Resources

  • Blessed are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness, Family, and Church

    by Sarah Griffith Lund


    Sarah Griffith Lund offers a honest and raw look at her father's battle with bipolar disorder, the helpless sense of deja vu as her brother struggles with his own mental illness, and serving as a spiritual adviser for her cousin, a mentally ill young man executed for murder. Through the challenges and despair she shows how churches can be safe havens for people who have brain diseases and for their loved ones. Sarah is a Bethany Fellow alum and serves on the Ecumenical Bethany Fellows leadership team. This book was published by Chalice Press in 2014.


    This book is available for purchase HERE.

  • Tactful Advice for Calling Your Next Pastor

    by Gary Straub


    Change at church is always stressful— never more so than when a congregation changes pastors. The search process digs to the core of congregational identity, personality, mission and even stirs that complex web of relationships we affectionately call “church family.” 


    Navigating this season successfully involves tricky interplay between ‘playing by the rules,’ and engineering a landing gear while still aloft. Straub offers a guideline that overviews the formal process while creating space for entrepreneurial initiative. 


    Persevering in the search process to a “good call” requires a wisdom born of prayer, a gut intuition about people, and supreme faith in the Spirit who guides even flawed processes and people to places where mutual ministry can thrive. Straub brings prayerful counsel and practical advice to the process. 


    Available at Chalice Press HERE.