When an individual or family faces a mental health crisis, often they turn first to their faith community for help and support. It’s important, therefore, that AMiA churches become informed and be ready to embrace the opportunity to minister.
According to psychologist Dr. Matthew Stanford, co-founder of The Grace Alliance, it is the Church that is uniquely positioned to minister to families coping with mental illnesses. “Because of the power of Christ within His people, our churches can be sanctuaries for the suffering. … God is sending those broken by mental illness to us so they might receive hope and healing. Mental health is the great mission field of the 21st century, and it is time the Church recognized its God-given role.”