The church across North America has struggled to minister effectively with children, teens, and adults with common mental health conditions and their families. One reason for the lack of ministry is the absence of a widely accepted model for mental health outreach and inclusion.
In Mental Health and the Church: A Ministry Handbook for Including Children and Adults with ADHD, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, and Other Common Mental Health Conditions, Dr. Stephen Grcevich presents a simple and flexible model for mental health inclusion ministry that can be implemented by churches of all sizes, denominations, and organizational styles.
The model is based on recognizing seven barriers to church attendance and enfolding resulting from mental illness: stigma, anxiety, self-control, differences in social communication, sensory processing, social isolation, and past experiences in church. Seven broad inclusion strategies are presented for helping people of all ages with common mental health conditions and their families to fully participate in all ministries offered by the local church.
The book is also designed to be a useful resource for parents, grandparents, and spouses interested in promoting the spiritual growth of loved ones with mental illness.
About the author:
Dr. Stephen Grcevich (MD, Northeast Ohio Medical University) served as the founding Board President of Key Ministry and currently serves as its Director of Strategic Initiatives. He has extensive research experience evaluating medications prescribed to children and teens for ADHD, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Grcevich has been a presenter at over 35 national and international medical conferences and is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).