Within the world of mental health, you need to always be learning, always growing, and always adapting or your and your agency will become obsolete. This world of coronavirus is a very clear view of this as many, if not most, counselors have not done telehealth, yet we really have very little option. Pastors who have resisted livestream now have to figure out how to do this on the fly or shut their doors.
But change is hard, yet necessary. The video below is by Donald Berwick, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), speaking at the 2001 IHI National Forum as the keynote that touches on this.
We cannot just expect our clients to change, our congregation to seek us out. We must look at where we are and adapt. As Paul says:
Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (NIV)
Even the idea of churches interacting more fully with mental health and mental health providers collaborating with pastors is a very, very new topic for most of the United States and world. But we need to serve all people.
Watch the video and let us know in the comments, what do you think about change?