Good News for Bruised Reeds Vol. 2 - Mental Health in Gospel Community
Micah Singapore worked with Graceworks (Rev Dr Tan Soo-Inn and Bernice Lee), and a host of contributors, to bring together this book for the Singapore Church.
Available at Graceworks online store and some Christian bookstores in Singapore.
WHY DO THIS?
While many church leaders in Singapore have counselled and walked alongside people with mental health issues, there are many Christians who feel ill equipped to help people with mental health issues live flourishing lives in Christ and in His community.
There are Christians with mental health issues who feel that churches and Christians could be better gospel communities to them.
This book seeks to tell stories so that Christians may listen to these stories, empathise, and reflect. We also hope the book will start conversations in our church communities which begin the process of reflecting, healing and helping.
Being a gospel community to people with mental health issues is a matter of the Church living up to its calling as the called-out ones transformed by the Gospel to love, justice and compassion. Further, the Church can demonstrate the Gospel to the world by living out the Gospel in community with such “bruised reeds” as people with mental health issues.
We hope that this book will help church leaders and Christians in Singapore better understand people with mental health issues and learn to become a better gospel community.
At the same time, we hope the book presents stories that are counter-cultural to the world and show how the Gospel is indeed good news to all, including those among us with mental health issues.
How is the Gospel good news for people with mental illness and their caregivers?
How can your church be more of a gospel community to people with mental health issues and their caregivers?
How can Christians walk alongside people with mental health issues and caregivers?
How can the Singapore Church witness to the world about Christ through her response to various issues on mental wellness?
This book presents true stories of Singapore Christians who have wrestled with the above issues, and theological, pastoral and practical approaches to these issues. Contributors will speak from perspectives of:
1. Christians with mental health issues.
2. Caregivers to people with mental health issues.
3. Friends and church leaders (pastors, cell group or ministry leaders) who have journeyed with people with mental health issues.
4. Mental health professionals.
5. Pastors and church leaders who want to change the culture of the church to become more of a gospel community to people with mental health issues.
6. Pastoral / theological reflections on mental health issues.
While accessible to lay Christians, the primary audience is leaders in their local church (down to cell group level), for their pastoral equipping.