When I worked in youth ministry, whether within a church or in a parachurch setting, I discovered a little secret pastors don’t tell anyone. They are human just like everyone else and stress and anxiety are just as bad for them, if not worse. If pastors cannot be successful, how can we have any hope?
Let me first say, this is a very sensitive subject. Suicide is gaining more and more public press with high profile people in the media spotlight committing suicide. Along with that, mental health is becoming more of a normalized topic where people feel they can openly talk about this as we demystify suicide and get the facts about it. If you are worried about yourself or others struggling with suicide, please familiarize yourself with several resources to help support you. Further, if you know someone has suicidal ideation, we ask you review this sheet and take proper precautions.
Also, for churches who have not created a Church Suicide Prevention Policy, go steal that one and copy/paste it into your church policy manual today so you can implement it immediately.
Mental health currently in America has a strong secular investment and the Church is missing from the conversation. We need to change this. Where is the Church? Should we as Christians even care? Aren’t we supposed to not be of this world?
Rick Warren absolutely says it best. Jesus’ life demonstrates we should be showing our love to those who hurt, especially mental health. He notes specifically three points: the historical reason, the Biblical reason, and the practical reason. I would even add there is a compassionate or Holy Spirit reason as well.
Check out the video below.