The Way Online | A Ministry Devoted To Mental Wellness Through Jesus Christ..
The Way was the original name for early Christians. Followers of Christ were referred to as followers of “The Way”. The Way is the simplest form of Christianity. It is Christianity stripped of all of the liturgy that has become a symbol of the Christian faith.
My ministry began when my son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Over the past year I have learned that our country and our faith community have failed to minister to the needs of this specific demographic of people. Alongside those that live with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar and schizoaffective disorders there are caregivers who also need the love, hope, encouragement and support that comes through faith in Jesus Christ.
I have devoted my life to helping those that cannot always help themselves and their families and caregivers. My vision is to see those effected by serious mental illnesses treated humanely, compassionately and with the dignity allotted all children of God.
My ministry is based upon…
“Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.”
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”
“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.”
I encourage you to please lift me up in prayer as I move forward in faith to fulfill this vision God has placed upon my heart. Pray for those that live daily with these diseases and pray for the family and friends that care for them. Pray that our country adopts a more compassionate understanding of the forgotten ones who are suffering all around us, sometimes in plain sight.
If you would like to partner with me in support or if you need prayer for a serious mental illness or a loved on who is struggling please contact me in the below ways. If you are a Pastor or Minister and would like more information on how to serve those with serious mental illnesses in your congregation I would love to speak with you as well.
I believe Jesus Christ is the answer. He can give people the hope, love, and support they need to make it through these dark times and I want to encourage people that Jesus loves them and is willing to help them no matter what they are facing.
There are two facts you can take absolute comfort in. Fact number one, you are never alone. God is always with you, and if you are a child of God, He is inside you experiencing these feelings first hand. He is always there. And fact number two, He understands completely. Jesus Christ humbled Himself by coming to earth and putting on this flesh suit so that he could experience being in the flesh first hand. Why? So that we could have a High Priest who not only had sympathy for us, BUT even deeper, He has something even more powerful – empathy. He literally strapped on our earthly shoes and walked a mile in them. He knows what we are going through. He knows what emotional pain feels like. He didn’t have to do that, but he did…because He loves us and desired to understand us with actual empathy.
We all suffer from varying degrees of anxiety at different times in our lives. The Lord knew that we would, and He included several scriptures in the Bible to assure us that He is as capable and willing to minister to our emotional needs, as He is our spiritual & physical needs. He left us His Word to soothe and comfort us, even in times of intense anxiety. I encourage you to print these scriptures off and use them to meditate too. The more you read and meditate upon them the more your spirit will be soothed in times of distress. I pray that they become so known to your soul that the Holy Spirit can easily bubble them up to your mind in times of anxiety and drown out all those fears that at times can paralyze or even cripple us.
God truly desires us to be filled with HIS peace, and he understood we would encounter these feelings of anxiety that often separate us from that peace. But aren’t you thankful we serve a Savior that did take into consideration ALL of our needs and made provisions for them in His Word. He wants us to be healed and whole; spiritually, physically, mentally & emotionally.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
1 Peter 5:7
casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
I sought the LORD, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears.
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.
Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,
“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.
‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death And broke their bands apart. Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men!
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
2 Thessalonians 3:16
Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance The Lord be with you all!
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you He will not fail you or forsake you.”
But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. “For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I have given Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in your place.
“But he who listens to me shall live securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil.”
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!”
The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?
“For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’
“No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. “Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. “Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. “With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation.”
“And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? “If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters?
Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.
2 Corinthians 4:16
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
Below you will find several books written from a Christian faith perspective on the subject of mental health. I recommend each and every one of these books. Some deal with personal issues and other deal with ministerial roles and their responsibilities to the congregation. Every book is well written, faith-based, and will help you understand those with mental health issues better.
