Welcome to the Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute
Helping the church to support mental health and wellbeing
The Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute provides Christians and churches with online mental health and marriage courses.
We seek to facilitate mental wellbeing and promote an informed and compassionate response to mental health challenges within the church through our Christian mental health resources.
About the Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute
Founded by Keith and Sarah Condie, the Institute exists to resource churches and Christian believers alike, so that we can all be better equipped to understand mental health and to serve and love others well.
We provide biblically and psychologically informed training and resources about mental health and healthy relationships for churches and individuals.
We recognise that ministry staff have many demands on their time and energy, yet we also know that a significant proportion of people in our churches experience mental health challenges. Our Christian mental health resources assist those in ministry to understand the contribution they can make to good mental health and how to provide the best support possible to those experiencing mental health challenges in their communities.
We are an Institute of Mary Andrews College, based in Sydney, Australia. Mary Andrews College has a particular focus on equipping students in the areas of pastoral care, mental health, and disability.
Press On: Building Resilience & Mental Wellbeing
Press On is a Christian mental health course designed to assist believers in maintaining their mental wellbeing, so they can continue faithfully in Christ’s service. Press On is a seven session course, drawing upon biblical truth, as well as key insights from psychological science.
‘Press On’ is developed specifically for Christians, highlighting the particular benefits for wellbeing associated with Christian faith. This unique course can be done online on your own, or in small groups (such as bible study groups).
We are encouraged to ‘press on’ in our walk with Christ (Phil 3:12-14)
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call one of the following national helplines: Lifeline 13 11 14, Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Building a Safe & Strong Marriage
Building a Safe & Strong Marriage is a Christian marriage enrichment course created to help couples in nurturing their marriage, across five easy sessions. The course gives couples a chance to stop and focus on their marriage and how to make it better.
Building a Safe & Strong Marriage is available in two formats: online – making it easy for couples to access from home and and in person – making it easy for churches to run a marriage enrichment course at their church. It is available in Australia and internationally.
Benefit from other couples’ experience and insights, and follow their journey as you travel yours.
The Graduate Certificate of Pastoral Care for Mental Health at Mary Andrews College
Awareness of mental health issues in the church and the wider community is growing, yet ministry workers report feeling under-equipped to care effectively for those experiencing mental health challenges. The Graduate Certificate offers specialised training in pastoral responses to mental health and wellbeing with a focus on preventative and reactive strategies.
While the primary focus of Mary Andrews College has been equipping women for ministry, this Graduate Certificate is designed for both female and male students. Mary Andrews College is an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology (ACT) and is pleased to offer the ACT’s new Graduate Certificate of Pastoral Care for Mental Health. This is an accredited tertiary qualification.
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Staying mentally and spiritually strong as a Christian woman
In the last few weeks, as I’ve chatted with a number of women, I’ve seen how adept they are at juggling and pivoting. But we have many balls to juggle in life. Our plans go awry, and those balls just start tumbling. And this is when we feel the weariness and stress and think, ‘I can’t keep doing this.’
Pastoral Care and Sacrifice
The question for us as pastoral carers is whether Jesus saw any other significance in laying down his life for the sheep. And consequently, is there a type of sacrifice which Jesus calls his followers in pastoral care to make?
Resting Devotion 14: giving
The God of all grace is not remote and he doesn’t simply delegate to others. He is willing, so to speak, to get his hands dirty.
Resting Devotion 13: Good things
This was a moment of grace, during an ordinary routine, given to me by our creator God. Pumpkins had given me a new song to sing.