Viewing Mental Illness Through the Eyes of Faith…Inclusion Fusion Library

Stanford_Color_HDIn the aftermath of Rick and Kay Warren’s highly publicized interview last week with Piers Morgan on CNN and the findings of recent research from Ed Stetzer and his team at Lifeway Christian Resources, the topic of mental illness in the church has been a hot topic  in the disability ministry field. For this week’s installment from our Inclusion Fusion Training Library, we’ll linger on the topic by sharing a presentation from Dr. Matthew Stanford of Baylor University and Mental Health Grace Alliance.

For last year’s Inclusion Fusion, Matt presented on the topic of Viewing Mental Illness Through the Eyes of Faith.

Matt’s presentation is designed for anyone interested in learning more about mental illness from a Biblical perspective. Topics covered in Matt’s video include:

  • What is a Biblical and clinical understanding/response to mental illness?
  • How to recognize mental illness
  • The essential role of the church in the recovery and treatment process
  • How to respond to families dealing with mental illness
  • How to create mental health related supportive care within the church
  • Resources to help families navigate the health care system and everyday life

The heart and vision of the Mental Health Grace Alliance is to see the works of God displayed in individuals and families affected by mental illness (John 9:1-3). Matt’s presentation will help equip you and your church to effectively minister and support those living with mental illness.

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cropped-key-ministry-door.pngOur Key Ministry website is a resource through which church staff, volunteers, family members and caregivers can register for upcoming training events, request access to our library of downloadable ministry resources, contact our staff with training or consultation requests, access the content of our official ministry blog, or contribute their time, talent and treasure to the expansion of God’s Kingdom through the work of Key Ministry. In addition to our downloadable resources, those who register for our resource kit can view any presentation from our Inclusion Fusion Disability Ministry Web Summits “on-demand”. All of these resources are made available free of charge. Check out our website today!

About Dr. G

Dr. Stephen Grcevich serves as President and Founder of Key Ministry, a non-profit organization providing free training, consultation, resources and support to help churches serve families of children with disabilities. Dr. Grcevich is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), trained in General Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University. He is a faculty member in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at two medical schools, leads a group practice in suburban Cleveland (Family Center by the Falls), and continues to be involved in research evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medications prescribed to children for ADHD, anxiety and depression. He is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Dr. Grcevich was recently recognized by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers in children’s mental health. His blog for Key Ministry, www.church4everychild.org was ranked fourth among the top 100 children's ministry blogs in 2015 by Ministry to Children.
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