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We walk alongside congregations, offering tools and insights for supporting their communities through difficult times.
When people are struggling with difficult situations either within themselves, among their family, or in the professional world, they will often turn to their local congregation for support and reassurance. The church can provide people in their congregation with access to more mental health assistance than ever before. Thus, it’s important that congregations be prepared to support their community through times of trauma or conflict.
The Center for Congregations helps faith leaders understand the intricate relationship between trauma, mental health, and the church, by providing resources to break down the stigma surrounding mental health issues. We walk alongside congregations, offering tools and insights for supporting their communities through difficult times. Additionally, Center staff remind congregational leaders to focus on their own mental health and set aside time to take care of themselves. Seeing as many congregational leaders often spend their days helping people solve their own problems, it can be easy for congregational leaders to forget about taking care of themselves in the process. After all, only by first taking care of themselves will they then be able to truly support other people.
The Center for Congregations is funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. and is a supporting organization of the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.