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Thousands of pastors and church leaders to focus on mental health issues during church mental health day national event, May 21

Kay Warren, Carey Nieuwhof, Jon Acuff, Carlos Whittaker and 40+ others to speak is partnering with Medi-Share to offer a completely free virtual mental health summit for church leaders on May 21-22, 2021. The online event aims to increase awareness and education about mental health concerns in the personal lives of leaders, and the increasingly felt need found across communities during this pandemic time period. Registration is now open at

A recent Barna research study on pastors’ mental and emotional well-being showed a 9x increase in pastors reporting their own mental health as “below average.” Other research shows that 31% of pastors admit to struggling with their emotional well-being, and 64% say they are “somewhat” equipped to help their congregation’s mental health. 

Session talks will cover self-care for ministry leaders, and how to care for oneself while caring for a congregation and community on Day 1 of the 2-day event.

Day 2 on May 22 will offer sessions about how to address and support congregations and communities dealing with mental health concerns. 

This event will have over 30 speakers that are qualified mental health professionals, church leaders, and non-clinical professionals such as:

  • Kay Warren
  • Carey Nieuwhof
  • Jon Acuff
  • Dr. Crystal Collier
  • Carlos Wittaker
  • William Vanderbloemen
  • and 30+ other speakers is partnering with Medi-Share and several other organizations to be able to offer this event completely free to pastors, church staff, and church volunteers. Attendees can register for a free ticket by visiting

Thrive & Cultivate is designed for ministry leaders who align with the current state of the church to bring them new perspective, support, and a new strategy to implement in their life, ministry, and community.

The full schedule and event details are available at  

Multiple organizations have given support on this critical issue including Abide Bible & Sleep Mediation App, Steve and CDF Capital.

Church Communications, the producer of the event, is an organization aimed at helping church leaders communicate well for their local churches. At the core of the community is the Church Communications Facebook Group with over 28,000 members which is led by Katie Allred and Kenny Jahng. In addition, a podcast, website, Roku, AppleTV and Amazon Fire TV apps, and Church Communications PRO membership program are offered by the organization. To learn more, visit


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