Mental illness can be difficult to recognize physically. It tends to lay hidden beneath the surface. Many people are ashamed to admit they struggle with a mental illness, and some may not even know they have one.
This can be particularly painful and poignant for people in a church where mental health issues are not readily addressed or prayed for in public worship—especially so when all one sees in the congregation are polished and beautiful people with their smiling faces and seemingly perfect lives. How easy it is to forget that there is a broken heart in every person and in every pew, and that “together-looking” people may just be putting on their Sunday best.
Most people believe that mental health issues are rare, but in fact, according to Mental Health America (MHA), they are quite common, with “over 54 million Americans suffering from some form of a mental disorder within a given year” and “more than 200 classified forms of mental illness.” Along with each of these forms comes a wide range of severity as well.
Whether it be mild depression, anxiety, phobia, mental breakdown, or even severe cases like manic/depression or schizophrenia, what can a church do? What encouragement can we find in Scripture and the church if we are living with a mental illness? Read more»
Matt Mullininx | “Five Ways To Respond To Mental Illness In The Church” | April 1, 2022
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