Virtual event

Free virtual event aims to equip and empower church leaders on mental health issues

Free event for church leaders presented by Hope Made Strong and Spiritual First Aid

Spiritual First Aid will partner with Hope made strong present the Church Mental Health Summit. The free online summit for church leaders is a one-day event that will be available on demand on Monday, October 10 from 7:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. ET. Guest speakers include industry leaders in faith and mental health such as Dr. Diane Langburg, Rich Villodas, Matthew Standford and many more.

“It is an honor and a privilege to partner with Spiritual First Aid to present a world-class gathering of speakers, pastors and people with lived experience to equip the local church around the world to support health mental health in their churches and communities,” Laura said. Howe, founder of Hope Made Strong. “The on-demand sessions will address the mental health issues – from leadership wellness to pastoral strategies – that matter most to church leaders. This free event provides access to high-level training for everyone.

With the rise in mental health issues and the fact that people are more comfortable going to their church for help rather than seeing medical professionals, there is a greater need for leaders of the department are equipped to meet mental health needs.

By attending the Church Mental Health Summit, attendees will be equipped with practical tools, engage with biblical resources, and learn research-developed strategies to support mental health.

We are thrilled to partner with Hope Made Strong for the Church Mental Health Summit,” said Jamie Aten, co-founder of Spiritual First Aid and founder and executive director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute. “This is a much-needed event, as recent studies show that approximately 70% of church members will experience trauma at some point in their lives and more than 30% of pastors are at high or medium risk of burnout. professional. The more we understand our emotional and spiritual struggles, the more we can act to overcome them. »

The top one the presentations are organized in 4 tracks: Global health, community health, church health and leadership health. The sessions are open to all participants free of charge on October 10.

Attendees can join the 50+ presenters for uplifting messages of hope and practical resources that will educate and encourage them to better serve their churches and care for their communities. Speakers include:

  • Dr. Jamie Aten – Founder and Executive Director, Humanitarian Disaster Institute and Chairman Blanchard, Humanitarian & Disaster Leadership at Wheaton College
  • Kent Annan – Director, Humanitarian and Disaster Leadership at Wheaton College’s Institute for Humanitarian Disasters
  • Dr. Diane Langburg – Psychologist and international speaker
  • Dr. Karl Benzio – Medical Director, American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
  • Dr. Matthew Stanford – CEO, Hope and Healing Center & Institute
  • Laura Howe – Founder, Hope Made Strong
  • Cheryl Nembhard – Founder and Soul Care Coach, The Lighthouse Project
  • Dr. Gregg Jantz – Founder, The Center A place of HOPE
  • Michelle Neihart – Licensed Professional Counselor, Your Mental Health Coach
  • Kobe Campbell – CEO and Chief Therapist, The Healing Circle
  • JS Park – Hospital Chaplain, published author and viral blogger
  • Brad Hoefs – Founder and Executive Director, Fresh Hope
  • Rich Villodas – Senior Pastor, New Life Fellowship Church
  • Dr. Xavier Amador – President, LEAP Institute
  • Marty Sawyers – President and CEO, Full Strength Network
  • Steve Grcevich – President and Founder, Key Ministry
  • Daniel Whitehead – CEO, Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries
  • Kayla Stoecklein – Widow, Author and Lawyer, Rebuilding Beautiful
  • Thad Austin – Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Congregational Engagement, Duke University

Upon registration, summit attendees will have access to a password-protected website with sessions available for viewing on October 10. For those wishing to view post-event sessions for staff training and volunteer onboarding, a $79 All-Access pass is required. Purchasing an all-access pass grants lifetime access to all summit videos. Additional information and event registration is available at


Dena J Dyer
Spiritual First Aid
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