Mental Illness and the Face of Christ

As I chatted with the church ushers in the sanctuary while they handed out bulletins before worship, we joked that I’d keep my eyes on them to get the signal for when to stop preaching. A gentleman in his eighties smiled and said, “please don’t babble on because then we start squirming in our seats.”Continue reading “Mental Illness and the Face of Christ”

When Your Pastor’s Spouse Has a Mental Illness 

The predominate culture in Christian communities of shame and silence about mental illness leads to unnecessary suffering. Today I’m particularly mindful of the stresses on pastors and their families. Christmas and the weeks leading up to it are (apart from Holy Week and Easter) the most stressful times for pastors and their families. Speaking fromContinue reading “When Your Pastor’s Spouse Has a Mental Illness “

An Unacceptable Truth

As personal stories emerge out of the shadows about ministers who struggle with various levels of mental wellbeing, an unacceptable truth for the church has emerged: it’s not acceptable for spiritual leaders to have a mental illness. I wish such harsh statements were simply fiction. However, it is becoming a familar refrain in conversations aboutContinue reading “An Unacceptable Truth”