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Ministry Resources for Medical Living Spaces

Living Spaces:   MultiFamily   Student   Military   Correctional   Medical   SingleFamily
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Ministry Resources for  Medical Living Spaces

Each of the six medical living spaces offers a unique ministry situation.  Below are ministry resources that describe and discuss each of the medical living contexts.

Nursing Care Ministry Resources

Ideas for Nursing Home Ministries
by Joy Bolton, Ada Smith, Gina Howard

Published by the WMU, this book explains how to start a nursing home ministry and gives ideas and tips.

The Elderly in God's Word: Message Outlines For A Nursing Home Ministry
by Travis Burke

Written to help those who minister in nursing homes to effectively share the gospel with residents, staff and visitors. Author is a Baptist pastor.

Nursing Home Chronicles: Strengthening the Saved, Saving the Lost
by Paul G. DeNeui

For the past several years, I had had many secular jobs. Now I was unemployed and looking for work again. Toward the middle of October 2009, I was sensing a call to minister in nursing homes. Several years ago, we had ministered in nursing homes. We had four nursing homes and went to each one once a month on Sunday afternoons. This time the call was different. It seemed like I was to do it full-time. I am a preacher’s kid, grew up in the church. My dad pastored for 40 years. I had worked in the …

Nursing Home Ministry- Where Hidden Treasures Are Found
by Bill Goodrich, Tom McCormick

A handbook for nursing home ministry. Topics Include: -Nursing home ministry in the Bible - Meeting the spiritual needs of nursing-home residents -Evangelism in the nursing home - What to say when you don't know what to -How to actively listen -How to lead a resident to Jesus -How to prepare a devotional/Bible study -Suggested models for worship services and Bible studies -Sharing Jesus with people that have dementia -Recruiting your pastor and church members -Keeping the care team together -Min…

Nursing Home Ministry
by Chong Sung Lee

In this book, Rev. Dr. Chong Sung Lee carefully examines the current problems surrounding the spirituality for nursing home residents and addresses these problems by introducing a new model based on the church. More specifically, this book seeks to change the form of care from one that is focused only on the physical health of the body to one that cares for the whole person—both physically and spiritually. The church-centered nursing home will provide medical care as well as a sustained spiritua…

The Nurse's Calling: a Christian spirituality for caring for the sick
by Mary Elizabeth O'Brien

In this caring, timely book veteran nurse researcher and nurse educator Mary Elizabeth O'Brien provides a spiritual perspective on the professional nurse's vocation of caring, Grounding each chapter in scripture, she beautifully explores the Christian nurse's call to love as Jesus loved: without discrimination, without reserve and sometimes without reward.In sharing some thoughts on favorite scripture passages that might be meaningful to nurses, O'Brien includes anecdotes derived from her clinic…

A Sacred Covenant: The Spiritual Ministry of Nursing
by Mary Elizabeth O'Brien

New from celebrated author Mary Elizabeth O'Brien, A Sacred Covenant: The Spiritual Ministry of Nursing focuses on the nurse’s personal spirituality and spiritual needs and is a great companion to her other books especially Spirituality In Nursing: Standing on Holy Ground. Each chapter is based in scripture, both Old and New Testament, providing a broad spiritual grounding for the topics discussed

Spirituality In Nursing: Standing on Holy Ground
by Mary Elizabeth O'Brien

Spirituality in Nursing: Standing on Holy Ground, Fifth Edition explores the relationship between spirituality and the practice of nursing from a variety of perspectives, including: * Nursing assessment of patients' spiritual needs * The nurse's role in the provision of spiritual care * The spiritual nature of the nurse-patient relationship * The spiritual history of the nursing profession * Contemporary interest in spirituality within the nursing profession This Fifth Edition includes a new cha…

Nursing Home Visits
by Marlene Polar

So here we have a book about visiting nursing homes. It also applies to visiting assisted living homes. Included are ideas to enliven the life of your loved one. This includes gifts you can bring them and how you can improve the time you visit with them. Given are the ins and outs of nursing home living. I also explain death and heaven. I tell you how you can participate in the health care choices for your loved one. There are 48 chapters filled with stories, experiences and advice.

