Loneliness has become a worldwide epidemic. Pastors and the global Church have a crucial role in solving the universal problem of loneliness — we can make a difference!
To help you prepare your people (especially after the virus) the resources on this page are free and may save you hundreds of hours of research as you prepare Bible studies and sermons.
Trusting you will be encouraged!
Dr. Roger McIntyre, professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at the University of Toronto and head of the Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit at the University Health Network in Toronto, was quoted in a recent The Christian Post interview about the coronavirus taking its toll on Americans mentally.
“The literature around religiosity and spirituality is very clear. Church attendance, for example, has been shown to reduce suicides in a robust way. It decreases mental illness, it decreases drug and alcohol issues and so we really encourage that.”
God’s Word Says …
Loneliness has become a growing epidemic. For those who live alone, it is nothing short of isolating. In order to help us with difficulties like this, be encouraged with what God says to us.
The Loneliness Crisis on U.S. College Campuses, LA Times Op Ed by Varun Soni, Dean of Religious Life at University of Southern California.
“Colleges and universities have always had a responsibility to develop the whole student so that our young people are able to make not just a living, but a life. Today, that means examining a new range of challenges that students face and developing a new approach to well-being on campus. By doing so, colleges and universities can help empower students to transform the world by transforming themselves.”
The History of Loneliness Can Help Us, Time.com by Fay Bound Alberti.
“…loneliness is not a universal human condition, but a historically specific one. Before 1800, loneliness wasn’t even a word in regular use in the English language. Where it was used, it meant the same as a much more common term: oneliness, the state of being alone.”
Loneliness (Broken and Shattered Relationships)
The following research addresses the loneliness issue outside as well as within the Church environment. The effects are tremendous both among believers and non-believers and need to be addressed at this crucial time. Educate yourself with these statistics and find helpful tips to feel less lonely and more connected.