All posts in Church

Planning a Retreat? We Can Help!

Are you looking for speakers, or a great idea, for an upcoming retreat? You came to the right place–for both. I’m excited to announce I’m partnering with spiritual director and retreat queen Jen Manglos. We’re working together to develop and offer weekend retreats, and we’re willing to come to you. Here’s what we provide: • […]

The Problem with That Big Sunday Morning Show

I was at a Christmas Eve service–just a few weeks ago–when I finally figured it out. We were out of town for the holiday, and this was just another megachurch in another American metropolis, looking and feeling and sounding exactly like most of the other big evangelical churches we’ve seen in recent years, singing the […]

On Edge: A Book Review

I’m excited to review another resource related to mental illness, one that adds another dimension to the collection of books I’ve recommended here. This one is written by a mental health professional with a passionate vision for seeing churches step into a proactive role in providing not only support and loving community, but much-needed access […]

Churches: Take a Lesson from the Postal Service

Good news: for the beleaguered U.S. Postal Service, business is growing more stable. Bad news: the agency still lost $5.8 billion in fiscal 2016 and has lost at least $1 billion each year for 10 years in a row. Although the U.S. Postal Service is unique in many ways, it serves as a perfect example […]

The Recovery-Minded Church: A Book Review

This book released earlier this year, and it’s taken me a while to get around to doing a review. But that delay does not reflect my sense of this book’s importance. In fact, because today is World Mental Health Day, I think this is a great time to recommend and review it for you. Addiction […]

A Prayer for People Living with Mental Illness

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week in the United States. This is important because mental illness is one of those things people don’t know that much about unless they need to–either because they’re mental health professionals or because their lives have been shaken by their own illness or the struggle of someone they love. […]

Video Post: Put That Churchy Guilt Aside and Use Your Gifts

Please enjoy this new video post. I hope you’ll find it freeing! And remember, who you are is more important than what you do.

The Church Doesn’t Need Any More Leaders

Depending on who’s providing the definition, a leader is… – “the person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country“; – “a person who leads“; – “the person who convinces other people to follow“; or – something more complicated. Here’s something a leader is not: a description of your true mission in life. I […]

Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists: Are You Referring to the Right People?

In 2014, Lifeway Research and Focus on the Family partnered on a project called “Study of Acute Mental Illness and Christian Faith.” This research project yielded many interesting and important insights into the current response to mental illness within churches, and some of their findings confirmed the results of my own (far less formal) research, […]

Here’s One of the Best Things Churches Can Do for People with Mental Illness

“Please don’t tell anyone,” she pleaded. “They won’t let me serve anymore.” I could tell that this woman, who had just “confessed” to me that she faced a serious struggle with depression, was regretting her disclosure. When she’d realized I was a safe person to talk with, she had told me about her mental health […]

© 2016 Amy Simpson.