Nursing Home Ministry: How To Develop and Maintain a Powerful and Effective Ministry
by Roland Scroggins

Guidelines for starting and maintaining a nursing home ministry from a church that has done this for more than 20 years.

Called to Care: a Christian Worldview for Nursing
by Judith Allen Shelly and Arlene B. Miller

Nursing keeps changing. The role of the nurse grew out of a Christian understanding of the human person as created in the image of God, and viewed the body as a living unity and the "temple of the Holy Spirit" (1 Cor 6:19). Contemporary nursing, however, is increasingly characterized by a diminished understanding of personhood. The impact on patient care has proven confusing and discouraging to many nurses. In the newly revised and expanded Called to Care: A Christian Worldview for Nursing, Judi…

With God's Oldest Friends: Pastoral Visiting in the Nursing Home
by Henry C. Simmons, Mark A. Peters

A practical guide for both ministers and volunteers, this book shows how to plan an effective nursing home visit, relate to the staff, administer sacraments, and handle personal fears and reactions.

Hearts Touching Hearts Nursing Home Ministry
by Sarah V. Tinsley

Outlines the ten basic steps for organizing a nursing home adoption ministry, and is designed for churches and other service oriented groups. Parents will enjoy introducing this ministry to their children. Both residents and visitors feel they are the ones blessed! Author is a graduate of Southeastern and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminaries. She has served as a youth minister and in resort ministries in Mississippi, North Carolina and Colorado.

Building a ministry for homebound and nursing-home residents
by Marie White Webb

Sound information about the needs and characteristics of the frail elderly; - Helpful advice for organizing and implementing a visitation ministry; - Suggestions for leading worship in care facilities; - Guidance in dealing with grief, fears, and end-of-life issues; - A model for training volunteers.

Home Health Care Ministry Resources

Healthcare Ministry: refounding the mission in tumultuous times
by Gerald A. Arbuckle

Never before have healthcare institutions faced a more chaotic and threatening environment. Rising costs, aging populations, and a lack of medical insurance have forced healthcare in the Western world to undergo a tumultuous change. The Christian healthcare ministry has added problems. With increasingly complex medical-ethical challenges and the continuing struggle to maintain financial viability while insisting on a preferential option for the poor, there is an urgent need for Christian healthc…

Walking Alongside: the essence of parish nursing
by Barbara Caiger

This is a book about the practice of a healing ministry in a faith community. The concept of parish nursing is a burgeoning field in nursing practice today and this book offers practical guidelines, tips, and wonderful stories of parish nursing ministry. This book is intended for faith communities, nurses, nursing instructors, faith community leaders, physicians in family practice, and anyone interested in the field of parish nursing. There is useful information for everyone. Barbara's role evol…

Spiritual Caregiving: Healthcare as a Ministry
by Verna Benner Carson, Harold G. Koenig

With today?s cumbersome insurance procedures, government regulations, endless paperwork, and concerns about malpractice rates, many healthcare professionals are asking: "Why am I doing this? Am I making a difference to my patients? Is there a better way?and if so, what is it?" In this book, Carson and Koenig examine the state of the healthcare system with the goal of providing healthcare professionals and caregivers the inspiration and practical tools to re-claim their sense of purpose. The book…

The healing church: practical programs for health ministries
by Abigail Rian Evan

"Dr. Evans has written a balanced, persuasive prescription for promoting health in the church's healing ministry. She skillfully blends historical and theological scholarship with practical applications that will encourage churches to restore their historic tradition of healing." Abigail Rian Evans is the Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Practical Theology and academic coordinator of field education at Princeton Theological Seminary. She founded and directed (1983-1991) the National Capital He…

Faith And Community Nursing: scope and standards of practice
by Health Ministries Association, American Nurses Association

A foundational book, it articulates the essentials of this nursing specialty, its activities and accountabilities-the who, what, when, where, and how of practice-at all care levels and settings. Describing as it does the professional expectations for faith community nursing, this book is a core resource for the nurse who has chosen to focus professionally on the needs and characteristics of a faith community. The standards themselves-six for nursing practice and nine for nursing professional per…

Ministry to the Homebound: A Ten-Session Training Course
by Kent C. Miller

This 10-session training course helps ministers train for caring for the homebound. It provides background on building a caring ministry, session plans and contains handouts to photocopy.

