Congregational Resource Guide
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'A Place to Come Back To' provides an excellent theological and practical launching point for churches considering ways to reach those with mental health problems. While it confronts the viewer with the potential devastation facing many suffering from mental illness, the film offers alternatives to ignoring the problems. For example, one congregation offers a monthly fellowship meal, with music and entertainment involving mentally ill guests from nearby group homes. Another medium-sized inner city church provides hot meals and a place to sleep. In another congregation, a father pleads for someone to befriend his son,someone to call and spend time with his son. The role and value of the church in the lives of those living with mental illness is highlighted. Conversely, the gifts and contributions of persons with mental illness are also stressed. The church not only gives care, but receives blessings. 'A Place to Come Back To' provides striking facts about mental illness and workable examples of how the church can reach persons and families living with mental illness. For small groups desiring to begin a ministry in this area, and as a tool for educating the entire congregation, this video is a significant resource.