Mental and Emotional Illness and Youth Ministry: Ministering with Eyes Wide Open

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership (MAML)


College of Christian Ministries and Religion


Department of Christian Ministries and Religion

Primary Advisor

Brian M. Kelly Ph.D.


There is a definite need for youth ministers to have a clearer understanding of mental and emotional illness in Pentecostal young people so they can then expand the way they minister to those young people and their families. Youth pastors may not expect that one or more young people in their youth group could be struggling with mental illness. "Most people are surprised to learn that mental illness is incredibly common. In fact, mental disorders are the number-one cause of disability in North America." A pastor's job extends far beyond preaching on Sunday morning or Wednesday evening. Pastors are expected to be confidants, counselors and encouragers.

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