Ministering to Suicidal Desperation
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
8:30am – 4:00pm
Summit Counseling Center
(Hosted at Mount Pisgah UMC)
2850 Old Alabama Rd.
Johns Creek, GA 30022
A One Day Training for Church Leaders
Addressing suicidal desperation as a regular aspect of ministry
Inside Soul Shop you will…
- Explode the greatest myth regarding suicidal desperation.
- Learn how to solve the greatest problem for people who need to talk about suicide.
- Explore the hidden impact of suicide and suicidal desperation upon faith communities.
- Learn a conversational approach to saving the life of someone considering suicide.
- Discover a way of asking someone about suicide that is nonjudgmental, clear, and direct.
- Take a second look at what the Bible actually has to say about suicide, suicide attempts, and suicidal thinking.
- Learn how to make ministry to the desperate and those who love them a regular aspect of your preaching, teaching, and pastoral care.
- Think about making your church a community where people navigating the dangerous passages of life find a place where they can reinvent their lives rather than self-destruct.
We explore the question, “Should we talk about suicide?” and discover that people dealing with suicide actually want to talk about it. We look at the incidence of suicide, self-injuries, suicidal thinking, and people impacted by the death of another. Finally, we offer a simple conversational approach to talking about suicide that can save lives.
We learn how to make ministry to those dealing with suicidal desperation an aspect of all that the church does. We do a quick review of Biblical texts and make suggestions for preaching. We practice writing pastoral prayers and pray them together. We learn concrete ways of integrating suicide prevention into our pastoral care, teaching, and training.