understand the reticence as it is very much a specialist field, medically and psychologically, but I wonder whether those reasons are sufficiently valid when the issue touches more areas of life than just those specified. Its impact encroaches on family and social interactions, not absolving the church family. The stigma that an individual and their family face is at times overwhelming, and the caregiving burdensome. Mental illness is not going away in our highly stressed cities.
Quite apart from specialist oversight, a lay volunteer group within a church community – orientated and trained – is best positioned to assist the overly stressed families and individuals in need.
Lifeway Research has done the Christian community a great service in highlighting certain aspects of this need.
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