Ministering to Families in Crisis: The Essential Guide for Nurturing Mental and Emotional Health, Edited byJennifer S. Ripley and James N. Sells and Diane J. Chandler
Ministering to Families in Crisis
  • Length: 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: October 22, 2024
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: A0042
  • ISBN: 9781514000427

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A Guide for Ministry Leaders to Provide Mental Health First Aid

When people encounter a crisis, they often turn to ministry leaders, who may feel unprepared to guide them. Families face a multitude of challenges, from depression and anxiety to relational conflict to trauma and abuse. Providing the right resources and tools to help church members navigate their journeys is a solid starting place for every pastor and ministry leader.

Ministering to Families in Crisis provides leaders with an essential shelf reference for supporting your community's mental and emotional health. In each chapter, Christian leaders with unique expertise address common ministry challenges, providing evidence-based insights and practical suggestions. The book covers a full range of topics affecting families, marriages, children, and teens—including mental illness, LGBTQ+ issues, divorce, disability, poverty, racial trauma, and technology use. Contributors guide leaders on how to provide care and when to offer referrals.

Whatever members' background or experience, the church is a spiritual family that God designed to contribute to their formation and sense of belonging. This book gives ministers the tools and encouragement they need to help family members find hope amid the storms of life.

"Ministering to Families in Crisis, edited by Ripley, Sells, and Chandler, is a comprehensive, biblically based, well-written, and excellent guide for nurturing the mental and emotional health of families in churches who are experiencing crises of all kinds. The editors have assembled a great group of authors who provide substantial and practical help for those ministering to such families. Highly recommended!"

Siang-Yang Tan, senior professor of clinical psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary and author of Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective



1. Establishing Hope Amidst the Storm of Family Crises—Jennifer S. Ripley, Diane J. Chandler, and James N. Sells
2. Spiritual Formation in Families—Diane J. Chandler
3. Strategies to Discern Marriage and Family Health and Functioning—Jennifer Ripley, John Van Epp, and J. P. DeGance
4. Care and Support of Families Impacted by Mental Illness
5. LGBTQ+ Issues in Marriage Ministry—Mark Yarhouse and Anna Brose
6. Ministering to Families When Children Come Out
7. Domestic Violence and Church Ministry
8. Handling Divorce as a Ministry Leader: Tutorial from a Family Lawyer
9. Families Affected by Disability
10. Screens, Children, and Teens: The Challenges Are Real, and You Can Help
11. Adults and Screens: Preventing Crisis Through Digital Discipleship
12. Race, Discrimination, and Stress in the Family
13. Ministering to Families in Poverty and Financial Crisis
14. The Challenge of Helping Couples in Conflict
15. Trauma in Families: Ministering When the Unimaginable Happen—Fred C. Gingrich and Heather Davediuk Gingrich
16. Ministry to Blended Families
17. Families and Addictions
18. Families, Aging, and Caregiving



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