Becoming a More Emotional Healthy Church
Our community is in the process of working toward our common goals for this coming year. I have surveyed and talked with many in our community and will be dialoging tomorrow about some of our goals for this next year.
One goal that I have for our congregation this year is becoming a more emotionally healthy church. Peter Scazzero has written an excellent book on this topic which our staff has been reading and discussing.
Besides looking at our general spiritual formation, he helps us look at our emotional development as well. He helps those of us who are Type A personalities to look at areas that tend to overlook. Here is a list of some of the parts of our emotional life that Peter helps us explore:
- Look Beneath the Surface
- Breaking the Power of the Past
- Living in Brokenness and Vulnerability
- Receiving the Gift of Limits
- Embracing Grieving and Loss
- Loving Incarnationally
I would say that becoming an emotional healthy church will be received by our congregation as a good goal. I will leave with you one good quote from Peter, as he is talking about how he and his wife were learning wat it meant to die to self:
Jesus does call us to die to ourselves. "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself daily and take up his cross and come follow me." (Mark 8:34) The problem was that we had died to the wrong things. We mistakenly thought that dying to ourselves for the sake of the gospel meant dying to self-care, to feelings of sadness, to anger, to grief, to doubt, to struggles, to our healthy feelings of sadness, and to passions we had enjoyed before our marriage.
If you get a chance, I would encourage you to take the emotional health inventory to see how you are doing in your emotional development.