Parish nursing
by Mary Elizabeth O'Brien

Parish nursing has been shown to have a positive impact on the spiritual well-being and quality of life of chronically ill parishioners. Now recognized as a specialty of nursing by the American Nurses Association, the emerging role of the parish nurse strengthens partnerships between churches, the community, and health care providers.

Health Ministries: a primer for clergy and congregations
by Deborah L. Patterson

Answers the unique questions and concerns clergy have about starting and maintaining a health ministry program within their congregations.

The essential parish nurse
by Deborah L. Patterson; contributors, Mary Ann Brischetto... [et al.

If you are considering becoming a parish nurse and/or want to learn more about parish nursing, this book is a must. Deborah Patterson makes a convincing case for parish nursing and then proceeds to explain how to design a parish nurse program that can benefit your congregation.

Parish Nursing: a handbook for the new millennium
by Sybil D. Smith, editor

Make parish nursing an alternative to shrinking healthcare resources! Because of shrinking healthcare resources, both human and monetary, parish nurses in the future will be called upon to deal with rising numbers of elderly and the end-of-life issues that accompany aging. Parish Nursing: A Handbook for the New Millennium is a guide to designing programs that can complement a congregation's ministry priorities for senior adults, identifying strengths to reinforce and weaknesses to avoid. Storie…

The Health Cabinet: How to Start a Wellness Committee in your Church
by Jill Westberg-McNamara

Recommended for church committees who are interested in starting a Parish Health Ministry (Wellness) program. This book outlines every step from the beginning -- taking a survey of the congregation's needs to how to progress to the next steps. It is very helpful and useful. It is recommended for any group anticipating beginning a health ministry in a congregation.

Hospice Care Ministry Resources

Peaceful Journey: A Hospice Chaplain's Guide to End-of-Life
by Matthew P. Binkewicz

Peaceful Journey examines the spiritual issues facing terminally ill patients and their families. Each chapter introduces the reader to a person with a spiritual issue that needs immediate attention. The book opens with the story of an 85-year-old African-American woman who wonders if God hears her prayers. Other chapters explore loneliness, isolation, the dignity and value of every human being, honesty and openness, patience and persistence, why pain and suffering exist, the actual death and th…

Hospice, a labor of love
by [Denise] Glavan, [Cindy] Longanacre, [John] Spive

Sharing stories of real people they have encountered as professional hospice caregivers, the authors explore both the practical and philosophical aspects of the hospice movement. Straightforward and nontechnical in approach, Hospice, A Labor of Love offers help and inspiration to hospice volunteers, pastoral counselors, and the families of those who are receiving hospice care.

Midwife for Souls:
by Kathy Kalina

The first edition of this text was so beloved that it sold over 30,000 copies now it s your turn to discover why! Kathy Kalina, a certified hospice and palliative nurse, describes the physical as well as spiritual signs of the dying process in Midwife for Souls. She offers years of qualified experience and spiritual wisdom that will inform and comfort caregivers and loved ones. Caregivers, friends, and family members often feel unsure of what to say or do as they care for the terminally ill. Thi…

Three Weeks in Africa: The Missional Work of Hospice
by Donna Kasik

"We as the American hospices are not sent to help the poor African hospices, but to deepen relationships with them, to assess needs and to discover how they function. We can share our knowledge with them, and they in turn can share their knowledge and insight with us." Hospice and Palliative Care is a new concept in Africa, and is established, funded and carried out in different ways than American hospices. The author's 3-pronged purpose in writing this book is to: 1) Approach hospice care from …

Dying: Not Dead: The Memoirs Of A Hospice Chaplain
by Clarence R. Kelley

DYING BUT NOT DEAD is a book about end of life care. It takes a look at how we often times see the dying. It is an observation from the Hospice Chaplain as to how we often respond to those who have been given a terminal diagnosis. It is also a glimpse of the Patients emotional, Psychological and Spiritual response to death and dying. The intent of the book is that we become better listeners to those we companion during end of life care. It is about listening to them and hearing what they have to…

Hospice of Faith
by Christiana LaCross

Hospice of Faith is a collection of experiences in a hospice nurses' journey with her patients, their families, and the Lord. The experiences reveal how faith grows as we exercise our faith in our walk with God. She assures the reader that God is with us in our journey. I recommend this book to anyone, anywhere in their walk of faith.

