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Fresh Hope for Mental Health is a production of Fresh Hope Ministries, www.FreshHope.us. The purpose of Fresh Hope for Mental Health is to empower those with a mental health diagnosis to live a faith-filled and rich life in spite of having a mental health challenge. The program is hosted by Pastor Brad Hoefs, the founder of Fresh Hope. He is also the author of, "Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis" www.FreshHopeBook.com

The program consists of insights for how to live well in spite of having a mental illness as well as interviews with those who have a diagnosis sharing their journey and insights to living well. Fresh Hope offers local Christian mental health recovery groups through out the United States.

For more information go to: www.FreshHope.us or email: info@FreshHope.us

Fresh Hope for Mental Health Pastor Brad Hoefs

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Fresh Hope for Mental Health is a production of Fresh Hope Ministries, www.FreshHope.us. The purpose of Fresh Hope for Mental Health is to empower those with a mental health diagnosis to live a faith-filled and rich life in spite of having a mental health challenge. The program is hosted by Pastor Brad Hoefs, the founder of Fresh Hope. He is also the author of, "Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis" www.FreshHopeBook.com

The program consists of insights for how to live well in spite of having a mental illness as well as interviews with those who have a diagnosis sharing their journey and insights to living well. Fresh Hope offers local Christian mental health recovery groups through out the United States.

For more information go to: www.FreshHope.us or email: info@FreshHope.us

    Helpful Questions to Stay Positive

    Helpful Questions to Stay Positive

    In this enlightening episode, Pastor Brad delves into the crucial topic of maintaining positivity amidst life's challenges, offering invaluable insights through 8 thought-provoking questions. As life often presents obstacles and trials, having practical tools to navigate them becomes essential. Among the questions explored are: "Is this truly worth becoming upset over at this moment?" and "What lessons can I extract from this experience?" Tune in to this podcast to discover the remaining questions and empower yourself with strategies for fostering resilience and optimism in the face of adversity.
    We encourage you to share this podcast with your friends via your social media connections.
    After listening to this podcast, we encourage you to email us at info@FreshHope.us with a comment or question we will share on our next podcast.  
    If you are listening to this podcast on iTunes, we encourage you to comment on the podcast. Or you can leave a voice message for us on the site:  www.FreshHope4MentalHealth.com.

    • 18 min
    "What is a Hope Coach?" Interview with Peggy Rice

    "What is a Hope Coach?" Interview with Peggy Rice

    In this podcast episode, Pastor Brad engages in a conversation with Peggy Rice, who shares her journey of encountering Fresh Hope during a challenging battle with depression. Peggy recounts how she sought peer-to-peer support for mental health struggles and discovered Fresh Hope, a turning point in her life. Currently residing in Colorado, Peggy now volunteers as a Hope Coach Trainer.
    Hope Coaching, a program offered by Fresh Hope, extends a lifeline to individuals navigating crises or battling with hopelessness. For those seeking connection with a Hope Coach, the podcast encourages them to visit https://freshhope.us/hope-coach-connector/ for more information.
    If the idea of becoming a Hope Coach resonates with you, the podcast provides an opportunity to make a difference. You can explore the path to becoming a certified Hope Coach and helping others by clicking here: https://freshhope.us/product/hope-coach-training/ .
    We encourage you to share this podcast with your friends via your social media connections.
    After listening to this podcast, we encourage you to email us at info@FreshHope.us with a comment or question we will share on our next podcast.  
    If you are listening to this podcast on iTunes, we encourage you to comment on the podcast. Or you can leave a voice message for us on the site:  www.FreshHope4MentalHealth.com.

    • 24 min
    8 Questions to Ask When You Are In A Negative Situation by Pastor Brad

    8 Questions to Ask When You Are In A Negative Situation by Pastor Brad

    We encourage you to share this podcast with your friends via your social media connections.
    After listening to this podcast, we encourage you to email us at info@FreshHope.us with a comment or question we will share on our next podcast.  
    If you are listening to this podcast on iTunes, we encourage you to comment on the podcast. Or you can leave a voice message for us on the site:  www.FreshHope4MentalHealth.com.
    Pastor Brad Hoefs is an ordained Pastor and Member of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations. He has been pastoring since 1985, and he is currently the pastor of Anchor of Hope Church in Omaha, Nebraska (since 1995). The church has seen over 110% growth in the 18 months after Fresh Hope started meeting.
    Pastor Brad is the Executive Director of WorshipOutlet.com. He founded Fresh Hope in 2009. 
    He is a State-certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist and was appointed by Governor Heineman of Nebraska to serve on the State Advisory Committee on Mental Health Services.
    He is also the author of Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis, published in 2013

    • 15 min
    "How To Be a Mental Health Warrior" with Danei Edelen

    "How To Be a Mental Health Warrior" with Danei Edelen

    Danei Edelen is the founder of NAMI Brown County in Ohio. “I am a wife, mother, founder of NAMI Brown County, and 2020 Ohio News Media Hooper Award winner for my original column related to mental health.
    https://mentalhealthwarrior.life/
    We encourage you to share this podcast with your friends via your social media connections.
    After listening to this podcast, we encourage you to email us at info@FreshHope.us with a comment or question we will share on our next podcast.  
    If you are listening to this podcast on iTunes, we encourage you to comment on the podcast. Or you can leave a voice message for us on the site:  www.FreshHope4MentalHealth.com.
    Pastor Brad Hoefs is an ordained Pastor and Member of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations. He has been pastoring since 1985, and he is currently the pastor of Anchor of Hope Church in Omaha, Nebraska (since 1995). The church has seen over 110% growth in the 18 months after Fresh Hope started meeting.
    Pastor Brad is the Executive Director of WorshipOutlet.com. He founded Fresh Hope in 2009. 
    He is a State-certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist and was appointed by Governor Heineman of Nebraska to serve on the State Advisory Committee on Mental Health Services.
    He is also the author of Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis, published in 2013.

