|The Companionship Series consists of three booklets that guide faith communities in developing caring responses to individuals and families coping with the challenges posed by mental illness. You can purchase the entire Companionship Series through Pathways to Promise for $25.|
The Way of Companionship – Companionship is at the heart of a community’s caring response. The Companionship ministry described in this booklet was developed by Rev. Craig Rennebohm, a Mental Health Chaplain who for more than two decades worked on the streets of Seattle providing assistance to people experiencing mental illnesses and substance use challenges. Companionship includes listening, sharing the journey with a person side-by-side, neighboring (acknowledging our common humanity), providing hospitality, and helping develop a “circle of care.” This booklet describes how to develop and nurture these vital practices of companionship.
Organizing a Congregational Mental Health Team – A group of people dedicated to ensuring the community’s ongoing attention to mental health issues and to providing leadership in the development of caring responses is indispensable to the ongoing sustainability of mental health ministry. The Mental Health Team connects people to resources inside and outside of the faith community, identifies and plans necessary educational events for the congregation, and ensures the provision of support to people experiencing mental health challenges. This booklet also explains the ideal composition of the Mental Health Team and its accountable connection to authoritative structures of the community.