For my research in Loneliness I am posting 1 area in which we experience loneliness per week and see how people feel in each area.
So far we have talked about:
- Loneliness in leadership
- Loneliness in mental health
- Loneliness in the workplace
This week we are looking at Loneliness in the Church. I have had many people message me already that they feel lonely in the Church world today. I have heard people talk about the disconnect between what the Church messages & songs content, and the disconnect with the modern church set up with stadium seating, 2 minute greeting time within the services, etc.
Love to hear any thoughts, quotes, books etc. You can post in the comments on all social media, this blog or send me an email/PM.
Scissors + Glue is a documentary series exploring the narrative of millennial faith. Our second film focuses on Millennials’ experience in the Church, with the goal of creating dialogue about following Jesus.
“What Millennials need is dialogue… “
Love to hear peoples thoughts on this.
Such a great blog with such a simple fix. Please take a few minutes to check it out!
When you welcome people to your church, do you still behave like it’s 1999?
See…you and I have moved from a world in which we had the ability to encourage people once or twice a week, to a world in which we can connect daily.
This isn’t just a promotional thing (don’t miss our big cheesy dinner Tuesday night!), it’s a discipleship thing.
Seriously, you can gain permission to speak into people’s spiritual journey regularly.
Publish helpful, useful content, and people will sign up to follow you. Don’t, and of course, they’ll unfollow you. The online world gives you instant feedback on whether you’re helping people or not. Just check your stats.
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Great conversation here. It adds some definitions to a term we often throw around these days in our church community.
What is Spiritual Abuse?
Spiritual abuse has been defined in a somewhat nebulous way. The term has been (over)used to cover any abuse that happens within the parameters of a church or ministry. Thus Christians tend to be defensive when spiritual abuse is mentioned.
Abuse, by definition is:
- to use wrongly or improperly; misuse
- to treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way
- to speak insultingly, harshly, and unjustly to or about; revile; malign
- to commit sexual assault upon.
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Some of the best Ted Talks I have seen. Please take some time and go through these.
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Amazing blog. Parents, teachers, youth workers and young adults please check it out.
Adolescents have dynamic, open, hungry minds. They are creative, brave and curious. It has to be this way. The only way to learn many of the skills they will need to be strong, healthy adults will be to stretch beyond what they’ve always known and to experiment with the world and their place in it.
The adolescent brain is wired to drive them through this transition, but there will be a few hairpin curves along the way. Skilful drivers are not born from straight roads.
Most of their behaviour, even the most baffling, frustrating, infuriating parts of it, can be explained by the changes that are taking place in their brains. This can feel as confusing for them as it does to us. It doesn’t mean they can sit back and blame their brains for their troublesome behaviour. They need to manage these changes in a healthy, adaptive way, but to do this they need information. When they have the information, they expand their capacity to respond to the world in ways that will help them thrive.
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I am usually not a big fan of the “lists of things you should do” posts but this one is fantastic. My favourite is #3
3. To confuse preferences with doctrine
Music is a preference, not a biblical doctrine. The style of the way a church functions is a preference, not a biblical doctrine. The message is our purpose. The method is the means by which we share our message. The message can never change, but the methods should consistently be changing as our culture changes if we are going to meet people where they are and reach reach them for Christ. (Matthew 23:23-24)
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You can make your church, workplace or home an accepting place for people struggling with any form of mental illness but doing one thing … talking about it. Love seeing this video on 100 Huntley Street. Please make sure you are talking about depression and other topics in your families, small groups and churches.
Tara Lalonde, PhD is a Registered Psychotherapist today she gives insight into the issue of depression and how we need to make it a comfortable topic within the church.
For More Information: www.LifeCareCentres.com
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Great blog from TWLOHA. Please take a few minutes to read it.
To those struggling:
Christians get depressed. You’re not alone.
To the Church/those struggling:
We can do this.
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Something I see as I travel around Canada and the US speaking is talking to many church staff members teetering on the edge of burnout or breakdown. Working 80 hours a week ongoing is not a badge of honour; it is actually a problem. Some great thoughts here. Senior leaders take a few minutes to see if you might be burning out your staff.
I saw burnout after burnout as staff members fell away from the church, and in some cases the faith, after bad experiences.
My favourite. #11. “You think this list is dumb.”
I took a lot of heat when I mentioned this post on Twitter. If this list fills you with rage, you might be this list.
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