I am wondering about ministry training for church leaders, pastoral care teams, disability advocates, and others who deal with disabilities, especially in the area of mental health.
The question continues to come up, "How can we better equip our leaders, volunteers, as well as members in general to minister more effectively to members who deal with disabilities, especially in the area of mental health?"
There seems to be an inability to know how to minister effectively in this area especially. Why does this continue to happen considering the amount of resources available as well as numerous workshops dealing with this? Much effort goes to address this issue and yet it seems that people with disabilities, especially in the area of mental health, continue to feel alone and abandoned.
Is there anyone who has had some success in their congregation? What is working? How can we minister more effectively to truly reflect that everyone truly belongs and is a valued member of the body of Christ?