As pastors, we know our job to minister to the spiritual health of our communities. But as you think about the spiritual health of the people in your church, do you consider their mental, physical, emotional and relational health as well? My guess is, if you’re like most pastors, you probably don’t.
Consider how the health of someone’s marriage might have an impact on their experience of God and intimacy with him. Think about how depression—or perpetual anxiety—might impact a person’s spiritual well-being (and vice versa).
When I spell it out like this, it seems so obvious. Of course these things are connected.
But it’s easy to forget this as a pastor.
If you want to pastor a healthy church (and my guess is you do. If you don’t, that’s a discussion for a whole different article)– if you want to pastor a healthy church, you have to take into account the emotional, mental, physical, and relational health of the people you pastor.
If that thought scares you, don’t let it. You don’t have to be a therapist or a doctor or a life coach in order to provide this for the people entrusted to…Continue Reading