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Dealing with Depression During the Holidays

Thanksgiving is here-- but likely, you or someone you know may be experiencing a little more heaviness this season. Maybe some long-held traditions cannot happen this year. Maybe there are some empty seats and missing recipes. We have a surplus of reasons to be feeling “off” this November and it is imperative to our ministries that we understand what is really going on when dealing with depression.


2 Ways to Know: It's Not Them. It's You.

When discord occurs in a marriage, relationship or even friendship, we are quick to point out the flaws in others. Here are two truths from Dr. Terry Hargrave to help us “pull out the log” in our own eye before pointing blame at our partner.


Anxiety And Our Children: 2 Insights We Can't Ignore

Mental health concerns are dramatically escalating among our youth. However, there still remains a “code of silence” around this issue in the church. Here are two insights we can’t ignore when it comes to anxiety and our children.


Landmark Study, Developed in Conjunction with the Barna Group, Looks at 'Restoring Relationships'

The newly released study, Restoring Relationships: How Churches Can Help People Heal and Develop Healthy Connections, provides a data-rich understanding of the current state of relationship crises. Developed in partnership between the Boone Center for the Family and the Barna Group, the report was more than a year in the making and takes a deep dive into the current climate of mental, emotional and relational health through issues.

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From Pain to Peace: How Cindy Resolved Her Own Question of Singleness

One effective tool for self-reflection is the pain and peace cycle. By studying the deep-rooted causes and beliefs of our pain, we are better able to identify and disrupt this pain cycle by changing our patterns in thought, and in action.


1 Quote to Reframe Your Thinking on Pornography and the Church

In an article shared for the RelateStrong | Leadership Series eBook, Jeff (a former pastor and marriage and family therapist) discusses his personal experiences with pornography and shame. From the book: “According to the Christian Newswire, I am not alone in the chronic struggle with shame. It is reported that 68% of Christian men and 50% of pastors confessed to viewing porn weekly."


The "A" Word in Church: Addressing Addiction From the Pulpit

Addiction is a heavy issue with widespread effects — not only on the user themselves, but on their friends and families. From the pulpit to churchwide programs, here are 8 ways to tackle this serious issue with your church community.

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What Does the Bible Say About Self-Care?

Leading the church when we feel pain, anxiety, or uncertainty of where God wants to move the Church can be exhausting. We are finding ourselves in a crisis within a crisis and many of our communities have been expressing the need for restoration. Every planning meeting about how to do church in the wake of coronavirus now complicated by deep desires to respond to the issues of social injustice correctly can feel overwhelming.

On-Demand Webinar: When Finances Feel Out of Control

In the last of our five-part webinar series aimed at guiding church leaders and congregation members through the stressors and worries of COVID-19, speaker Dr. Terry Hargrave took a close look at what for many can be a very stressful subject – finances. You can watch the full on-demand webinar here.

On-Demand Webinar: Dealing With Anxiety in the Age of COVID-19

The fourth entry in our five-part “Coming to a Place of Peace” webinar series looked at anxiety — and the damaging effects it can have, particularly in the age of COVID-19. Sharon Hargrave, Executive Director of the Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine University, opened the discussion by examining the difference between anxiety and depression.