Health Ministers: Coping With Crisis
Each week, we’ll share interesting health and healing-related stories in the news. Following is a round up of articles about physical, emotional and spiritual health and healing that could be applied to health ministries.
The Rev. Amy McCreath of Church of the Good Shepherd in Watertown, Mass., recounts her feelings and the messages of support that poured in as events unfolded following the Boston bombing last week.
In times of crisis, we all have the power to lift up and support others—sometimes in ways we don’t realize. Read how clergy, congregations and community expressed support and prayer for those affected.
When something traumatic happens in a community, it may not always be clear how you can be most helpful. Following last week’s tragedy in Texas, the Diocese of Texas is organizing people and resources to serve. Stay connected to the diocese as information becomes available about immediate needs.
A crisis doesn’t have to happen in your own community for its members to be affected, and any situation that produces stressful, overwhelmed feelings can be deemed traumatic. It’s the “subjective emotional experience of the event” that renders an event traumatic.
Health ministers can provide tremendous relief for those experiencing emotional and psychological trauma. Visit helpguide.org for information, resources and support in organizing offerings for your health ministry and Psychology Today for step-by-step breakdown of the recovery process.
Sometimes you can be of comfort to others just by standing in your faith. James Hilleson, director of pastoral care and chaplaincy services at IU Health BMH, explains why your belief provides consolation.
Maintain your strength and focus by recharging; here are 20 Bible verses to help comfort.
Terra Hoskins contributes to the NEHM and NEAC blog on a freelance basis. As principal of Hoskins Interactive, an inbound marketing consultancy, she helps organizations improve the quality of website traffic needed to expand business. Follow Terra on her blog and on Twitter: @terrahoskins.