Month: October 2016

Mental illness and the church

In Troubled Minds Amy Simpson, whose family knows the trauma and bewilderment of mental illness, reminds us that people with mental illness are our neighbors and our brothers and sisters in Christ, and she shows us the path to loving them well and becoming a church that loves God with whole hearts and whole souls, with the strength we have and with minds that are whole as well as minds that are troubled.

Mental illness is the sort of thing we don’t like to talk about. It doesn’t reduce nicely to simple solutions and happy outcomes. So instead, too often we reduce people who are mentally ill to caricatures and ghosts, and simply pretend they don’t exist. They do exist, however—statistics suggest that one in four people suffer from some kind of mental illness. And then there’s their friends and family members, who bear their own scars and anxious thoughts, and who see no safe place to talk about the impact of mental illness on their lives and their loved ones. Many of these people are sitting in churches week after week, suffering in stigmatized silence.

How long should pastors stay in the pulpit?

Our special guest is William Vanderbloemen, the author of Next: Pastoral Succession That Works on effective pastoral leadership and succession. William has been able to combine over 15 years of ministry experience as a Senior Pastor with the best practices of Executive Search to provide churches with a unique offering: a deep understanding of local church work with the very best knowledge and practices of professional executive search.

William Vanderbloemen has a unique gift for helping churches and ministries connect with the right key people. He is regularly invited to speak across the country in both church services and as a resource to churches and conferences on leadership.

An invitation to spiritual mentoring

Our special Dr. Keith Anderson, the author of Reading Your Life’s Story, An Invitation to Spiritual Mentoring. Dr. Anderson is the president of The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Spiritual mentoring is a particular kind of friendship in which, according to Keith R. Anderson, “two or more people walk together in heightened awareness of the presence of yet Another”—the Holy Spirit.

“Spiritual mentoring is not a complicated process that requires technical training and complex protocol,” Anderson continues. “It is essential, authentic, and maybe even natural human speech that is focused, disciplined and nurtured by training for one of the hardest natural things we do: listening reflectively to another. It is sacred companionship as life is lived and story told. Available to almost all, it requires deliberate recruitment, preparation and practice.”

Thriving in Your Career While Staying True to Your Beliefs

Our special guest is Megan Alexander, a correspondent on the top-rated national news magazine television show Inside Edition. Megan is also a special correspondent for CBS’s Thursday Night Football. She has a book called Faith in the Spotlight, Thriving in Your Career While Staying True to Your Beliefs.