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Pastoring People in a Mental Health Crisis (Webinar)

How can we help people to deal with the fear, stress, loneliness and depression caused by the pandemic and lockdown life?


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In this webinar, FIEC National Director John Stevens outlines what the implications for church ministry are from the latest coronavirus restrictions before inviting Alan Thomas, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at Newcastle University, to speak about the mental health implications of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This was followed by a Q&A session on the topic and the latest restrictions.

00:00 – Bible reflection from John Stevens: Luke 8:26-39 – Jesus’ miracles are signs of eschatological salvation

04:55 – Implications for ministry in the three tier system in England and planned short “firebreak” in Wales

14:13 – Introduction to Alan Thomas, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at Newcastle University

17:10 – Covid-19 and Mental Health with Professor Alan Thomas

47:00 – Q&A with the following questions:

  • What advice is there for spotting anxiety in church members when we are not always meeting face-to-face?
  • How can we engage with members on this issue before “disaster strikes”?
  • Is there a difference in how anxiety manifests in men and women?
  • What is the evidence someone is trusting in the Lord in their difficulties with anxiety? What should we look out for?
  • Does a reliance on technology and social media heighten anxiety?
  • Covid exacerbates existing anxiety. How can we help church members who are now even more cautious as a result?
  • Where can we look for guidance on safely visiting folk struggling in these areas?
  • Can 1-2-1s happen in Tier 2?
  • Can 1-2-1s happen in coffee shops in Tier 2?
  • Can someone from Tier 2 go to church in Tier 1?
  • Should you use one room or multiple rooms in a church building for physical gatherings?
  • Can anyone visit the vulnerable on behalf of the church, or just the pastor in his working role?
  • Clarification on moving between Tiers for church and support groups.

You can watch previous webinars and sign up for future webinars on the Leadership in Lockdown page.

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