How can churches better understand and address mental health and pastoral care issues? We invite you to partner with us as we develop resources with this question in mind. We draw on the great wisdom and guidance offered in the Bible, combined with the best psychological and medical research. Our hope is that these resources will make a real and lasting impact on the mental and spiritual well-being of many in our churches and communities.
Sarah and Rev. Dr. Keith Condie
Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute
WHO WE ARE:
The Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute (MHPCI) is part of Mary Andrews College at Anglican Deaconess Ministries in Sydney, Australia, and provides reformed evangelical churches and ministry leaders everywhere with biblically and theologically informed training and resources for pastoral care with excellence. Our primary purpose is to promote well-being while alleviating distress, especially for those suffering from mental illness.
Sarah Condie is Co-Director/Founder with her husband Keith of the Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute at Anglican Deaconess Ministries in Sydney, Australia. She is also a women’s pastor and Director of Well-being & Care at Church by the Bridge, Sydney. Before serving in full time vocational ministry, she worked as a law librarian at the State Library of NSW for many years and loved it. Sarah loves to read, walk, quilt, drink cups of tea with friends at the kitchen table, and write on her blog when she can.
Rev. Dr. Keith Condie is Co-Director/Founder with his wife Sarah of the Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute at Anglican Deaconess Ministries. He has degrees in psychology, theology and history, and for his PhD, he looked at meditation in the thought of a seventeenth-century Puritan pastor, Richard Baxter. Keith has worked in child welfare for the state government as well as serving as an Assistant Minister in two churches in Sydney. For nearly 20 years, he was on the faculty at Moore Theological College as Dean of Students and lecturer in ministry and church history. Keith enjoys reading, keeping fit, cooking and the ritual of Thursday night family dinners, while escaping occasionally to the coast to walk along isolated beaches.
In 2018, Keith & Sarah celebrated their 37th year of marriage. They have three adult children and two daughters-in-law. For nearly twenty years, they have led numerous workshops and courses across Australia on building better marriages.
WHAT WE DO:
The MHPCI functions across three levels:
Prevention – We provide programs and other resources that strengthen and enrich arenas that are formative for robust mental health;
Equipping – We provide training, courses and resource materials so that pastors and other members of churches can care for each other more effectively;
Support – We provide assistance to alleviate the distress of those suffering with long-term mental health issues, both the individuals concerned and those caring for them.
WHAT WE BELIEVE:
We believe in God’s loving concern for the spiritual, mental, emotional, physical and social wellbeing of all.
We are convinced that the Gospel of Jesus Christ speaks into all life contexts to provide grace and encouragement, and to alleviate distress.
We believe that ministries of care and compassion to people who are in need and suffering distress are an appropriate outworking and fruit of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Because our approach is holistic, we believe that the reality of human embodiment means that physiological and psychological processes affect mental health. Therefore, Christian believers who suffer mental illness, as well as needing pastoral care, will often require assistance from professionals in the area of mental health.
We believe that pastoral care is a necessary complement, but not a competitor, to the work of mental health professionals.
We believe that God has created an ordered world open to human investigation; therefore we affirm the value and wisdom obtained from scientific enquiry and from evidence-based treatments.
With regard to mental health, we believe that, whenever possible, our focus should be on prevention.