If you do not know, I’m a huge fan of what my church has been doing with regards to being at the forefront of mental health within the Church. While I am happy to have helped establish a mental health team, the pastoral leadership that sees this has not only good, but a priority. Many key Christian members in our church also have been supporting the initiative within their own events, including a recent conference we had called Soul Scan.
Soul Scan is a two-day women’s conference that happened last weekend with powerful speakers, testimonies, and worship. The theme was “Is it well with my soul?” to help with the deeper issue of “If it’s not well with my soul, what wells am I running to?” It happened at this time on purpose as March 8, 2022 is International Women’s Day, a secular date to support many women’s initiative and gender equality.
The conference leader asked that we have a mental health table that we were appreciative to be apart of. We had fun grab bags put together by the local mental health and recovery board, mental health education brochures from NAMI to share, flyers from the local counseling agencies as well as the Christian counseling agency we have onsite at the church, among other things. We had several conversations with women, several people that followed up personally, and even had a moment on stage at the end of the conference to quickly talk about mental health resources in the community and at church they could connect with if they needed it.
If you do not have a resource like this, consider how you can partner with local counseling agencies, other churches, or Christian individuals to not only support Christian women, but make sure needs are being met.