This is going to be a lot of work” is what might pass through your mind when someone with an ingrained, sinful behavior seeks your help to change. How would you like a new, more optimistic, thought to flit through your mind? Keep reading. This biblical strategy aids the change process and helps you see progress sooner. Don’t wait until the person is changed to … [Read more...]
Can your church help the mentally ill?
Mental illness can seem tricky or uncomfortable for a layperson in care ministry. Your lay leaders may feel they aren’t qualified to provide care for people diagnosed with a psychiatric illness. Yet people with mental illnesses are in our churches, and they need the help and care that lay leaders can provide. This article will help you encourage your lay leaders to know … [Read more...]
How to equip your leaders to care for grieving people
People who are grieving the death of a loved one need enormous levels of support and encouragement. Since grieving people are often emotionally delicate, it’s important that your deacons and small-group leaders know how to care for them. A wrong word, an oversight, an unintentional offense can harm someone who is grieving and even prompt that person to leave your church. Here … [Read more...]
Screen-shattered: Helping spouses deal with online affairs
Two years into the marriage, I found out about the pornography, and a couple years after that there was Internet chatting with women.” Although Sarah1 wasn’t tech savvy, she decided one evening to try and set up web chatting, since it was something her husband had said he’d wanted. The computer was set with an automatic login using his username and password. After logging … [Read more...]