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9/11: Need for Christian-based ‘soul care’ for military grew

PLEASANT VIEW, Tenn. (BP) – Approaching the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Evan Owens knew the trauma care network he co-founded to help soldiers returning from the war on terrorism would be busier than ever. In the 10 years since establishing REBOOT Recovery alongside his wife, Jenny, he’s learned that memories can remain raw, regardless of that saying about time and wounds.

Most pastors feel supported by other local ministers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The vast majority of pastors say they feel support from other ministers in their communities, but that encouragement is less prevalent in some places.

‘It is OK to get help’ for mental illness, Oklahoma WMU president says

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) – When Julie Busler returned to America with her family after serving as missionaries, everything seemed great from the outside. No one would have guessed she had returned due to a mental health crisis.

Southern Baptists join others in Mental Health Awareness month

NASHVILLE (BP) – Attention to mental health across the country increased over the last year due to the potential effects brought on by the coronavirus shutdown. It’s a touch point, though, that has been gathering steam across the Southern Baptist Convention since 2013.

FIRST-PERSON: 3 reasons pastors avoid counseling when they need it

NASHVILLE (BP) – “Too fast!” my wife Lynley screamed as I drove down a steep hill caked in snow. The vehicle picked up speed like a roller coaster on first fall.

Pandemic division causing pastors to leave ministry, pastoral mentor says

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – Brian Croft jokes that masks are the new "color of the carpet argument" in churches, with similarly poor outcomes. Pastors are resigning from the stress "kind of in a way I've never really seen."

Pastors express ‘decision fatigue’, ‘ministerial frustration’ as COVID-19 pandemic lingers

LEXINGTON, Tenn. (BP) – For the second time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Rock Hill Baptist Church in rural west Tennessee was resuming onsite worship. Then, Pastor Richard Bray was exposed to the virus and the church had to transition once again to remote worship while Bray waited weeks for his test results.

Bible Study: God sees, knows and cares when we’re depressed

In our moments of despair and depression, we may feel no one sees or cares; but God sees, knows and cares. God will set us free from the tight space of depressing thoughts and bring us to a spacious place.

Americans’ mental health outlook drops, but not for regular church attenders

A recent Gallup study reveals a connection between regular church attendance and a positive self-evaluation of one’s mental health.

FIRST-PERSON: Engaging the next generation on mental health

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – According to a recent Barna study, half of 18-year-olds in the U.S. report anxiety and fear of failure, and about 40 percent say they often feel sad or depressed. Thirty-four percent of young people say they feel lonely and isolated from others.