Churches are the front line of encountering suffering in large portions of our culture and have the opportunity and responsibility to minister to people with mental illness, say two psychiatrists trained in theology.
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A retired Baptist pastor whose ministry has revolved around social justice says doing grows out of being. Long-term social justice ministry cannot be sustained without a consistent spiritual practice.
Though it receives little attention in the West, access to mental health care is one of the most critical health issues in Africa, says a Kenyan psychiatrist.
The ancient art form of rock balancing offers Christian leaders lessons on patience, creativity, attention to detail and joy.
Losing weight has improved the Rev. Eldrick Davis' health and renewed his energy for ministry. Photo by Alex Maness
At one time, Pastor Eldrick Davis couldn’t preach without a portable oxygen tank. Last year, he lost more than 100 pounds with the support of his congregation and a Duke program to help pastors lose weight and improve their health.
An Arkansas-based program called Renew offers a retreat and relationship support to United Methodist clergy and their spouses.
In this excerpt from the book “So Much Better: How Thousands of Pastors Help Each Other Thrive,” the authors examine a Christian Reformed Church peer group that spent time outdoors in prayer and reflection.