My Weekly Reader…September 27, 2014

Tennessee High School CheerleadersThe big story this week in our world was the survey released by Focus on the Family and Lifeway Research related to the perspectives of pastors and the experience of adults with mental illness and the church. I’d encourage anyone with an interest in disability ministry to download and read the survey…in our blog posts next week, we’ll be digging into the survey in great depth while sharing a little teaching on the topic of interpreting research studies.

Science/Medicine:

Here’s an interesting study that helps explain why kids with ADHD struggle to make good decisions…altered functioning in the medial prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain involved with choosing between multiple alternatives and learning from one’s mistakes.

Disability Ministry:

Jeff Davidson keeps sharing high quality content. Here, he answers the question Don’t you feel cheated about the life you imagined you and your son would have?

Brad Hambrick is a leader in the Biblical Counseling field. Earlier this week, he shared a very solid list of six steps to wise decision-making about psychotropic medication.

Christianity:

MelissaEdge-nowcircleMelissa Edge shares an incredible story of how God was unmistakably at work through her suffering in the aftermath of losing her husband. What do we do with our lives In the Meantime as we’re experiencing grief.

Culture:

In my line of work, I tend to see lots of kids who struggle in the face of negative influences in the culture. Here’s a look at some very impressive kids in Tennessee who aren’t ashamed to live out their faith in public…especially when the American Civil Liberties Union sent their school a threatening letter because of their school’s tradition of a pre game prayer before home football games.

Coffee Break ChurchThis coming week, we’re continuing our preparation for Inclusion Fusion, and launching “Coffee Break Church” a weekday worship experience at The Front Door for parents of kids with disabilities who are unable to attend church on the weekend. Join us this coming Monday at 10:00 AM for church, chat and online community.

Tomorrow, we’re sharing an incredibly powerful guest post from a blogger who has requested to remain anonymous. She’ll share a first-person account, Fitting in at Church, about her experiences in trying to attend church as a person with Asperger’s Disorder. Help her share her story!

Finally, while I had some issues with the FOTF/Lifeway study, the crew at Focus on the Family put together an excellent, free book for pastors, Serving Those With Mental Illness. Here’s a link to the page from FOTF where the book can be downloaded.

Have a great week!

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KM Logo UpdatedKey Ministry has assembled resources to help churches more effectively minister to children and adults with ADHD, anxiety disorders, Asperger’s Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, depression and trauma. Please share our resources with any pastors, church staff, volunteers or families looking to learn more about the influence these conditions can exert upon spiritual development in kids, and what churches can do to help!

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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