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Dr. Jon Kocmond looks at photos of his family in his home office in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kocmond lost his 16-year-old son, Nathan, to suicide in the fall of 2017. He has since been active in the suicide support group at Christ Episcopal Church. Photos by Wendy Yang

A church invests in mental health in response to parishioners' suffering

A 6,400-member congregation in North Carolina has created a “wellness director” position after experiencing six suicides in five years.

The Rev. Dr. Heber M. Brown III has leveraged his church's garden into a multi-state network that connects black churches, black-owned farms, markets and consumers. Photos courtesy of Black Church Food Security Network

A network of black farmers and black churches delivers fresh food from soil to sanctuary

The Black Church Food Security Network promotes long-term economic empowerment among black farmers and congregations while addressing issues of health, food accessibility and self-determination.

Legs of a man running on a bridge

Like runners, ministers benefit when they learn healthy habits that allow them to pause and experience restoration from concerns and fatigue and be refilled by the spirit of God. Bigstock/Dean Drobot

Mike Cope: Contemplation, relationships, emotional maturity and self-care are key to pastoral thriving

Theological training doesn’t offer ministers everything they need to flourish. Pastoral peer groups that develop additional competencies can fill the gap, writes a minister who is director of ministry outreach at Pepperdine University.