Tag Archives: emotional

Anxiety and Depression: Influential Church Tackles Tough Topics

Cornwall seminar ad (photo by Eric Ward on Unsplash)

By Carl Stagner

It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from—anxiety and depression are real issues that affect real people all around you—perhaps including you. As a trusted partner to the Bellingham, Washington, community, Cornwall Church has long been in a position of influence to address the weighty matters that really matter to society, including mental health. Recognizing the massive need and the responsibility they have as salt and light, Cornwall Church recently welcomed a panel of three mental health professionals to their campus. During a seminar designed especially to inform and resource parents, Cornwall Church demonstrated once again that, among a cacophony of voices in the culture clamoring for attention and allegiance, they will not remain silent. Continue reading

Pastors Help Pastors Reach New Heights of Wholeness, Wellness

Tom Pelt and Jonathan Absher hiking in Colorado.

By Carl Stagner

At 14,000 feet, the views are breathtaking, but so is the air. Lower levels of oxygen—considered “thin” air—combined with unpredictable weather and potentially hazardous trail conditions, can pose health risks, at minimum, to even the most avid athlete. Hiking alone is not recommended at such altitudes, though many insist on doing so. Church of God pastors Tom Pelt and Jonathan Absher have reveled in the mountaintop experience among Colorado’s highest peaks and have recognized the vivid parallels to ministry. In an effort to see pastors minister at their peak, they’ve championed the holistic health vital to the daily climb. Without reinventing the wheel, but with intentionality and a genuine love for fellow pastors, they’ve taken specific strides in recent years to come alongside pastors, pull them out of isolation into community, and help them reach new heights of wholeness and wellness. Continue reading