Pastoral Care Archives - Seedbed

Domestic violence is a widespread problem, but it can be shocking to encounter a situation in which a victim comes to you for help. Unfortunately, unhelpful and even damaging responses are far too common. This post details some of the most common hurtful things people say to domestic violence survivors and some advice on things that actually are helpful.

Being a clergy spouse can be incredibly difficult and lonely. Michelle Marx shares some great tips on some tangible things you can do to support your minister's family.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Charlotte Easley shares resources that emphasize the importance of having tough conversations and tips on how you can help.

Domestic Abuse happens more often than you think. Eunice Lee John shares how churches can respond to abuse and make a difference.

Are you shattered? Is someone you love grieving or in need of healing? Sarah Damaska shares the beauty hidden in suffering and brokenness.

We constantly evaluate the value of resources. So, sometimes, we tend to treat people like they are resources and make judgments about their value to us. Jim Kinder shares a sermon about what happens when we choose to value all people.

Is your church a Pokémon Go stop? Jenny Williams shares how you might care for the souls of those who are looking for little critters at your church.

Does hospital visitation make you nervous? Patricia Smith shares 7 tips to help you know what to do.

What does a person really need when they are walking through a dark time? Duke Walker shares wisdom that faith-filled depression is better than pseudo-holy hope. Christian faith in the midst of depression is a faith that is grounded in the unchanging nature of God. This is the faith that walks through the valley with the knowledge that God goes with us. To hope for anything else is idolatry and contributes to the depth of despair rather than lifting one out of it.

How can you respond appropriately to tough issues as a pastor? Aaron Perry shares sound advice.

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