I’d like to introduce you to a new resource online. Grace in the Depths is a website set up by pastors for pastors. This is what we say on the about page:
“Let’s be honest, ministry can be tough! As pastors we often feel out of our depth. Ministry can also be, depending on your context, quite lonely. Adding depression or other mental health struggles into the mix can leave pastors feeling alone, abandoned and afraid to talk. We are firm believers that God gives grace to his people. The Lord, amongst other things, uses his people as a means of grace to come alongside and support each other. Hence the name, Grace in the Depths.”
Regular readers of this blog will know that I’ve had my own struggle with depression. Whilst there has been a lot of progress over recent years, the subject of mental health issues among Christians and particularly for church leaders still carries something of a stigma. So our hope is that this site will do three things. First of all, that it will provide a space for pastors to share their own stories, to begin to talk and know that they are not alone. Secondly, we hope to play our part in removing the taboos and stigmas. Pastors get sick and that includes depression, pastors need grace too. Thirdly, we will start to build up a library of helpful resources both for pastors and for their church families.
If you would like to share your own story or if you are looking for someone to talk to and help you find help then please use the contact form on the site to get in touch.
You can also follow us on twitter @graceindepths