The barriers to getting newcomers with mental illness connected at church…


AssimilationIn the second installment of our series, Ten Strategies for Promoting Mental Health Inclusion at Church, Steve looks at the challenges faced by families when visiting a church for the first time when one or more members of a family struggle with mental illness.

One challenge that my friends serving in staff positions at churches wrestle with on an ongoing basis is assimilation… helping newcomers and visitors to quickly become comfortable with and find their place in a local church. Helping people to get connected and to stay connected is vital if the church is to grow and, more importantly, is critical if the church is to serve as a catalyst to discipleship and spiritual growth.

For persons experiencing the effects of mental illness, the processes in place to facilitate assimilation may become insurmountable obstacles to church attendance, depending upon the nature or severity of their condition.

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