Giving hope to broken people

Giving hope to broken people

How can Elim churches be really good news in the area of mental health and well-being, asks Mark Greenwood.

Over lockdown my colleague Andy Wopshott (Elim’s genius Communications Manager) and I were very excited as we developed the Really Good News online mission which involved social media, Easter digital content and online Alpha.

Since that time, I have been carrying the ‘ Really Good News’ message in my heart, as I believe that we as a movement can be, and bring, really good news in a world that is full of really bad news.

Welcome to this Really Good News series where I have asked friends of Elim to inspire us to see how we can be really good news in all sorts of spheres of life. We start with an amazing ministry co-founded by Patrick Regan, a member of the Elim Church in Chelmsford.

Kintsugi Hope is a ministry that wants to see a world where mental and emotional health is understood and accepted, with safe and supportive communities for everyone to grow.

How churches can promote a safe space for people to be their authentic selves is a question that Kintsugi Hope has been answering for over five years now, writes Patrick Regan.

It’s a question that is of great importance, especially after a global pandemic that has resulted in a mental health crisis unlike anything that has ever been seen before.

Bringing good news around mental health and well-being in our churches must start with acceptance and authenticity.

Tim Keller said, “There is a version of Christianity that many of us bought into that has trained us to be professional pretenders. As people, are we ready to shatter that veneer of polished Christianity and step into the vulnerability the gospel requires before the great work of grace can transpire in our lives?


Read the whole article in context in the January 2024 issue of Direction Magazine.

Direction Magazine

Direction is the official monthly publication of the Elim Pentecostal Churches in the UK, and is packed with all Elim's latest news, inspiration, vision and teaching. Find the latest edition and many back issues of Direction here.

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