149 episodes

Building a culture of care in your church can feel as complex as the people you serve. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Laura Howe offers listeners practical resources and actionable strategies to support leader’s well-being, strengthen volunteer teams and equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to care for your community.
With over 15 years of experience as a community mental health clinician, Laura, founder of Hope Made Strong specializes in Community Development Strategies.
You will be encouraged as you listen to expert guests get real with how they overcame challenges and developed best-practice methods of reaching and caring for your church and community.
If you want to develop a culture of care in your church and support your community without burning out your leaders? This is the podcast for you.

The Care Ministry Podcast Laura Howe

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Building a culture of care in your church can feel as complex as the people you serve. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Laura Howe offers listeners practical resources and actionable strategies to support leader’s well-being, strengthen volunteer teams and equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to care for your community.
With over 15 years of experience as a community mental health clinician, Laura, founder of Hope Made Strong specializes in Community Development Strategies.
You will be encouraged as you listen to expert guests get real with how they overcame challenges and developed best-practice methods of reaching and caring for your church and community.
If you want to develop a culture of care in your church and support your community without burning out your leaders? This is the podcast for you.

    147: Trained Listeners Can Transform Your Church with Dr. Jackie Perry

    147: Trained Listeners Can Transform Your Church with Dr. Jackie Perry

    Today, we're thrilled to welcome Dr. Jackie Perry to the podcast! Dr. Perry is a seasoned Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Supervisor, a Counseling Professor, and the Founder and President of The SoulWell Center, a non-profit organization in Western North Carolina. She shares valuable insights into honing the essential skill of listening. Discover how lay leaders can provide supportive and even preventative care through effective listening in today's episode!

     

    Quotes


    Good clinicians are integrating the “why” into the work they do.
    We don’t know how to do connection very well globally.
    The brain is good at anticipating…It’s not very good at sitting and waiting. 
    It takes some work to get to what’s underneath.
    We don’t need to be afraid of the science.
    Learn how to engage a story so people can feel seen and known.

     

    Resources


    The Attuned Listener

     

    Connect with Hope Made Strong

    Website: HopeMadeStrong.org

    Socials: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter – YouTube

    • 51 min
    146: How to Help the Pastoral Family Heal from Ministry Trauma with Kristen Humiston

    146: How to Help the Pastoral Family Heal from Ministry Trauma with Kristen Humiston

    The show today is a flashback to one of the amazing sessions at our 2023 Church Mental Health Summit with Kristen Humiston. Kristen and her family know what it’s like to be blindsided by an elder board and congregation’s decision to end their ministry as pastor. She knows firsthand the feeling of pouring your heart and soul into a community only to be met with abuse and malice. Church hurt isn’t only something she has studied, but it’s something that she has lived. 

     

    Quotes


    It was a death that no one wanted to acknowledge and we couldn’t talk about…
    God sees you, and He is already acting on your behalf to bring in healing.
    As a body of Christ, we have the opportunity to be healers of the broken, even when they are our shepherds among us.
    No one can define what is traumatic for another person, nor can anyone dictate when it’s time to move on.

     

    Resources


    https://theministrywifecoach.com/
    The Ministry Wife Coach Facebook page
    The Ministry Wife Coach Instagram page

     

    Connect with Hope Made Strong

    Website: HopeMadeStrong.org

    Socials: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter – YouTube

    • 28 min
    145: Are you really OK? Addressing mental and emotional health in the church with Debra Fileta

    145: Are you really OK? Addressing mental and emotional health in the church with Debra Fileta

    In one of our most-viewed sessions from the 2023 Church Mental Health Summit, Debra Fileta, a Licensed Professional Counselor, relationship expert, national speaker, and founder of the Debra Fileta Counselor’s Network, talks about the progression from thoughts to feelings to behaviors. As we take inventory of our thoughts, understand our emotions, and then trust what is true about God, we can experience the ways in which God desires to heal us.

