If you are looking for a way to go beyond talking about our problems in church leadership seminars, this is it. The truth is that leaders talk a lot but actually don’t do much in terms of being effective. By just reading this article, you will learn about some suggestions for a change in the way church leaders and staff members deal with those suffering from depression.
We don’t want to bore you with long-winded descriptions
of how to get success or what makes things successful. Instead, we just want to share the most important tips in overcoming depression and dealing with it. Let’s start with the most important one:
First, start with your members. Church leaders need to know that they are a priority. Ask the member why he is there. Once you know what you can do to make his situation better, then you can take action.
Start by asking people who are uncomfortable to come to you. Listen to their story. Ask questions and respond. Also, don’t forget to ask for names of other people who might be a good fit for you.
Next, find out what you can about each person so you can begin to understand them better. Just listen. We know that depression is often difficult to talk about. But when you listen, you can better understand them.
Finally, let everyone know that you care. Even if you are not able to make a difference in every case, there are many others that are. You will make things better if you help those around you feel better. Whether it is a group-therapytherapy session or just talking to the person once in a while, you can begin to eliminate their feelings of sadness and hopelessness.
Christians who suffer from depression have been counseled to go to a professional at first. Going to a psychiatrist is a wonderful idea. However, you can do it on your own without a professional. It is very helpful to read about different methods of treatment and how to go about it. Learning about depression and how to overcome it are essential first steps.
Some Christians feel uncomfortable with professional help, and that is fine.
For those people, you can still speak to your pastor or the church leader to help with their spiritual issues. This may include either a personal visit or a forum for all members of the church to speak freely about how they feel.
Once they are feeling good and ready to talk, ask your family or friends for good support. While you cannot help them with the depression, you can help them know how much they mean to you. This is also a great time to add your friend to your prayer list.
Make sure that you find the right group to work with. Some people are very depressed and might prefer to keep it that way. If that is the case, consider starting with something more moderate and slower. Only you can decide whether you want to use medications or counseling to combat depression.
- Sometimes, the depression is too bad to deal with it on your own.
- In this case, you should try talking to someone who can help you find the strength to get through the tough times and understand that there is hope.
- Remember, no matter what, church leaders should never try to fix the problem themselves. Sometimes, you need the help of professionals.