Coping with Depression
Posted on March 2, 2022 10:00 AM by Tom Pendergrass
Pastors meet people all the time who struggle with anxiety and depression. It’s something else when it’s in your family. My journey has led me to some insights that might help church leaders.
1. Socially—Keep track of good days and bad days. Solutions might vary, but it usually means getting outdoors; a change of scenery. Find friends that can support you and your family doing things together. The trap of the enemy is isolation.
2. Sexually—Intimacy can be affected. Touch, hold hands, kiss, and don’t let that be interrupted. Protect yourself by avoiding pornography. You should have an accountability partner. When possible, never travel alone.
3. Sanity—Seek professional Christian counseling. CABA provides biblical counselors for pastors and church staff. Christian counselors experience a 65% success rate compared to 8% with secular counselors. Rely on the promises of God! Keep eternity in mind; look ahead.
All of us have bad days. It’s when it becomes a pattern that it becomes a problem.
Let me say that God has provided medicine that really helps. Sometimes medicines can cancel each other out, so be proactive and continue to monitor medicinal effectiveness. It may take a long time, but it’s worth it.
As a caregiver, it has helped me learn about the father and not just the prodigal son (Luke 15). Don’t be afraid to speak into someone’s life that needs help. If I can help, just let me know.