Mental health issues are real issues that people navigate every day. I believe the church is the best place to turn when we are struggling. Yet, church leaders often struggle with how to offer counsel and care in the best way. Some assert that every issue is rooted in sin and therefore can only be resolved in the truth of Scripture. Others don’t apply the Scriptures to mental or emotional health instead punting every counsel and care need to the world of psychology. The Bible is clear that sin entered the world in Genesis 3 and broke everything. We are all marred by sin. The Scripture is also clear that people will struggle in life because of sin. The Good news demonstrates God is actively restoring and redeeming the world through His crucified, resurrected Son, Jesus. Eternally, Jesus is the answer to every kind of brokenness. Sometimes though, people need a doctor as much as they need a prayer. For instance, most wouldn’t hesitate to recommend someone to an oncologist if there was a remote possibility of cancer. We would pray and we would refer. We wouldn’t assume that the cancer was caused by the effects of personal sin. Why do we not approach mental health with the same holistic perspective? When is biblical counsel alone enough and when does someone need more? While embracing a biblical worldview and believing in the freeing, restorative power of the gospel, I have learned to build a team around the people that I counsel as a pastor. I recently created a diagram to help our team understand how to best help people. I think it is self explanatory. I hope it helps you and your church as you seek to understand, counsel, and care for people.