Care to Change https://www.caretochange.org Counseling to help you move forward Wed, 12 Jan 2022 17:34:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.11 When Having A Strong Will Doesn’t Produce the Change You Want https://www.caretochange.org/when-having-a-strong-will-doesnt-produce-the-change-you-want/ https://www.caretochange.org/when-having-a-strong-will-doesnt-produce-the-change-you-want/#respond Wed, 12 Jan 2022 17:34:42 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=4848 From the time Anita was a child, everyone knew she was destined to be some kind of leader. Her parents called her determined, her brothers snapped at her for being bossy, and her first-grade teacher gently suggested she was “strong-willed.” Anita never felt like she was imposing her will on others. She simply had a […]

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How to Make Fresh Starts Stick https://www.caretochange.org/how-to-make-fresh-starts-stick/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 05:41:55 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=4831 Jenny had the best of intentions. As she fought to keep her eyes open while waiting for the ball to drop in Times Square, she made a list of promises to herself. No more snacking after the kids went to bed. Replace that nightly glass of chardonnay with a cup of chamomile tea. Walk for […]

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Churches and suicide prevention https://www.caretochange.org/churches-and-suicide-prevention/ Sun, 17 Oct 2021 21:17:43 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=4809 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 leaders quite like members who die by suicide. […]

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Who in your congregation suffers from trauma? https://www.caretochange.org/who-in-your-congregation-suffers-from-trauma/ Sun, 17 Oct 2021 21:11:57 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=4805 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 churches. Put another way, one in five members of your […]

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What your church can do about the mental health crisis https://www.caretochange.org/what-your-church-can-do-about-the-mental-health-crisis/ Sun, 17 Oct 2021 21:01:28 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=4799 If someone in your family were contending with a significant mental illness, where would you turn for help? Ask the members of your congregation, and you’ll probably hear they’d reach out to your church’s leadership. Do you know what to do … or where to turn … when a church member pulls you aside and […]

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The church after a year of Covid https://www.caretochange.org/the-church-after-a-year-of-covid/ Sun, 17 Oct 2021 20:58:07 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=4795 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 streaming media. For the most part, people have adapted well. As restrictions were lifted, […]

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How the mask debate affects our kids https://www.caretochange.org/how-the-mask-debate-affects-our-kids/ Sun, 17 Oct 2021 20:52:08 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=4789 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 centers on whether children should be wearing masks in school, and […]

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When your marriage is silently struggling https://www.caretochange.org/when-your-marriage-is-silently-struggling/ Sat, 16 Oct 2021 18:39:56 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=4778 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 communicate!” “They have great stories from their own marriage!” “You’ll want to be just […]

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Mental health and the church: can’t we pray it away? https://www.caretochange.org/mental-health-and-the-church-cant-we-pray-it-away/ Sat, 16 Oct 2021 18:18:59 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=4769 Prayer and faith are powerful and effective, and anyone who has devoted time to ministry can share stories of miracles large and small. As pastors and lay leaders, we encourage the congregation to turn to prayer at dark moments and trust in God for strength during tough times. We’ve been called to ministry because we […]

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Leader’s lines: Leadership during the unknown https://www.caretochange.org/leaders-lines-leadership-during-the-unknown/ Sat, 16 Oct 2021 18:14:40 +0000 https://www.caretochange.org/?p=4766 Being a church leader has never been easy, but over the last year, trying to guide a congregation has reminded me of a scene from “The Incredibles.” After Mr. Incredible’s presence in his enemy’s lair is discovered, he tries to escape, only to be attacked by dozens of cannons firing big bubbles of tar at […]

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