     

    Quotes


    Just because you’re a Christian doesn’t mean you have to be “okay.”
    It’s ok not to be ok, but it’s not ok to stay there.
    We’ve got to put in the work for emotional and mental health.
    We need to remind our body that Jesus wins in the end.
    Our feelings are a signal cluing us into what’s happening below.
    Feelings are real, but they aren’t always true.

     

    Resources


    Are You Really Ok?, by Debra Fileta

     

    Connect with Hope Made Strong

    Website: HopeMadeStrong.org

    Socials: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter – YouTube

    • 30 min
    144: Gracism: Bridging the deep divides of race, faith, and culture with Dr. David Anderson

    144: Gracism: Bridging the deep divides of race, faith, and culture with Dr. David Anderson

    Today, you’re getting access to one of our most-viewed sessions from the 2023 Church Mental Health Summit. Dr. David Anderson is the Founder and President of Gracism Global, host of "Real Talk with Dr. David Anderson," and Founder/Lead Pastor of Bridgeway Community Church in Maryland. He is also an author and speaker. His session, called “I Will Heal With You,” gives us helpful ways to practice empathy with those who are hurting.

     

    Quotes


    “I will heal with you.”
    If I can feel with you, then I can heal with you.
    You are helping people with their mental “fender benders.”

     

    Resources


    Gracism: The Art of Inclusion, by Dr. David Anderson
    Gracism Global
    Instagram - @andersonspeaks

    Connect with Hope Made Strong

    Website: HopeMadeStrong.org

    Socials: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter – YouTube

    • 20 min
    143: Three Ways Your Church Is Set Up To Offer Hope To Its Congregation

    143: Three Ways Your Church Is Set Up To Offer Hope To Its Congregation

    As we do our best to navigate the ups and downs of those dealing with mental health struggles, it’s always good to be reminded that your church is already the best place to offer three core needs: belonging, purpose, and hope. Today, we’re specifically hearing how the local church can offer hope in three ways. We’re discovering why the ministry of your church cannot be replaced by any other organization to meet this need.

     

    Quotes


    [Hope] is central to one’s well-being, and yet, no system or community organization has the capacity to help people find it.  
    As ministry caregivers, we can both be the holders of hope AND invite people to look to God as the giver of hope. 
    God designed us to need what is offered organically in our local church.  Belonging, Purpose, and Hope. 

     

    Connect with Hope Made Strong

    Website: HopeMadeStrong.org

    Socials: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter – YouTube

    • 13 min
    142: Creating Opportunities To Add Value and Strengthen Purpose

    142: Creating Opportunities To Add Value and Strengthen Purpose

    Belonging, purpose, and hope. These are the three core needs every person brings with them when they enter the doors of your church. Are we meeting these needs? Today, Laura encourages us to ask the question, How does my church help people feel valuable? Listen in for three ways your church can practically support people and intentionally help them feel purpose.

     

    Quotes


    We are hardwired to have this sense of accomplishment–to crave being a part of something bigger than ourselves.
    We are to offer dignity and strengthen the purpose of every person who engages in their church.
    Every person is created with value and intention.
    Our care ministries need to be as unique as the people we serve.

     

    Connect with Hope Made Strong

    Website: HopeMadeStrong.org

    Socials: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter – YouTube

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Laurie Acker ,

Love! So neglected in the church and so needed!

Laura Howe, thank you for being a leading voice in a much overlooked ministry in the church today. Thank you for offering practical strategies for church leaders everywhere and also for shouting not only permission to care for ourselves but the priority of it! We have much to learn about the ministry of care.

Dave Eckert ,

Stories and Systems

I love how this podcast addresses both individual stories as well entire systems of care. Rather than being reductionistic in one direction or the other, Laura helps the church to holistically serve real people and create healthier communities.

Shantelle J. ,

Great Content

Thank you for providing content that is helpful, encouraging and meaningful! I love how mental health and Christianity is incorporated.

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