When You Are Ready To Move Forward
Did you know that 1 in 5 people struggle with depression, anxiety, or a more severe mental illness? Further, 2 out of 3 people that struggle with mental illness are not getting help.
Let's do the math...
If your church has 100 people attending, then 20 of them struggle with some form of mental illness. Of those 20, 18 of them are not getting the help they need. That's right, 18% of your church are suffering in silence!
How is your church meeting that need? Many times, church is the first place a person turns for help. Sadly, most churches are not prepared.
Now here is the dirty little secret of ministry: pastors are not immune! The 18% that struggle with mental illness may include you or a member of your leadership team. I know, because as I served churches for 16 years, I was one of those that struggled with depression for which I never told anyone or sought help.
The results were that my family suffered, my ministry suffered, and throughout that time, there were many times when I could have lost everything.
Last year, I finally reached my lowest point. I detail it in my book, Baggage Claim: One Minister's Journey Through Depression to Peace.
I am currently scheduling dates to speak at churches. I am available for 1, 3, or 5 messages. The ideal arrangement would be for your church to schedule one Sunday to dedicate to this growing need. On that Sunday Morning, I will present a message of hope, encouraging those who struggle to finally admit there needs. We know that the first step is to say, "I need help." After all, Jesus taught that blessed are the poor in spirit!
Following the morning service, I encourage you to plan a luncheon for your church leaders. During this time I will present a simple, but important, message: Warning Signs For Ministry Leaders. This message gives practical advice of what everyone in leadership should be aware of in their own lives and what they can do to prevent a problem.
Finally, we will conclude the event in your evening service with a message about what the church can do to reach out to those needing mental health ministry. I will talk about the vital role that the church plays, the growing need, and some practical things that any church can do to help.
I encourage you to use people in your congregation for music and testimonies!
I do not have a required fee. Instead I ask that your church take up a love offering and allow me to set up a book table for the event.
Please contact me, to schedule this event right away! Email me or call me at 417-501-4975
I look forward to working with you!
Last fall, I announced that I was embarking on something I called, "The Baggage Claim Project." I promised to do three things:
First, I am happy to announce that not only have I written the book, but it has been accepted by a publisher! We are in the editing stages now and are planning for a July release!
In fact, take a look at the line up of upcoming releases from 50/50 Press!
Second, last month I completed the process of becoming a certified speaker and coach with the John Maxwell Team. This has been an incredible experience that has taught me a lot, preparing me to tell this story!
Now it is time to start telling this story!
Here is where you come in! I am looking for churches, ministries, civic groups, etc where I can tell this story. Every time I tell my story, I hear back from someone that has begun to get the help they need because of what I said. Please talk to your pastor or your organization's leadership about having me in to share! Contact me here! You can learn more about my public speaking gigs here.
Aaron Davis is an author, speaker, and life coach. He currently lives in Springfield, MO with his wife and their two sons. He also serves as a hospice chaplain.