Making Space at the Well

by Jessica Brown. Judson Press, April 1, 2020.


This book encourages the Black Church to lift the curtain on the stigma of the mental and emotional challenges of its congregants and provides a blueprint for assessing needs and developing a mental health ministry.


SPACE model; strategic plans for reducing stigma; primer on common mental disorders

Recommended Audience

clergy, lay leaders, mentors


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Learn from the case studies and best practices presented in this book and apply them to your congregation to create a framework for your mental health ministry.
  • Utilize the SPACE acronym illustrated in the book as a roadmap toward the implementation of a mental health ministry

About the Contributor

Karen Goley

Karen Goley uses her resource knowledge and relational style to work closely with congregations as a resource consultant and behind the scenes with our robust database of resources and doing project work.  Prior to joining the Center, Karen spent over fifteen years in the human resources field, serving nonprofit and financial services organizations in the Indianapolis area and the suburbs of Chicago.

With faith as her foundation, Karen enjoys spending quality time with her family and is a very proud Purdue University alum.  Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision, Karen put her pride on full display by naming the family pup Mackey- after Purdue basketball’s Mackey Arena.  Boiler Up!

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