Tag Archives: children’s ministry

The Refiner’s Fire

I began to study what the Bible has to say about suffering and discovered it is more of a gift than I ever understood before. Continue reading

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ADHD, suicide, African-American boys…and how churches might help

Is the stigma against treatment of mental illness generally, and treatment of ADHD specifically a contributing factor to the difference in rates of completed suicide among African-American children and other ethnic groups? Continue reading

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How dads are impacted when kids have disabilities

You may silently grieve the loss of aspirations you had for your child as well as your inability to share experiences with your child that you dreamed of doing together. Continue reading

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More questions about the effectiveness of antidepressants in kids…

The professional community, parents and families hold assumptions about the effectiveness of psychotropic medication, especially medication for depression, that are unrealistic based upon our understanding of the research literature. Continue reading

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Teaching the essentials to reach children of all abilities at church

If children and students at our church only grasp one thing today, what should it be? Continue reading

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Partnering with parents to display the works of God in special needs ministry

Because every child’s disability is unique, it’s vital to talk with each family to figure out the best ways to include their child in your church. Continue reading

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Mother’s Day…It’s complicated

We learn to delight in what is and let go of what illness and disability has robbed us and our kids. Continue reading

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6 ways to love a family dealing with children’s mental health issues

So how can you love families dealing with their children’s mental health issues? Continue reading

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Why are rates of completed suicide exploding among the young?

What the statistics don’t tell us is WHY we’re seeing such a significant increase in the rates of suicide among children, teens and young adults, along with sizable increases in suicide rates among adults of middle age, especially women. What might be causing the increase? I’d like to put forth a few “educated guesses.”
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Why are we witnessing an epidemic of mental illness in kids?

As the church, we’re called to share God’s love with kids with mental illnesses and their families, REGARDLESS OF THE CAUSE. Continue reading

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