Hospice Voices: Lessons for Living at the End of Life
by Eric Lindner

As a part-time hospice volunteer, Eric Lindner provides companion care to dying strangers. They’re chatterboxes and recluses, religious and irreligious, battered by cancer, congestive heart failure, Alzheimer’s, old age. Some cling to life amazingly. Most pass as they expected. In telling his story, Lindner reveals the thoughts, fears, and lessons of those living the ends of their lives in the care of others, having exhausted their medical options or ceased treatment for their illnesses. In each…

At the Edge of Life: Conversations When Death Is Near
by Richard L. Morgan

Drawing on 60 years of experience as pastor, hospice chaplain, volunteer, and friend to dying persons, Richard Morgan offers perspective and advice to people coping with a family member, friend, or patient who is approaching the time of death. These 30 meditations take us from accepting our own mortality and the impending death of someone we care about through "making preparations," "finding closure," and "dying moments." In each meditation Morgan uses personal stories and scripture to lead into…

Faith in hospices: spiritual care and the end of life
by Derek Murray

Faith in Hospices explores the work of hospices and the role of the clergy of all denominations, and others involved in pastoral care, within them. Derek Murray raises some profound questions facing the hospice movement, and the chaplains who work within it, in today's secularised world: what is the special role of the chaplain? what about those of other faiths, and none? what happens when respect for the dying conflicts with other principles or wishes? what about the use of resources? Derek Mu…

Ministry to the Dying
by Janice J. Potter, PhD

Janice found herself repeatedly ministering to those who were about to die. Why was this happening to her? What did it mean? Was it all merely coincidence? Janice began to pray about it and God confirmed it: Janice had A Ministry to the Dying. In her Christian life, Janice began to notice a unique set of events that began to recur in which she would be inspired by God to do certain things, and found that she was repeatedly ministering to those who were about to die, to leave this world and go on…

Walking Through the Valley: Diary of a Hospice Chaplain
by Curtis E. Smith, PhD, PsyD

Walking through the Valley explores terminal patients' struggle with life, death, and spirituality at the end of their life journey. Medical research reveals prayer does make a difference: healing, physical remission, and peace of mind occur through prayer. There appears to be a paradox: many believe that healing can only be of a physical nature, when, in fact, healing exhibits itself in different perspectives. Walking through the Valley is a compilation of true stories about patients living wit…

Death Angel: The Journey of a Hospice Chaplain
by Deborah Wood

An instruction manual on how to conduct oneself as a hospice chaplain.

Long Term Hospital Ministry Resources

Hospital visitation manual
by Perry H. Biddle

A field manual for giving pastoral care to the sick. In addition to general hospital visitation information, special sections describe the emotional and spiritual needs of patients with a wide variety of illnesses and highlight the therapeutic value of using appropriate humor. Includes Scripture passages, prayers, and hospital service suggestions.

Basic Types of Pastoral Care and Counseling
by Howard Clinebell, Bridget Clare McKeever

Basic Types of Pastoral Care and Counseling remains the standard in pastoral and counseling. This third edition is enlarged and revised with updated resources, methods, exercises, and illustrations from actual counseling sessions. This book will help readers be sensitive to cultural diversity, ethical issues, and power dynamics as they practice holistic, growth-oriented pastoral care and counseling in the parish.

Hospital Ministry: the Role of the Chaplain Today
by Lawrence E. Holst (Editor)

This helpful handbook explores the various roles chaplains fill, and the tasks they perform in the hospital setting. It examines procedural questions, ethics, and ministering in a multicultural contexts suffused by grief, anxiety, and loss. This book includes a forward by ethicist and life-long minister Martin E. Marty.

