Church Culture

How the Christian Church is Unique Among Subcultures

The importance of counseling in the church

The church, like any other organization, needs its members to be of sound health and mind. And one of the major ways to facilitate this is to attend to their counseling needs. Quite a number of people in the church are facing diverse problems but they don’t know how to help themselves.

Hence, they will prefer to wallow in their problems hoping that a miracle happens. And a church that is not sensitive enough will fail to realize that a good number of her members are struggling with different things.

This is one of the reasons why people are in the church but it does not look like they are getting blessed. Most times, it is because the problems they are facing is preventing them from improving their relationship with God and it gets difficult for them over time.

In the church, two of the major problems that people face are addiction and mental health problems. This reality is hinged on the fact that, the world today is laced with several challenges and most times, people who cannot deal with them appropriately, get caught up in the web of life.

People who are addicted to substances or behaviors and do not seek help, often do not end up well. The same applies to mental health problems. People who are plagued by mental health issues find it hard to reach out for help because of the fear of stigmatization.

When there is counseling in the church, it becomes easy to address these problems and how they can be tackled. Counseling helps the addicted or mentally unhealthy individual to understand that what is happening to them is not entirely their fault.

The moment people have a good idea of what they are facing, it is easier to encourage them to opt for full-time treatment. People who undergo counseling sessions have a better chance of overcoming their health problems and challenges that are addiction and mental-health related.

The amazing part about this is, the counselors would collect little or nothing to make this a reality. And this is one huge benefit of belonging to the church.  

How the Church handles addiction problems

Even though the church is a holy place, it does not understate the fact that there would be people struggling with addiction. And people often make the mistake of stigmatizing those who are addicted because they have little or no idea of how addiction works.

In reality, people do not exactly decide to be addicted. The addiction lifestyle of people span across diverse reasons.

For some people, it could be mental health problems like anxiety, depression and the likes. For others, it could be peer pressure, financial difficulties, family problems and the likes.

When people do not receive prompt help from the right quarters, there is a huge tendency for them to spiral into addiction. This is why it is crucial for the church to lend a helping hand, a listening ear and a watchful eyes to those who are struggling with addiction.

One of the proficient ways that the church handles addiction problems is by sensitization. It is imperative for the church to teach her members about the ills of addiction and how they can avoid it.

In the church, there are people from diverse professions and career paths. This implies that there are health professionals in the church who are well-knowledgeable on the concept of addiction.

The church can collaborate with these health professionals to organize a sensitization program. The program will be targeted at helping people understand what addiction means, the different types of addiction and ways to help themselves.

For those who are addicted already, the church takes it upon themselves to provide health care for them. If it means enrolling them for addiction treatment program, the church would be a major player to facilitate this.

If the church owns up to its true identity of providing care for people in all facets, there will be a reduced rate of addicted people in the church.

Addiction is a sinful habit which draws one away from God. The church must be sensitive to this and ensure that none of her members are lost in the web of addiction.  

HOW THE CHURCH HANDLES MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

One in every five persons you know, is suffering from mental illness, and you might not be aware of this. Only few people have not been indirectly or directly affected by mental health problems.

In the world today, there is a growing global health movement, and the church worldwide is starting to recognize these mental health problems, which are among the top causes of disability in the world.

Usually, mental health problems are as a result of the combination of a good number of factors like family environment, personality, spirituality, biology, and a host of others.

It is expected that, church leaders should not compulsorily be experts in psychological functioning, but it is needed that they have a fundamental knowledge on how to give support to people who are struggling in the church.

To begin with, the church is expected not to judge anyone who has mental health problem. It is best to pray for the person instead of passing judgment, this would result to worsening the case of the individual.

One measure which church leaders can try out when it comes to handling mental health problems, is to listen more and talk less.

Also, church leaders are expected to do more research on mental health problems. There could be a good number of people who are struggling with mental illness, that they are not aware of.

However, if they have a good idea on how it works, they would be able to spot some of them with these issues. There are good resources like books and the internet which has to do with mental illness.

Since church leaders are not expected to treat a mental health problem case fully, it is best to refer such cases to professional therapists. Church leaders should show ample care and support to people suffering from all forms of mental health problems.

It is also up to church leaders to stop the stigma in churches. Mental health problems are not a bad thing; it just signifies that the individual needs help to become psychologically balanced.

THE RELEVANCE OF THE CHURCH TO THE SOCIETY

As each generation of the church comes and goes, there has always been a need for the Christians to ensure that there is a balance of relationship between the society and the church. The society is a dynamic phenomenon, as it changes over time, and the church too follows in a similar pattern.

Several years ago when the church was established, it had lots of functional roles to play. Even till now, those roles are still being carried out, but then overtime it has gotten overlooked. The Church Needs to regain a focus on helping those struggling with mental health, such as treatment for Depression.

First off, having a church in the society, ensures that economic benefits are on the increase. Having churches in the community makes sure that more employment opportunities are available, based on their patronage. Where a church is located has a determining factor on where families would settle down, and you can be sure that when this happens, the economy of that particular community would get better.

Also, the church assists the society by ensuring that there are social benefits. They help the poor to feed, they are clothed and sheltered as well. The church also plays a quintessential role in helping those who are vulnerable. Families who are going through serious crisis, are assisted by the church in any possible way. The church ensures that crime rate is on the decline, by promoting basic moral and spiritual values.

It would also interest you to know that, more charitable opportunities would spring up because of the presence of the church. A good number of these opportunities are usually without any cost attached.

In addition to this, the church in a society ensures that more education and civic opportunities are provided. School enrollment would be at an “almost-free” cost, and with this, you can be sure that people who cannot afford to send their children to school, would be able to do so.

Furthermore, the church also assists in reducing the rate of addiction in the society. The church ensures that alcohol, drugs and other forms of addiction, are on the decline. These positive impacts which the church has on the society are essential, and they are responsible for stability in the community.