Date of Award

Fall 2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)


Barnett College of Ministry & Theology


Department of Christian Ministries and Religion

Primary Advisor

Dr. Mike Cuckler

Second Advisor

Dr. Robby Waddell

Third Advisor

Dr. Jim Vigil


In this thesis I have set out to answer the following question: “Is the Church an underestimated and overlooked resource in our nation’s mental health crisis?” I will do this by looking at three current realities the Church faces when it comes to building itself as a resource. I will then review three theological challenges that hinder the Churches efforts in building a faithful mental health theology. I will conclude by reviewing our hermeneutical approach to mental illness within scripture in hopes to better develop the way people see themselves and the way we see others within the text.