About

The Mental Health & Pastoral Care 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 recognise that Ministry staff have multiple demands upon their time and energy, yet we also know that a significant proportion of people in our churches experience mental health challenges.

We provide resources that 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 congregations and communities.

We also want to assist everyday Christians to better understand mental health. You may be facing a mental health challenge or you may be supporting someone experiencing mental ill-health. Our hope and prayer is that you will find resources here that will help you.

We are a ministry of Anglican Deaconess Ministries, based in Sydney, Australia.

Sarah and Rev. Dr. Keith Condie

Co-Directors/Founders
Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute

“We draw on the great wisdom and guidance offered in the Bible, combined with the best psychological and medical research. Our hope is that these resources will make a real and lasting impact on the mental and spiritual wellbeing of many in our churches and communities.

Who we are

The Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute was founded in 2016 by Sarah and Rev. Dr Keith Condie. Sarah & Keith have been married for over 40 years and Co-Direct the Institute. For nearly twenty years they led numerous workshops and course across Australia and overseas on building better marriages.

Sarah has been active in a range of ministries in Christian contexts, most recently as the Director of Wellbeing and Care at The Bridge Church, Sydney. Prior to serving in vocational ministry she worked as a law librarian at the State Library of NSW.

Keith has degrees in psychology, theology and history. He has worked in child welfare for the state government as well as serving as an Assistant Minister in two churches in Sydney. For nearly 20 years, he was on the faculty of Moore Theological College as Dean of Students and Lecturer in Ministry and Church History.

What we do

The Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute has three areas of focus:

Prevention – we provide programs, courses and other resources that strengthen mental wellbeing and relationships, and that create environments that reduce risk factors for mental ill-health;

Equipping – we provide training, courses and resource materials so that ministry staff and church members can better understand mental health and care for each other more effectively;

Support – we provide resources to assist those experiencing mental health challenges and those caring for them.

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

MH+PC support for churches and Christian organisations

Speaking engagements

Keith and Sarah are focused on the work of the Institute and do not often have time available for speaking engagements. If you are interested in contacting them about a possible speaking engagement, you may send a message using the form on our contact page.

Consultancy for churches

Keith and Sarah are able to offer help and support in developing structures in your church that support the mental wellbeing and care provided. If you are interested in contacting them about this, you may send a message using the form on our contact page.

 

Professional Development

The Institute have developed some professional development courses for staff teams of churches and other Christian organisations such as schools and NGOs. If you are interested, find out more on our professional development page.

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Our latest articles

Big Day In: Finding peace in the storm

What does the Bible say about our mental wellbeing, and how does that contradict or reinforce what the world says? How do we practically care for our mental health as Christians, and how do we care for others, in light of our faith?

This is what one south western Sydney church wanted to explore this year when they invited Keith and Sarah Condie from the Mental Health and Pastoral Care Institute (MHPCI) to speak.

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