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Monthly Archives: April 2015
Mental health inclusion…taking the first step
May 2015 is Mental Health Month. In recognition, Key Ministry will be presenting a series of blog posts… Ten Strategies for Promoting Mental Health Inclusion at Church. By the end of the series, we will have created a template for churches … Continue reading
But what if we don’t have any children with disabilities in our church?
Do you want to share the Gospel with everyone in your community, or do you want to limit who has access to your body of believers?
Five reasons churches shouldn’t have vaccine policies
But excluding unvaccinated or undervaccinated children would mean turning away a significant group of families. Continue reading
Posted in Advocacy, Autism, Controversies, Families, Key Ministry Tagged children's ministry, church, Key Ministry, policy, Shannon Dingle, vaccination, youth ministry 2 Comments
Autism, vaccines and the need to keep our kids safe
There’s a point at which blind rejection of good science jeopardizes our ability to credibly communicate our witness to the world outside our Christian cocoon. Continue reading
Posted in Advocacy, Autism, Controversies, Key Ministry Tagged Adoption, Autism, children's ministry, church, Disability Ministry, HIV, Measles, MMR Vaccine, vaccination 25 Comments
Sin, mental illness and the church…Erring on the side of grace
We need to treat persons with mental illness and their families with the same sensitivity and grace we would show to any vulnerable believer.
Posted in Advocacy, Families, Hidden Disabilities, Key Ministry, Mental Health Tagged Biblical Counseling, church, grace, Key Ministry, mental illness, sin, Stephen Grcevich MD Leave a comment
Hopeful, Trusting, Confident and Calm…Karen Crum
When I was actively listening to God’s directions, I was able to relax and feel so much more internal confidence and peace as a parent. I learned that many things will not will work according to my plans and timing, but I know that God is in control and that I can trust and hope in Him to lead “my pack”. Continue reading
5 tips for modifying your Sunday school curriculum for diverse learners
Since I know the idea of change can be scary to many of us, here are five tips for making positive and (mostly) painless changes by modifying your Sunday school curriculum for diverse learners… Continue reading
From @EdStetzer…Is the church guilty of “spiritual abuse” toward the mentally ill?
Many in the church are guilty of spiritual abuse when they communicate to vulnerable people searching for help their certainty that the reason for their distress is insufficient faith or moral failure. They fail to recognize the complexity of the interrelationship between our minds, bodies and spirits, and much like Job’s friends in the Old Testament, exacerbate pain and suffering by misrepresenting God’s grace and God’s character.
Posted in Advocacy, Controversies, Key Ministry, Mental Health Tagged church, Ed Stetzer, Key Ministry, mental illness, spiritual abuse, Stephen Grcevich MD, Susan Fiske, Tim Keller 2 Comments
The struggles of kids with mental illness in a sexualized culture
Is it our unwillingness to affirm the risky behaviors that all too often lead to tragic consequences or a hopelessly broken, messed up culture that tells emotionally vulnerable teens that they’re defined by who they’re attracted to and their desirability to potential sexual partners? Continue reading
Posted in Advocacy, Anxiety Disorders, Controversies, Mental Health Tagged Key Ministry, mental illness, morality, sexual activity, student ministry, suicide, teens, youth ministry 6 Comments