There has been a shifting conversation on the topic of mental health within the American church in the past decade, and Christian counselor Kristen Kansiewicz adds greater insight to that conversation as she responds to tough questions and shares real-life case examples. Christians who have suffered and even questioned their faith because of their struggles with mental illness will find comfort and compassion within these pages. Others in the church will learn how to respond with scientific and biblical understanding to those who are hurting.
Christ on the Psych Ward is a series of reflections on the intersections among mental health, faith, and ministry. Beginning with his own experience, Finnegan- Hosey shares ways communities of faith can be present with those suffering from mental illness and crises. Weaving together personal testimony, theological reflection, and practical ministry experience, he offers a message of hope for those suffering and for friends and faith communities struggling to care for them. Ultimately, his journey of recovery and healing reveals the need for a theological understanding of a vulnerable God, important not solely for ministry with those with mental health struggles, but offering a hopeful vision forward for the church.
A practical, must-have resource for leaders who are clueless about structuring ministry for those diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety, attachment issues, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and other difficulties. Grcevich is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 208 pages, softcover. Zondervan.
In a simple yet careful way the author with Eleanor Loewen draw on their expertise in mental health to address such topics as the interrelatedness of social, emotional, physical, and spiritual selves; emotions that hurt or heal; depression; addictions; schizophrenia; grief; and suicide.
Millions of Americans struggle with mental illness and against the stigma brought upon them. For the great majority of families watching their loved ones suffer and often suffering themselves, the struggle can be endless. Mental illness can take many forms and is often difficult for family and friends to understand. Faith has become an integral part of treatment for those who are struggling with overwhelming emotional and spiritual burdens. It is through their Christian faith that many have learned that they can still live happy and fulfilling lives.
This is the first comprehensive resource for spiritual and pastoral care–a vital resource for clergy, seminarians, chaplains, pastoral counselors and caregivers of all faith traditions. It integrates the classic foundations of pastoral care with the latest approaches on spiritual care. It is specifically intended for professionals who work or spend time with congregants in acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities, rehabilitation centers and long-term care facilities.
Offering the latest theological perspectives and tools, along with basic theory and skills from the best pastoral and spiritual care texts, research and concepts, the contributors to this resource are experts in their fields, and include eight current or past presidents of the major chaplaincy organizations. Topics include:
The Theology of Spiritual and Pastoral Care– How do you create a theology to do spiritual/pastoral care?
The Process of Spiritual and Pastoral Care–The general theory behind spiritual/pastoral care; caring reflective listening; aiding life review; chaplaining around end of life; conducting spiritual assessments; creating and implementing a pastoral plan; ethics.
Spiritual/Pastoral Care with Special Populations and Their Needs–International cultures and immigrants, pediatrics, mental health, LGBT, disabled, palliative care with chronic illness, arrested and complicated grief.
The Infrastructure of Spiritual and Pastoral Care–How to begin strategic planning, standards of care for all professional chaplains, quality assurance, quality improvement designing sacred spaces, cultural competencies.
Are you an introvert who feels like you don’t fit into the church? Many congregations seem designed for the outgoing—but what about those who aren’t? Hansen offers observations on emotionally biased assumptions about worship and spiritual life, witnessing, analytical minds, mental health, and more. Hansen shares a unique and valuable perspective from someone living with Asperger’s syndrome. Paperback.
A practical guide that helps pastoral ministers to recognize and deal with the array of common mental health problems in their ministry, including depression, anxiety, addictions and personality disorders.
Hebrews 13:3 “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”
Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners”
Mathew 25:35-36 “for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.”
Please join me daily in praying for those with serious mental illness in this country. Pray they find the compassionate care that they need to live fulfilling lives. Pray that our government makes changes to the current system that makes getting care more affordable and easily accessible (getting rid of the Institute of Mental Disease Exclusion IMD in Medicare/Medicaid) and that those that are incarcerated or homeless be protected. Pray that God raise up new people to help minister to these peoples very specific needs, and that a new movement forward is promoted to bring healing & hope to all those living with SMI the love of Jesus Christ.
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