Listening

Tip #6 in our series “Cultivating wellbeing in a church community” “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” – James 1:19 “To answer before listening – that is folly and shame.” – Proverbs 18:13 When was the last time […]

Prayer

Tip #5 in our series “Cultivating wellbeing in a church community” “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8 “Pray continually…”1 Thessalonians 5:17 “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”James 5:16 Charles Spurgeon, a famous 19th Century English preacher, had a basement below his church where people could […]

Thankfulness

Tip #4 in our series “Cultivating wellbeing in a church community” “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, His love endures forever.”Psalm 136:1 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “…rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the […]

The Bible and human flourishing

Oh, to have a job you liked, a mate you trusted, a child who loved you, a purpose in life.” So said a character in Jonathan Franzen’s contemporary novel, Purity. It’s one person’s vision of wellbeing, a glimpse into the longings that inhabit our hearts and give shape to our activities or, at least, our […]

Kindness

Tip #3 in our series “Cultivating wellbeing in a church community” Kindness  Being kind is at the very heart of God’s character. Chesed, the Hebrew word for steadfast love or lovingkindness, is a rich word which our English language struggles to translate.  Kindness is one word that captures what God is like.  Being kind is doing something for another […]

Connecting with others

Tip #2 in our series “Cultivating wellbeing in a church community” Social isolation is not good for our mental health.  Connecting with others in meaningful ways is how God has wired us.  Healthy relationships in our church communities nurture our overall wellbeing as well as growing our maturity in Christ. New research has emerged showing […]

Delighting in God and His Word

Tip #1 in our series “Cultivating wellbeing in a church community” Have you ever noticed this verse, “Delight yourself in the Lord” (Psalm 37:4) and wondered what this looks like? Delight means experiencing “a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment, joy, rapture, something that gives great pleasure”.  The things we delight in seem to easily […]

Wellbeing

At the start of a new year—or any new season of life— it’s important to reflect on our own wellbeing and pay attention to self care. That’s why we asked friends who were part of our 10/10 video series on mental health (in October 2019) how they take care of their wellbeing. Their answers are insightful […]