Healing Through Relationship

  One in five people lives with a mental illness, and the people in our congregations are not exempt from these challenges. Throughout May, Mental Health Awareness Month, we’ll be posting articles to help you and your congregation better understand mental illness and come alongside those who are struggling.      by Rebecca Bakke, St. Andrew’s Church, Little Rock, AR Relationship. I think it is safe to say that from the beginning, humankind was made for relationship. God himself is…

What is your Galilee?

Mark+ Walz of All Saints Dallas challenges us to be in mission where we are. Matthew 28:7 Mark+ Walz has been with All Saints Dallas since 2017 as Church Planter in Residence. Mark+ worked in a number of churches and denominations before finding a home within the Anglican tradition. As a pastor for over 20 years, he has ministered to students, young adults, and most recently as an associate pastor in Ohio. He is passionate about preaching, making disciples, and…

Building Marriages to Strengthen Communities

Although COVID-19 has presented many challenges for all of us, it has also opened up some new possibilities. All Saints Dallas (ASD) Vicar David+ Larlee, with his wife, Rachel, recently seized just such an opportunity. They hosted an online Alpha Marriage Course. Sixty couples participated, including 30 from ASD, 10 from The Gathering in San Antonio and others with no connection to a church. Some had been married only a few years, others more than 30. The course covered seven…

Staying Connected and Leaning In: Singles in Church Community

Singles make up a huge proportion of the American population. A 2017 Pew Research study found that 42% of adults in the U.S. live without a spouse or partner. And, among those under 35, singles are the majority, comprising 61% of young adults. However, church congregations often do not reflect the high proportion of singles in the general population: A Barna study conducted around the same time found that less than a quarter of active churchgoers are single. Effectively reaching…

Engaging the Next Generation: Recommended Resources for Children’s Ministry

By Lyn Baker, Director of Family Ministry at All Saints Dallas Effectively working with children and families requires an understanding of the stages of child development and family dynamics, as well as of the essentials of the faith. The following resources may provide some helpful ideas for where to begin or how to move this important ministry to the next level. Books The Spiritual Guidance of Children by Jerome Berryman Written by the founder of the Godly Play method, this…

Mental Health as Mission

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…

Mental Illness, Prayer and Extravagant Grace

By Catherine P. Downing This blog was previously posted on sparksofredemptivegrace.com. It is reposted here with permission of the author. I can’t honestly say I am thankful for the mental illness that besets our son. But in full truthfulness I can say I am glad to have been forced to do battle with my theology of suffering and to test both its mettle and mine. A link welded into the armor of my faith has almost corroded more than once:…

Alpha: A Tool for Transformation

By David+ Larlee, Vicar of All Saints Dallas From the inner city of Detroit to the Colorado Rockies, to trailer parks in North Texas to the frozen plains of the Midwest, 1,100 church leaders recently gathered together at the 2019 Alpha Conference to seek the Lord and his Kingdom. These leaders were as diverse as possible in terms of their ethnic, economic and denominational backgrounds. We met to worship, learn from one another and pray for each other. Catholics, Anglicans,…

Living the Mission: Equipped to Equip

Caleb+ Miller and Ethan+ Harrison of Immanuel Anglican Church in Destin, Florida   When Caleb+ Miller became rector of Immanuel Anglican Church in Destin, Florida in 2015, +Sandy Green had some words of advice. “He told me that one of the things any church has to do is to figure out where it’s been gifted by God and then turn around and give that back to the community,” Caleb+ recalls. “To me, that’s this idea of generosity, of living with…

Where Jesus Is

It’s a Thursday evening in Oak Cliff, an area in southwest Dallas. Members of The Well Community are gathering for their weekly worship service and fellowship dinner. For many, this will be their only hot meal of the week. For most, it is the only church service they feel they can attend, the only one where they feel welcomed. As individuals who struggle daily with severe mental health difficulties and the related challenges of poverty, isolation and other physical illnesses,…