Hospital Preaching as Informed by Bedside Listening
by Cajetan N. Ihewulezi

Hospital Preaching as Informed by Bedside Listening states the great need to sit down face to face and attentively listen to stories, experiences, and feelings of patients. These bedside encounters with patients can well inform the preacher (chaplain or pastoral minister) and can result in more effective liturgical preaching in hospitals, hospice, prison, and nursing home settings. This book aims to improve pastoral care ministry of the sick. This pastoral approach provides a homiletical guide f…

Heaven Touches Earth Through Hospital Ministry: Handbook for Clergy and Lay Visitors
by Derry James-Tannariello, BCC

She had been killed in an automobile accident. Her husband was in route to the hospital. I met their minister in the hospital corridor. In utter desperation, he cried, "I feel so uncomfortable coming to the hospital. It's such a foreign environment. I don't know what to say or do. I've never done this before. Please tell me what to do." The patient said,"My pastor doesn't make hospital visits. He can't handle hospitals." When the unexpected arises and you find your parishioners hospitalized, are…

The hospital visit: a pastor's guide
by Michael L. Kirkindol

Hospital visitation is one of the most intimidating tasks new clergy face. Afraid of not knowing what to say when faced with situations of serious illness and death, uncertain of how to negotiate the maze of the medical establishment, unsure of themselves in the pastoral role generally, new pastors often don't know where to turn for help and advice about this central, yet tough, aspect of ministry. The Hospital Visit: A Pastor's Guide will help provide just this kind of guidance. Written with…

The lay pastoral worker's hospital handbook
by Neville A. Kirkwood

As Christians, each of us – clergy and lay alike – has a unique call to ministry. In many denominations today, lay people are responding to this call by tending to the spiritual needs of those who are sick and dying. Here is a practical guide to the art of hospital visitation for trained lay workers, written by a hospital chaplain with nearly twenty years’ experience. With Jesus as theological model for lay workers in their ministry, the author presents practical approaches to hospital visits, w…

Pastoral care in hospitals
by Neville A. Kirkwood

Bringing comfort and concern to the bedside of the sick or dying is a challenge for lay people and clergy alike. In this practical guide, Neville Kirkwood shares his wisdom–gleaned from some twenty years of experience as a hospital chaplain–on the art of hospital visitation. This classic handbook is now updated, with an all-new section addressing best practices for hospital chaplains. Pastoral Care in Hospitals, with additional sections addressed to clergy and trained lay pastoral workers, as w…

A practical guide to hospital ministry: healing ways
by Junietta Baker McCall, DMin

Examine a meaningful, integrated, systemic, and pragmatic view of hospital ministry! A Practical Guide to Hospital Ministry: Healing Ways is a comprehensive resource that examines the roles and responsibilities of hospital chaplains. It will help you make a shift toward a knowledge- and skill-based ministry that both incorporates and goes beyond current training approaches. In the words of author McCall, “In today’s healthcare and specialized ministry services, education and training must be p…

The Basics of Hospital Chaplaincy
by Ronald Mack, Sr.

The author's experience and compassion show through in his choice of topics - to give just the right amount of encouragement and information. This short read challenges me to be a Christ-imitating hospital visitor. --very practical.

Pastoral Prayers for the Hospital Visit
by Sara Webb Phillips (Editor)

Offering prayer is one of the most important parts of a pastor's hospital ministry. These prayers connect persons with the power of God, remind persons who they are as children of God, and sometimes put into words deep experiences of suffering, grief, and pain. These prayers are offered especially for difficult times when you may not be sure how to pray or what to pray for. Also related Bible verses are printed in full.

Refuge: How "Hospital Church" Ministry Can Change Your Church Forever
by James Reeves, Stephen Arterburn (Foreword

It doesn't happen every day that a book this timely is birthed and so experientially written. James Reeves has followed God's call to build a church that echoes Christ call to everyone who is tired and weighed down. In this book, James calls your church to be a church that provides a place for rest. Refuge first emphasizes the benefits of a Hospital Church ministry, second the basis of why to change, third the basics of how to change, fourth the big issue all churches will face, and fifth and la…

Hospital Chaplaincy in the Twenty-First Century
by Christopher Swift

The place of religion in public life continues to be a much-debated topic in Western nations. This book charts the changing role of hospital chaplains and examines through detailed case studies the realities of practice and the political debates which either threaten or sustain the service. This second edition includes a new introduction and updated material throughout to present fresh insights and research about chaplaincy, including in relation to New Atheism and the developing debate about se…

