Churches and suicide prevention

Churches and suicide prevention

We think of our churches as places of hope, where people gather to deepen their relationships with God and better understand His plan for their lives. Given the positive focus on the joy we feel through lives in Christ, it’s no surprise that few things trouble church...

Who in your congregation suffers from trauma?

We’ve learned a great deal about trauma in recent years, and one finding that surprises many people is its prevalence. One in five American adults has experienced trauma or its effects in the past decade. That statistic is valid across all groups, including members of...

The church after a year of Covid

Just over a year ago, the federal government declared a state of emergency because of the Covid pandemic. Almost immediately, Americans began to remain in their homes and traditional public activities such as in-person church services began to be replaced with...
How the mask debate affects our kids

How the mask debate affects our kids

To mask or not to mask: that’s truly the question these days. We’ve all seen the TV coverage as small-town school board meetings become violent scuffles and watched as our once-friendly neighbors attack each other on social media chatter sites. Most of the debate...
When your marriage is silently struggling

When your marriage is silently struggling

Every time someone at the church sported a new engagement ring, everyone insisted the couple-to-be attend Derek and Bonnie’s Tuesday-evening marriage prep classes. “They’re so much fun!” “You’ll learn so much about making a perfect marriage!” “They really know how to...