Curtis Ramsey-Lucas is editor of The Christian Citizen, a publication of American Baptist Home Mission Societies. He serves on the boards of directors of Pathways to Promise and the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Religion News Service, and Baptist News Global.
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The Necessity of a Mental Health Ministry
Speaking and preaching will only take a congregation so far. Real and sustained progress requires a change in cultures that demand people hide a part of who they are. “We must become congregations in which people are welcome to be their whole selves,” Snell writes. “When we do the work of making our congregations welcoming to those with mental illness, we can live into a vision of the fullness of the body of Christ, accompanying all and excluding none.”