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Supported & Loved

Ministering to Those with Anxiety and Depression

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Ministering to Those with Anxiety and Depression

October 6, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Swanson Center
Carol Joy Holling Camp


Depression and anxiety, although rarely discussed, impact your congregants. This one-day workshop is for church workers to gain basic knowledge of depression and anxiety, discover resources and think about how to best support and love those in your community impacted by depression and anxiety. The goal of this workshop is to be a springboard of learning, so you can go back into your contexts with the ability to use what you’ve learned to minister more fully to your congregants, but also to be better able to determine where you may need to seek more information.


Saturday, October 6:

9:00 a.m.       Check-In
9:15 a.m.       Introductions & Devotion
9:30 a.m.       Session 1: Depression and Anxiety Basics
12:00 p.m.     Lunch
12:45 p.m.     Session 2: Resources
2:00 p.m.       Session 3: Procedures with Deacon Kathy Paisley
2:45 p.m.       Break
3:00 p.m.       Session 4: Working with Youth and Families

Session Descriptions

Session 1: Depression and Anxiety Basics

A therapist from Lutheran Family Services will give the group a crash course understanding of depression and Anxiety. In addition, they will share how LFS can support your congregants through the programs they have.

Session 2: Resources

Jennifer Sparrock, manager for Social Work at Nebraska Medicine and NAMI Nebraska board member, will present on available local and national resources. You will also look at how to find resources as situations arise and how to proactively build a web of resources and referrals you can feel confident in.

Session 3: Procedures

Deacon Kathy Paisley has done a lot of work with crafting church procedures that protect our most vulnerable people. She will lead participants through basic to include within policy and procedure writing.

Session 4: Working with Youth and Families

Kelley Miller will help wrap up the workshop by thinking "what's next?" She will facilitate discussion on how you can support and love people in your own context. This will be a time to process how the information from the workshop will impact how you do ministry more intentionally when you go back to your congregation.


Only $35 for meals, snacks and retreat leadership!


Carol Joy Holling's first class Swanson Retreat Center will be home for the retreat. There are also more than 300 acres of land to explore during your down-time and a top-notch kitchen to enhance your retreat experience!


If you have questions about this Supported and Loved Retreat, please contact Katherine Albin at or 402-944-2544.

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