Over the past 5 weeks, Richard Sweatman and I have been recording a podcast for GrowthGroup/SmallGroup leaders, with advice on how to helpfully deal with people suffering through mental illnesses in their groups.
It’s a very tricky topic, and I still think one of the best pieces of advice from Richard was that we, as leaders, should ask how someone’s mental illness affects them, rather than assume it’s just like the last person we spoke to. There’s always more to say, but I hope these are helpful. They’re each about 10-12 minutes long, so short enough to listen to on a short trip.
Cast #1 – An important framework for pastoring people with mental illness
Cast #2 – Diving into the mental illness conversation
Cast #3 – Leading people struggling with Depression
Cast #4 – Leading people struggling with Anxiety
Cast #5 – Professional services available for people you lead
It is a firm reluctance to trust the word of God as authoritative when people assume they can only be “pastored” by a minister/church staff/gospel worker who has been through what they’ve been through.
The single person CAN do marriage prep with an engaged couple, leading them through it.
The always-employed person CAN minister to the unemployed person.
The heterosexual CAN minister to the one struggling with homosexual desires.
The never-held-a-real-job-other-than-ministry person CAN offer spiritual guidance to the 45 yr old business man.
You don’t need an older wiser person around… As if their life experience has made them wiser. You just need a wise person. And how do we become wise?
from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.