How did this make an impact?

  1. I am a pastor who had suffered a bout of depression and panic attacks. I must confess I felt as if I wasn’t around would it matter. I shared this statement to my aunt who lived 14 hours away. That evening there was a knock on the door she and my cousin came to check on me. It made a difference in my life. Also, during the same period I had a member of the congregation recognize the sign of depression in me and told me I needed to see someone. I heeded his advice and took the visits of my aunt and cousin, and sought out Christian counseling that helped to express and tell people my needs. Counseling helped me and made a difference in my life.

  2. We need a Christian based suicide line. Many of those manning the current lines don’t have a clue.

  3. Emiko Amotsuka May 9, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    thank you sister kay warren for this very compassionate and frank presentation of a very serious subject. i pray God gives us the wisdom to know what to do with our brethren who need help in this area. Shallom

  4. Edith Ekhoragbon May 9, 2019 at 12:41 pm


  5. Stephen Schlatter May 9, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Great article Kay…as a pastor and CR attender we need to hear about these issues. Please keep them coming.

  6. Robert Allen May 9, 2019 at 7:13 am

    I am a Pastor that suffers with depression and anxiety disorder and I know that it’s by the Grace of God that I am here today sometimes it’s hard to tell others that you are having trouble with things others take for granted but I have learned that Jesus can fix anything that is wrong in Our lives.
    To God be the glory. Amen

  7. Belinda Kendall May 9, 2019 at 6:51 am

    Thanks for raising this awareness!
    Very well articulated!

    You asked the question,”Who pastors the pastor?” I want you to know that I’m serving an organization that has that mission! PastorServe grew out of a pastor struggling alone with no preceived place to turn and his passion became insuring that ‘Every pastor has a pastor!”

    Originally, it only served make leaders in ministry but recently is taking the leap (in the Baptist denomination the chasm is wide and real) to serve WOMEN in ministry leadership as well!

    I’d love to have a conversation with you about this! I’d love your ideas of what it takes to bridge the gap and remove the barriers that keep women from receiving the support they need.

  8. So good ! We are not alone. We all do struggle. God is walking with us. I will continue to hold onto Him :-)

  9. Kay, thanks a lot for this message! I ‘m currently serving in Gabon, in central Africa and i will translate in french and share this encouraging message with the sons and daughters of God around.

    Suicide is still a difficult issue to deal with, even in our churches. A lot of children of God misjudge and don’t know how to comfort families. Too many servants of God have accusatory judgments and seek guilt in this terrible trial instead of helping, interceding for people who suffer from depression and who are led to suicide.
    Let us be true disciples of Jesus Christ by helping without judging our brothers and sisters who are in this situation by simply loving them. LOVE is all we have to fight and win!
    Be blessed!

  10. Joyce Ann Price May 9, 2019 at 1:04 am

    Thank you so much, for the, Who Pastors the Pastor?
    After reading those encouraging words I was blessed. they were helpful and in lighting, I became depressed after the death of my husband; for 26 years, 4 months away would have been 27 years. Its has been 1 year and 3 months sent his passing, I’m still grieving, didn’t know how much I realize loved him, until after he were gone. I talk to the doctor and she put me on some medication, I take as I need it. Again thank you.

  11. joseph berenger May 8, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    As a pastor here in Mexico, I totally agree with the need to deal with depression in pastors and to understand they are people with needs. Not perfect but then again there is only one who is perfect God

  12. Pst adegbaju moses May 8, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    I have a question, how did you survive the earliest stages of ministry where resources were not enough to meet your daily needs? Thanks

  13. I received this article in my email address today. I don’t know how you got my email address. I’ve never signed up or received anything from you before. And yet…this message couldn’t be more timely for me. I’m in a very deep depression and our congregation is just being told that I’m ‘fatigued’ from a vitamin deficiency. I know I need help, but I’m terrified of the stigma and the possible suspension of my pastoral assignment. I’m thanking God for seeing that this landed in my in-box and will study the article and pray over what to do. THANK YOU!!

  14. Carl Johnson May 8, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Great read. I’m going through some deep depression myself. My 2 daughters have completely excluded me from their life. I’m a Christian and my words have been a deterrent because of the life style they’ve chosen. They’re adults so they can make their own foolish decisions. I’m the only member of what’s left of a so called family. Their grandmother passed last year and wasn’t recognized or visited for over 2 yrs. Due to Dementia to Alzheimer’s, I watched her slip away. My heart aches every morning when I wake up. It hurts during each work day. I play weekly in the worship band. I listen to Rick every morning. I call out to God to fill me with His Spirit and give me strength. I barely get through a day without thinking of turning back to my old friend alcohol. I’m tired. I believe the promises but I’m weak and fearful of how long my girls will have nothing to do with me after years of happy moments. I’m weak and tired. Please pray for me. Carl