Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: I’ve been a passionate advocate for increasing ministry in our churches to the physically challenged cultures around us. Here is an article reminding us how we are falling short in reaching out to the mentally ill along with some ideas to remedy this shortcoming.
“Can mental illness be prayed away?” by Joy Allmond, Facts & Trends, LifeWay, 3/8/18.
… A 2014 study conducted by LifeWay Research and sponsored by Focus on the Family showed two-thirds (66 percent) of the 1,000 pastors surveyed do not address mental health issues from the pulpit.
It also found over a quarter (27 percent) of churches don’t have a plan in place to minister to individuals and families affected by mental illness. And less than a quarter (21 percent) of family members are aware such a ministry exists within their church.
In another study—just the year prior—LifeWay Research found a third of Americans, and nearly half of evangelical, fundamentalist or born-again Christians believe spiritual activities like prayer and Bible study can overcome serious mental illness.
While prayer and church involvement is important for any struggle—corporate or individual—more is needed to treat depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue, said Rosati.
She urges families to seek church-led spiritual guidance and prayer on behalf of their loved one who suffers from mental illness. But she also cautions them not to ignore the clinical side of treatment.
“What I want to say to parents and families is, please keep in mind that neurochemical issues are not spiritual issues,” she said during the panel discussion.
“When our kids are broken and don’t work the way they should, our duty as parents is to advocate for them and give them the help they need.”
Read more at … https://factsandtrends.net/2018/03/08/can-mental-illness-prayed-away