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In ministry, we are often challenged when we must serve those struggling through anxiety and depression.

Key Points:

  • In a fallen world, we should expect people to struggle with anxiety and depression.
  • Humility is a key to ministering to those who struggle.
  • God meets us in our struggles and he is sovereign over our struggles.
  • The church often seeks the quick fix and the pat answers, but this is not always how life works or how God works.
  • We must be clear about what our goals are when as it concerns ministering to those with depression/anxiety.
  • We must avoid looking at people as “problems to fix.” God gives us hope through our struggles. He does not promise to remove us from all struggles or to give us perfect mental and physical health in this life.
  • We must avoid quick fixes or trying to provide the Christian version of a magic pill when we are ministering to those who struggle with depression and anxiety.

Quote This:

Jesus did not come to explain away suffering, or to remove it. He came to fill it with His presence. -Paul Claudel

See Also: Emotional Health, Pastoral Ministry

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Why should we expect, in a fallen world, that people will struggle with anxiety and depression?
  3. How is humility a “key” to ministering to those who struggle with depression and anxiety?
  4. “Deep problems don’t have quick solutions.” Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement as far as it concerns Christian ministry.
  5. How can we sometimes have misguided “goals” when it comes to ministering to those with depression/anxiety?
  6. How can those we minister to sometimes look like “problems to fix”? How can we adopt a healthy perspective on this? Explain.
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.