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Depression

More than twice as many pastors struggle with depression compared to the national rate. When churches search for a new pastor, the process can exacerbate and trigger those who are already more prone to depression. […] Read More

The ministry can be lonely. It can become even lonelier when ministers battle emotional and mental illnesses, such as depression. During those times, ministers cannot afford to cut themselves off from those who can help them. […] Read More

In an increasingly stressful environment for ministers, what will it take to help them stay strong and joyful? Two steps will ensure your pastor remains a healthy and spiritually grounded leader. […] Read More

Too many pastors succumb to the pressures of pastoral ministry. Some take their own lives; others engage in self-harming behaviors. The church must recognize its vital role in ministering to the minister. […] Read More

Push notifications might be diminishing your happiness and harming your relationships. This smartphone setting results in a ping or another form of notification whenever you receive an email message, weather update and so on. To be more precise, a Baylor University study on cell phones found that its frequent usage was negatively affecting relationships. “Phubbing,” […] Read More

The suicide deaths of Robin Williams and last year that of Rick Warren’s son has triggered quite a discussion in many Christian circles about depression. Some have been highly critical of Christians who suffer from depression, while others have called for greater understanding and more discussion in churches about the illness. I fall in the […] Read More

I now risk entering the glutted fray of commenting on Robin Williams’ death. There are likely lots of reasons why it hit so many so hard. He was a contemporary of so many of us. He almost always seemed to smile and he brought laughter to so many. Many would say that he “had it […] Read More

This sermon was delivered by Carra Hughes Greer, minister to families with youth at Smoke Rise Baptist Church, Stone Mountain, Ga., on Feb. 28, 2010.   Luke 13:31-35   One sunny afternoon, my oldest brother Troy had been chasing Fitzgerald’s famous wild chickens and so proudly bounded up to our home to show my mom […] Read More

More Americans are being treated for depression, thanks to a new generation of antidepressant drugs, but experts say the ailment is still underdiagnosed and undertreated in the United States, according to news reports about recent studies. Outpatient treatment for depression increased threefold between 1987 and 1997, according to an ABC NEWS report on a study […] Read More

There are many reasons why winter is often considered an emotional downer. Some counselors attribute this wintry melancholy to post-holiday stress, while others believe it has more to do with isolation caused by blustery weather. Some studies associate seasonal depression with less sunlight and more darkness. Other factors contributing to depression include lack of exercise, […] Read More