How should pastors deal with mental illness? When should they refer someone to a mental health professional?
Unfortunately, a lot of pastors don't understand mental illness, or think of it as a purely spiritual problem, and therefore hurt a lot of hurting people. That's why Steve Bloem wrote The Pastoral Handbook of Mental Illness: A Guide for Training and Reference. Join Steve, with Jerry Parries and Drew Taylor, as he talks with Steve Bloem about how this book can help prepare pastors to deal with mental illness in their congregation.
Steve Bloem is a counselor and former pastor, and Executive Director of Heartfelt Counseling Ministries in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He's the author of The Pastoral Handbook of Mental Illness: A Guide for Training and Reference.