Monthly Archives: July 2015

The 4 most common types of adoption failure

This is grief. This is hard. This is worth knowing about in the church. Continue reading

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Key Ministry to be featured Tuesday night on Cleveland radio…

They’ll be discussing the topic: Welcoming Families of Kids With Mental Illness at Church. Continue reading

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5 ways you can minister to a family with a failed adoption

But while the child isn’t lost to this world, he or she is lost to the family. Their grief is real. The dreams they had for the child need to be laid to rest. Give them permission to mourn those losses. Continue reading

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Spiritual growth in kids…what does the research say?

What steps would I take as a parent if I want to increase the likelihood that my kids are going to grow up to be mature Christians, actively engaged in a local church and using their gifts and talents in serving others? Continue reading

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What do we know about gender non-conforming kids?

We know that most kids with gender non-conformity become comfortable with their biological sex as they progress through childhood. For those who continue to experience significant gender discordance as adolescents, far too many will have experienced trauma, mental illness, social isolation, self-injury and suicidal thoughts. Continue reading

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Lessons learned from five years in the blogosphere…

What makes a blog or a social media strategy successful is lots of people who take the time and effort to share content they find valuable with friends and colleagues. More so than anything else, the content we’ve shared through this blog and and our social media platforms that has been created by wonderful, like-minded ministry colleagues we’ve had the pleasure of meeting over the past five years has helped us to disseminate the content we’ve created around ministry with families of kids with mental illness, trauma and developmental disabilities to far more churches, ministry leaders and volunteers than we would have ever imagined five years ago. Continue reading

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Suicide by doctor?

Helping the mentally ill commit suicide was unthinkable not long ago. Today, it is a growing practice. Continue reading

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Receiving the refugees of the sexual revolution…

How shall we prepare? Here are six ideas from someone who has treated far too many of the wounded… Continue reading

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The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…ADHD in families

When kids have ADHD, we’re often relying upon parents who themselves have difficulty setting priorities, following through on tasks and maintaining focus to be their primary faith trainers. Continue reading

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