Equip and empower your church to respond to mental health … | The Good Samaritan with Jamie Aten and Kent Annan

Increasing numbers of churchgoers are turning to their church for help with mental health issues. However, many pastors and church leaders feel ill-prepared and unsure of how best to support their members in this area.

With the increase in mental health issues in the past two years and the fact that people feel more comfortable going to their church than to medical professionals for support, there is now more than ever a need for ministry leaders to be educated and empowered.

In addition, recent studies show that approximately 70 percent of churchgoers will experience trauma at some point in their lives, and more than 30 percent of pastors are at high or moderate risk of burnout. Even as leaders serve, they must guard their own mental health.

That’s why Spiritual First Aid is joining forces with Hope Made Strong to present the Church Mental Health Summit. This free online event for church leaders is a one-day summit that will be available on demand on Monday, October 10th from 7:00am to 11:59pm ET.

Laura Howe, founder of Hope Made Strong and The Care Ministry podcast, started the event to give free access to top-notch training to any church that wants it. “It is an honor and a privilege to partner with Spiritual First Aid in presenting a gathering of world-class speakers, pastors and people with lived experience to equip the Church around the world,” says Laura.

By attending the Church Mental Health Summit, participants will be equipped with practical tools, engage with Bible-based resources, and learn research-based mental health support strategies. Presentations at the Meeting are organized into 4 areas: Global Health, Community Health, Church Health, and Leadership Health. The sessions are open to all participants free of charge on October 10.

Presenters include prominent leaders in the faith and mental health industry, such as:

  • Dr. Diane Langburg – Psychologist and International Lecturer

  • Dr. Carl Benzio – Medical Director, American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)

  • Dr. Matthew Stanford – CEO, Center and Institute for Hope and Healing

  • Cheryl Nembhard – Founder and Soul Care Coach, The Lighthouse Project

  • Dr. Greg Jantz – Founder, Place of HOPE Center

  • Michelle Neihart – Licensed Professional Counselor, Your Mental Health Coach

  • Kobe Campbell – CEO and Lead Therapist, The Healing Circle

  • JS Park – Hospital chaplain, published author and viral blogger

  • Brad Hoffs – Founder and CEO, Fresh Hope

  • Rich Viladas – Lead Pastor, New Life Fellowship Church.

  • Dr. Xavier Amador – President, LEAP Institute

  • Marty Sawyers – President and CEO, Full Strength Network

  • Steve Gurcevich – President and Founder, Key Ministry

  • Daniel Whitehead – CEO, Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries

  • Kayla Stoecklein – widow, writer and attorney, Rebuilding Beautiful

  • Tad Austin – Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Congregational Engagement, Duke University

After registering, meeting attendees will be given access to a password-protected website with sessions available on October 10. For those wishing to watch sessions after the event for staff and volunteer training, a $79 all-access pass is required. Purchasing an All Access pass gives lifetime access to all summit videos.

Additional information and registration for the event can be found HERE.

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