Anxiety is something that we do. But what drives that anxiety? Essentially, when we identify the underlying roots of our anxiety, we are discovering our pain cycles. This cycle is the pattern that most of us have operated from for the majority of our lives. One of the ways we can understand it is by taking off the “old self” and putting on the “new self.”
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.
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.
A common mental health stigma is that strong Christians cannot experience depression and/or anxiety. But this is most definitely an unfair falsehood.
Helpful and proven strategies for dealing with persistent anxiety and stress.
Four practices frequently used in marriage and family therapist sessions to guide Christians, churches and faith communities through anxiety and depression.
But, it is not uncommon for Christians — including pastors and ministry leaders — to experience depression and anxiety. Look to ur eBook to help your congregation (and even yourself) when struggling with depression.
Help for those facing anxiety and depression in your congregation.
The Bible teaches that we are “changed by the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:2), a scripture which aligns with the truth about anxiety and depression: that concentrated practice can help people change their thought patterns.
When it comes to discussing fear, the passage we often reference is Philippians 4:6. “Do not be anxious about anything,” Paul writes, “but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”