Monthly Archives: August 2010

How does Key Ministry help connect churches and families?

Earlier this week, a good friend of our ministry sent me an E-mail in which she put forth a series of questions to better understand what Key Ministry does and how we do it. This past Thursday we discussed how … Continue reading

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What does Key Ministry do?

  A good friend of our ministry wrote me recently to ask for a little clarification of what Key Ministry does. My one line answer: Key Ministry builds bridges to help connect churches with families of kids with “issues.” While … Continue reading

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Pediatric bipolar resources for church staff, volunteers and families

Here are four resources I’d recommend highly to anyone looking to learn more about bipolar disorder in children and teens: Continue reading

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How the Church Can Help Families of Kids With Bipolar Disorder

Not every kid has to come to church to be ministered to by the church. Parents have far more time and opportunity to influence their children than the church does. Parents of a child with bipolar disorder are more likely to know the best strategies for communicating with them in different mood states. Continue reading

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How might bipolar disorder affect church participation and spiritual development?

It’s more likely in our practice that a family of a child with an autism spectrum disorder will be involved with church than a family of a child with bipolar disorder. Continue reading

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What Challenges do Families of Kids With Bipolar Disorder Face?

During a severe mood episode, kids or teens with bipolar disorder have problems with emotional self-regulation that are unimaginable to those who have never been through the experience. Continue reading

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What Challenges Do Kids With Bipolar Disorder Face?

With rare exceptions, kids want to be good. They want their parents to approve of them. They want other kids to like them and want to be with them. They want to be normal. Continue reading

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What are the Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens?

Jesus was into lost sheep. See Matt 18:12-14. If he saw value in pursuing the one lost sheep (the child or teen with bipolar disorder) out of a hundred maybe we should too? Continue reading

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Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Children’s and Youth Pastors and Volunteers

I’m going to present a six-part series to help children’s pastors, youth pastors and ministry volunteers better understand and serve kids with bipolar disorder and their families. Continue reading

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