    • 33 min
    When Christmas Is Difficult by Pastor Brad Hoefs

    When Christmas Is Difficult by Pastor Brad Hoefs

    Christmas can be a difficult time for many people, especially when it reminds us of the loss of a loved one or past traumatic experiences. In this podcast Pastor Brad shares some insights on how to deal with Christmas in a better way. Don't forget to share this podcast with someone who needs hope this Christmas season.
    We encourage you to share this podcast with your friends via your social media connections.
    After listening to this podcast, we encourage you to email us at info@FreshHope.us with a comment or question we will share on our next podcast.  
    If you are listening to this podcast on iTunes, we encourage you to comment on the podcast. Or you can leave a voice message for us on the site:  www.FreshHope4MentalHealth.com.
    Pastor Brad Hoefs is an ordained Pastor and Member of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations. He has been pastoring since 1985, and he is currently the pastor of Anchor of Hope Church in Omaha, Nebraska (since 1995). The church has seen over 110% growth in the 18 months after Fresh Hope started meeting.
    Pastor Brad is the Executive Director of WorshipOutlet.com. He founded Fresh Hope in 2009. 
    He is a State-certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist and was appointed by Governor Heineman of Nebraska to serve on the State Advisory Committee on Mental Health Services.
    He is also the author of Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis, published in 2013.

    • 12 min
    Healing the Heart Wounds of Ministry by Brian Runge and Kevin Abbott

    Healing the Heart Wounds of Ministry by Brian Runge and Kevin Abbott

    In this episode Pastor Brad discusses with Kevin Abbot and Brian Runge the experience of participating in a Healing the Heart Wounds of Ministry retreat. Don't miss this interview to learn more and don’t forget to share it with your pastor or a friend of yours in ministry.
    Kevin Abbott serves as the Associate Director/Chief of Staff for the Union Baptist Association in Houston, TX. He has been a pastor and a leader in churches throughout the state of Texas for the past 25 years. His heart and passion is to encourage, care for, and coach pastors and church leaders. Kevin leads The Resilient Pathway citywide movement serving over 1,000 pastors in the Houston metro area coming alongside church leaders to introduce and create experiences that foster the “Five Habits of Leaders Who Finish Well.” through pastor groups, quarterly gatherings, yearly retreats, and coaching networks. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and will graduate with a DMin in Lifelong Leader Development at Fuller Seminary in 2024. He is the husband to his wife Mindy and a proud father of three beautiful children, Callie, Abigail & Joshua.

    Brian E Runge serves as the Director of Ministry Relations for Salem Media Group in Houston, Texas. Brian has served with Salem Media in Ministry Relations since 2006 and before that as a pastor in campus ministry and Lutheran Churches in Oxford, Mississippi (The University of Mississippi) , Normal, Illinois (Illinois State University), Shalimar - Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, and in Houston, Texas. Brian graduated from Iowa State University in 1980 with a degree in Interpersonal Communication and a minor in Classical Greek. He graduated in 1985 with a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis Missouri. Brian and his wife Jill have 3 grown sons and 11 grandchildren.
    We encourage you to share this podcast with your friends via your social media connections.
    After listening to this podcast, we encourage you to email us at info@FreshHope.us with a comment or question we will share on our next podcast.  
    If you are listening to this podcast on iTunes, we encourage you to comment on the podcast. Or you can leave a voice message for us on the site:  www.FreshHope4MentalHealth.com.
    Pastor Brad Hoefs is an ordained Pastor and Member of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations. He has been pastoring since 1985, and he is currently the pastor of Anchor of Hope Church in Omaha, Nebraska (since 1995). The church has seen over 110% growth in the 18 months after Fresh Hope started meeting.
    Pastor Brad is the Executive Director of WorshipOutlet.com. He founded Fresh Hope in 2009. 
    He is a State-certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist and was appointed by Governor Heineman of Nebraska to serve on the State Advisory Committee on Mental Health Services.
    He is also the author of Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis, published in 2013.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Aries 21 ,

Thank you

I’ve been enjoying the Fresh Hope episodes for a while. As a parent of a young adult who struggles with mental health issues, this podcast helps me feel less alone and also provides relevant information that is helpful. Thank you!

Trennerwyo ,

Wonderful Mental Health Resource

I just discovered Fresh Hope a few days ago and the amount of education and help for understanding
my own mood disorders is beyond anything I have ever found. Thank you so much Pastor Brad for devoting your life and time to making this available to people who need help and aren't finding it on their own.

Jasman3269 ,

Fantastic Program Filled with Wisdom and Truth

I am so blessed to have found this. I feel like this is the program I needed to hear right now. So much truth in love. Thank you Pastor Brad, you are a blessing to me.

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