Equip Ministry Leaders to Care for Those Suffering From Mental Illness

Popular Christian radio counselor Stephen Arterburn, founder of New Life Ministries, launched a new book series with David C Cook last month that is sure to make a difference in the lives of Christians and ministry leaders.

Each of the three titles in the “Arterburn Wellness Series”—Understanding and Loving a Person with Depression, Understanding and Loving a Person with Borderline Personality Disorder, and Understanding and Loving a Person with Attention Deficit Disorder—approaches the difficult questions of those struggling with loved ones’ misunderstood mental conditions.

According to Dave Thornton, VP of strategic partnerships at David C Cook, this series was created not only for Christian parents and grandparents who care about someone struggling with mental illness, but also for ministry leaders who are counseling these people.

“Even in the church, mental health is often misunderstood and mysterious to those without experience or training. Sadly, some churches don’t provide safe haven to fellow sojourners who struggle with mental health,” he says. “This series is a great resource to equip small group leaders, staff, or any members who need help caring more effectively as a friend or family member who doesn’t have formal psychological training.

Thornton suggests retailers merchandise the titles with other counseling or self-help books to make it easier for customers to find these new resources.

“In addition,” he adds, stores should train “frontline staff to recommend resources of this type when a customer presents an issue that a friend or family member is facing with mental health.”

Each book comes with a brief foreword by Arterburn.

—Lora Schrock