Outside In Consulting

Every church needs a plan to help those with mental illness in their midst.  And the plan needs to turn into action.

Outside In Ministries works with your church to answer these and other questions specific to your community, educate both professional and volunteer leadership and develop a practical and easily implemented and repeatable action plan.

Information about mental illness is plentiful – even overwhelming –  but compiling it into a useful structure for your faith community is daunting.  Outside In Ministries can help.

References and Recommendations:  Bethany Place Baptist Church Richmond, VA

When a member of our church, Bethany Place Baptist, in Richmond gave a testimony that she had a mental illness and that others with similar conditions would like to form a support group, we didn’t know where to start.  Fortunately, we were led to contact Catherine Boyle of Outside In Ministries.  She met with us and provided us not only with research materials, organizations like DBSA, and contacts, but also gave us an outstanding presentation tailored to our group’s needs.  Catherine was an outstanding resource to help us plan a mental health ministry at our church.”  – Doug Cather


Considerations for every faith community:



What does mental illness look like?


How is your church meeting the physical and practical needs of those members with mental illness?


How is your church helping those members with mental illness find the health resources they need?


How is your church meeting the spiritual needs of those members with mental illness?


How is your faith community helping members with the financial burden of mental health treatment?

Actionable Ideas

  1. Communication Plan
  2. Practical Helps
  3. Alternative Church
  4. Events
  5. Training


  • Raising awareness and ending stigma costs nothing.
  • Investing time in a hurting person demonstrates Christ’s love.
  • Focusing on the substantial versus superficial needs of others creates true community.

The cost of inaction is steep.

Outside In Ministries Can Help

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