Six Ways Ministers T.H.R.I.V.E. … during a pandemic
The national ministry team of the Church of England is conducting a ten-year research project, Living Ministry, exploring how ordained ministers flourish in ministry. The THRIVE model provides six strategies encapsulating some of the key findings from the first wave of this study. Although they have emerged from the specific experiences of clergy, we are also concerned for the wellbeing of lay ministers and hope they too will find these helpful. Given that, during the Covid-19 pandemic, many people will see most or all of these six areas disrupted, it is hardly surprising that our physical, mental, spiritual, vocational, relational and material wellbeing will be threatened. The challenge is to find ways to recreate these elements as we adapt to the current circumstances. To read more about Living Ministry Research click here:
Trauma Healing Institute (THI)’s course Healing the Wounds of Trauma – How the Church Can Help
This course (https://traumahealinginstitute.org/about) combines mental health care principles and wisdom from the Bible. This has been translated into over 150 languages and is now used worldwide by churches and Christian organisations in countries affected by conflict and natural or manmade disasters.
This year THI has produced special materials (drawing on experiences with Ebola) to help people cope with the effects of Covid-19 pandemic.
People need to talk about their experiences, what happened and how it affected them.
Emotions need to be expressed. Locking them away only stacks up trouble for later.
Recovery is a journey that takes time but does end – we need hope and help along the way.
Unstuck, A Teen Guide to Living in Uncertain Times, the newly published material for teens is great, ideal for small groups but can be done individually.
Care for the Caregiver is another valuable resource, helping anyone caring for others to thrive even as they pour out their lives for others – pastorally, as medical staff or carers – even your good self!
Both are available for free download at: https://beyonddisaster.bible/
Other materials that are free to download include:
Healing from the Distress of the COVID-19 Crisis (for small adult groups)
Peace be Still: A Family Guide to Living in Crazy Days (helps families talk together about their reactions to the situation, gently bringing God and Jesus into the picture)
Beyond Disaster (Survivor’s Booklet) is a guide for spiritual first aid.
Mental Health Charities and Resources
Supporting good mental health
The effects of mental health on both sufferers and those who care are huge. Nearly nine out of ten people with mental health problems have been affected by stigma and discrimination.
Churches seek to provide space for individuals, as well as their families, friends and loved ones, and seek to be places that welcome, support, involve and reach out to them and indeed to all, and share the love and welcome of Jesus Christ for all times of life.
Watch our short videos about real experiences of faith and mental health
Les speaks about being diagnosed with bipolar and the positive impact of being invited to join a local church community.
Rachel talks about how an eating disorder affected her life.
Read through our ten daily reflections below
Written by Professor Chris Cook and accompanied by "have a go" habits developed by Ruth Rice, the themed reflections can be used at any point throughout the year.