Ten ways for churches to serve families impacted by mental illness

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“Small things done with great love will change the world.”

Those words are carved above the entrance to the main campus of Vineyard Cincinnati, a church that does an extraordinary job of sharing the love of Christ with the people of their surrounding community and region. They also represent an important strategy for connecting with families who may be skeptical about Jesus because of negative experiences with Christians or church.

If we’re to impact individuals and families affected by mental illness currently outside the church, we first have to get better at meeting the practical needs of families impacted by mental illness who already have some connection to the church. Put yourself in the shoes of someone struggling with mental illness or the burden of being a caregiver to someone with mental illness. Imagine the reaction of someone in the church desperate for care and support who feels overlooked while…

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