Hospital Visitation Handbook For Ministers
by Bonny Spearman

The Hospital Visitation Handbook for Ministers is a practical guidebook for every pastor, priest, deacon, minister, friend, and family member. This invaluable resource combines the virtues of empathy and faith with the essentials of preparation and training. The Hospital Visitation Handbook provides information on a host of topics, including: preparation for visiting the sick; praying for the sick; special procedures for visiting babies, the elderly, and the mentally ill; visiting comatose or dy…

Hospital Visitation Guide For Ministers
by Bonny V. Banks

The Hospital Visitation Guide for Ministers contains all of the information in the Hospital Visitation Handbook for Ministers plus much more. The Guide provides information and resources pertaining to serious patient care, family and patient counseling and difficult decision-making often experienced by clergy. The Hospital Visitation Guide for Ministers is utilized by pastors, ministerial teams and families throughout the Americas and beyond. As the official training manual for chaplains for sev…

Broken bodies, healing hearts
by Gretchen W. TenBrook

Witness the wonder of divine power when faith in God overcomes human frailty! Broken Bodies, Healing Hearts: Reflections of a Hospital Chaplain provides chaplains, doctors, nurses, psychologists, and counselors with insight into the experiences of individual hospital patients. You'll learn of the suffering that they endure, and what patients and caretakers can learn about themselves and God through their ordeals. This is a wonderful collection of descriptive, personal, and heartfelt essays, eac…

Mental Health Ministry Resources

From Bipolar To The Cross: A real life experience of mental illness and God's healing power.
by Jack E. Bales

In Phillipians 4:13, it states, “You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.” Even when man and the odds are against you, you can achieve many successes. In this sick world we live in, we base success on position and wealth. But the world is full of fear of mental illness, terrorism and crime, and what we want most in life is taken from us, in ever increasing crime and terrorism. What has pulled me though my many adversities is not the short term vision of what is in this world, bu…

Christian Guide to Mental Health
by Scott Donald Bush

This book is vital for those working with people. It helps the reader to understand people that they work and minister to. It will help the reader to understand when they have reached the limit of their ability, and when to refer to a mental health professional. If you want to understand people, understand how their mind and chemistry work, and how to help people to a greater level, this you need this book. The author is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Pastor at a mega church, and is a director at a counseling center.

The pastoral care of people with mental health problems
by Marion L. S. Carson

"The Pastoral Care of People with Mental Health Problems is an invaluable resource to help you provide the best care for those suffering from the most common problems, such as depression, Alzheimer's disease, anorexia, addiction to drugs or alcohol, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and anti-social personality disorder." "As well as outlining the main psychiatric conditions and their treatments, the particular issues facing pastoral workers are examined and some of the ethical issues involved are discussed. Using a wealth of illustrations, the book offers practical advice and guidance for the care of individuals and families who find their lives turned upside down by psychiatric illness." "In cases of severe mental illness it will be necessary to work alongside medical, nursing and social work staff, and guidance is given on how to do this effectively."--BOOK JACKET.

Mental illness and psychiatric treatment
by Gregory B. Collins, Thomas Culbertso

Take your rightful place on the holistic health care team, with the goal of restoring vitality of body, mind, and spirit to people suffering from emotional illness! This book is designed to bring essential knowledge and skills to the religious professional who seeks to provide special ministry to the emotionally troubled. It provides a basic understanding of psychiatric illnesses, theory, and treatment modalities that is certain to enlarge the perspective of the pastoral worker. In addition to an essential overview of psychiatry in general, Mental Illness and Psychiatric Treatment: A Guide for Pastoral Counselors will help you to better serve people suffering from depression, anxiety disorders, chemical dependency, reality impairment, or personality disorders. The book's format is designed specifically to help pastors grasp the principles of intervention in each of these disorders. Each of its five concise clinical chapters follows a four-part format that covers the duties and responsibilities of the clergyman as part of the holistic health care team, consisting of: recognizing the disorder assessing its severity intervening in a crisis counseling in the recovery phase In their experience, the authors have observed that severe emotional or psychiatric illnesses often involve spiritual sickness as well. Spiritual sickness is a complex concept that may take many forms depending on the type of emotional illness it accompanies. Mental Illness and Ps…

