For ten years, I served the local church. During that time, I was secretly suffering from depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I was scared for anyone to know the extent of my despair.
After nearly dying by suicide at the age of 29, I started writing about faith and mental health, while also authoring books and articles featured by Relevant, Christian Courier, HuffPost, The Mighty, and USA Today.
In 2018, I started coaching pastors across the country. Through these coaching relationships, a theme became clear: Pastors feel personally exhausted and ill-prepared to address mental health. Since that time, I have been able to continue serving pastors, while developing a process that could help many congregations become more mentally well.
My process to help churches become unstuck in the arena of mental wellness is rooted in the belief that God cares equally about a church's spiritual and mental health. It is through that lens that I work to help churches find health and make an impact in their community.
If your church is ready to become more effective at serving the mental health population with compassion and practical tools, let's work together.
Most pastors I know are exhausted. Church work can feel draining. Chronic physical and spiritual fatigue can be deadly (no, really). But congregational health begins with pastoral health, so in addition to designing a plan for your church, we'll also create a self-care plan for your staff. I will be listening to the Holy Spirit and relying on God to provide the strength and wisdom we need to make this partnership a success.
Each church is different. There is no one-size-fits-all plan when it comes to church. Your church is unique; I want to celebrate that! Then, I will use my experience and expertise to help you flourish in the area of mental wellness.
I'm going to ask questions. If you're visiting my site, you already know your church needs help. It's my job to listen to your church's story, empower your leadership team, identify mental health resources in your community, and prepare you to better serve the mental health needs of your congregation.
God is in the serving business, and so am I. I will show up to each conversation with my sleeves rolled up, ready to get to work.
My Church Mental Wellness Process will help you evaluate your church's approach to mental health, create a self-care plan for your pastoral team, design an actionable vision, configure your mental health ministry team, and establish a system that works.
"When I was asking questions about my faith that didn't feel safe to ask anyone else in my life, Steve Austin was my safe, completely judgment-free place. Not only that, he gave me the permission I needed to ask the hard questions I needed to wrestle with. I *absolutely* would recommend him as a coach!"
"Sometimes we're so deep into our state of drowning that we can't see where to go for air. My conversation with Steve was the guiding light to give direction to the surface. I recommend this to anyone swept away by the current of an overwhelming situation or life."
"I have greatly enjoyed my discussions with Steve Austin and am grateful for his strength, positivity, and encouragement. While he always comes with a plan for our sessions, I appreciate his ability to adjust to the needs of the client and ask the sort of questions that enable thought and growth. Every penny and hour was worth it—I cannot recommend Steve’s work highly enough... "
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