The Church Leader's Counseling Resource Book
by Cynthia Franklin Ph.D. (Editor), Rowena Fong (Editor)

This all-in-one guide is designed to better equip clergy and the church leaders to meet their congregations' needs in a spiritually grounded and scientifically sound manner. Succinct, easy-to-read chapters summarize all a pastor needs to know about a given problem area, including its signs or symptoms, questions to ask, effective helping skills, and, most importantly, when to refer to a mental health professional. Synthesizing what research says about treatment approaches for mental health issues, this user-friendly reference is filled with guidelines, case scenarios, key points to remember, resources for further help, advice on integrating scripture and theology with the best available research, and tips on partnering with others to provide the best possible care for each church member. Each chapter is designed for quick lookup by problem area, empowering church leaders to understand and help meet the challenges facing the children, adults, families, and communities that they serve.

The pastoral care of depression: a guidebook
by Binford Winston Gilbert

What is depression, and what are its many and varied types? Who becomes depressed, and how can it be recognized? How can depression be measured, and what are its suicidal potentialities? What are the therapeutic interventions the pastor can use in helping people who are undergoing the pain of depression? The Pastoral Care of Depression: A Guidebook answers these questions and many more. With a focus on the pastor as an instrument of healing in cooperation with families, physicians, and other mental health professionals, this book will help you understand some of the current research and procedures used in helping people suffering from depression. As the frontline mental health workers in many communities, pastors need confidence, competence, and skill in handling people with emotional problems. As Author Binford W. Gilbert explains, “Depression is among the most treatable of major illnesses. It enters the realm of the spiritual and demands the best of the pastoral leader to guide, assist, and enhance the struggle for peace and soundness of mind and body.” The Pastoral Care of Depression helps caregivers by overcoming the simplistic myths about depressive disorders and probing the real issues. This book covers: a thorough description of clinical depression predisposing factors that may lead to depression the need for a multidisciplinary approach, and the role of the pastor on the treatment team the importance of church and family involvement diagnos…

In the Shadow of Our Steeples: Pastoral Presence for Families Coping with Mental Illness
by Stewart D. Govig

In the Shadow of Our Steeples: Pastoral Presence for Families Coping with Mental Illness helps you and other experts and quasi-experts in the field of religious and family counseling to give sound direction and guidance to family members who are caring for a loved one who suffers from mental illness. You'll find many avenues of care and counseling that will greatly enhance your ability to lend support and encouragement in situations where the burden of care seems too great for only a few individ…

The Minister's Guide to Psychological Disorders and Treatments
by W. Brad Johnson and William L. Johnson

The Minister’s Guide to Psychological Disorders and Treatments, 2nd ed, is a thorough yet succinct guide to everything a minister might need to know about the most common psychological disorders and the most useful mental-health treatments. Written in straightforward and accessible language, this is the minister’s one-stop guide to understanding common mental health problems, helping parishioners who struggle with them, and thinking strategically about whether to refer—and if so, to whom. This thoroughly updated edition is fully aligned with the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) and the latest evidence regarding evidence-based psychological treatments. The second edition also contains a new chapter on ministerial triage as well as additions to the DSM-V such as autism spectrum disorder and somatic symptom disorders. Written with deep empathy for the demands of contemporary pastoring, this guide is destined to become an indispensable reference work for busy clergy in all ministry roles and settings.

Counseling Christians for Mental, Emotional, Behavioral, and Spiritual Health
by Steve Johnson, PhD

This short, but comprehensive book explains cognitive behavior therapy/rational emotive behavior therapy (CBT/REBT) informed by traditional Christian religious content and practices to create an effective model to counsel Christians who would like their faith reflected in their psychotherapy. The model has been proven to be helpful with many people for a wide array of mental, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual issues. The book's strengths include the following: The author refrains from using needless psychological jargon The book's "ABC" counseling model is simple to grasp and use The beliefs and practices of traditional Christians are treated respectfully The counseling model set forth in the book can be used immediately to help overcome painful emotions, sabotaging behaviors, and spiritual "stuckness" Counseling Christians for Mental, Emotional, Behavioral, and Spiritual Health is appropriate for secular therapists who counsel Christians, Christian counselors, clergy, lay care givers, graduate students learning how to integrate their faith and psychotherapy, or an individual wanting a clear and concise process for overcoming everyday life hurts.

The Mental Health Bible
by Shirley Powell Layton

The Mental Health Bible is a manual designed to be used by all believers in Jesus Christ and in His miracle working power. Faith in the promises of Christ can provide for believers the abundant life. We can have life and have it abundantly, according to Scripture. The manual will guide believers in how to apply the Word of God to mental health issues, just as is done with physical and material conditions. A very practical and life changing guide.

True Blue: Living with Mental Illness in the Shadow of the Steeple
by Tom Monteith, Tracy Monteith

Have you ever been told to "just get over it" by someone in a position of trust? Are you or someone you know dealing with a mental illness diagnosis and you're ashamed of sharing the news? True Blue is an eye-opening firsthand account of the struggles associated with mental illness in the Christian community, combined with the medical and biblical knowledge required to illuminate the minds of an uninformed world. Walk with Tom and Tracy as they journey from the paralyzing discovery of her illness to a point of acceptance and better understanding. See how this ministry couple courageously tackles the stigma surrounding mental illness in the Church. Watch how they continue to fight this battle on a daily basis, and discover how the pure power of story can change lives!

Counseling for the Soul in Distress: What Every Religious Counselor Should Know About Emotional and Mental Illness, Second Editi
by Richard W. Roukema

This revised edition of The Soul in Distress i is a reader-friendly overview of the full range of adult psychiatric disorders. Updated with new information on genetics, brain scans, heredity, developmental concerns, new medications, and stress, it suggests ways for clergy to assist their congregants suffering from these illnesses and provides ethical guidance and clinical examples, often illustrating how physical disease can affect mental health. It also examines new short-term therapies and ways to handle difficult personalities.

Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church's Mission
by Amy Simpson, Marshall Shelley (Foreword)

Mental illness is the sort of thing we don't like to talk about. It doesn't reduce nicely to simple solutions and happy outcomes. So instead, too often we reduce people who are mentally ill to caricatures and ghosts, and simply pretend they don't exist. They do exist, however, statistics suggest that one in four people suffer from some kind of mental illness. And then there's their friends and family members, who bear their own scars and anxious thoughts, and who see no safe place to talk about the impact of mental illness on their lives and their loved ones. Many of these people are sitting in churches week after week, suffering in stigmatized silence. In Troubled Minds Amy Simpson, whose family knows the trauma and bewilderment of mental illness, reminds us that people with mental illness are our neighbors and our brothers and sisters in Christ, and she shows us the path to loving them well and becoming a church that loves God with whole hearts and whole souls, with the strength we have and with minds that are whole as well as minds that are troubled.

From Bedlam to Shalom: Towards a Practical Theology of Human Nature, Interpersonal Relationships, and Mental Health Care
by John Swinton

This book provides a provocative and original insight into the relationship between human nature and mental health. Drawing on his experience within nursing and hospital chaplaincy, John Swinton explores some vital issues surrounding the theology and practice of mental health care. He works out a model of care-in-community that offers a timely corrective to the individualized therapeutic approaches that have come to dominate the field of mental health studies. ‘From Bedlam to Shalom’ argues that genuine mental health care is the work of the whole church community, carried out primarily through the «forgotten» relationship of friendship. By imaging the radical compassion revealed in the friendship of Jesus, the church can recover a vital communal perspective on mental health care and in so doing, move people closer to their nature as creatures made in the image of a God who is love.

Resurrecting the Person: Friendship and the Care of People with Mental Health Problems
by John Swinton

In Resurrecting the Person, John Swinton argues that while mental illnesses are often biological and genetic in origin, the real handicap experienced by individuals is imposed by the types of reactions, values, and attitudes which are typical of contemporary western society. In other words, how a mental illness is experienced has much to do with how it is socially constructed. How will the church react to this suggestion? Swinton suggests that the key to the effective pastoral care of individuals with severe mental illness lies not only within the realms of psychiatry, therapy, and pharmacological intervention, but in the rehumanization which is borne within the relationship of friendship.