Renovating the Heart of Kingdom Leaders - Part 17

A Theology of Suffering and Care

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Dr. Mark Mayfield joins the Gary Wilkerson Podcast for a conversation on suffering, a topic that scholars have discussed and debated for centuries. They talk through some of the common perspectives on why suffering happens and encourage listeners that God is faithful through the darkest times in life.

Key Points from the Podcast

  • When facing suffering or difficult times, often our natural response is to get over it as quick as possible, but God wants us to have peace as we go through trials because we know that he is with us and working things out for good.

  • If we believe that all suffering is God’s punishment, then we will not walk alongside others in their trials to encourage and comfort them.

  • Are you living for your own glory, comfort and ease or are you willing to take up your cross daily

  • There is tremendous power and healing as we share our story with others and ask them about their story; but we must be sure it is with people who will not bring shame and judgment.

Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

Psalm 23, 1 Kings 19:1–18; Philippians 2:12

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About Dr. Mark Mayfield

Dr. Mayfield is a former pastor, a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a board-certified counselor, and founder and CEO of Mayfield Counseling Centers.

He has more than 14 years of professional counseling experience in clinical, judicial, and faith-based counseling settings across a wide range of patient demographics. Mayfield has professional experience in treating and addressing anxiety, depression, and PTSD, substance abuse, domestic violence, self-injury, and suicide. He is passionate about the integration of faith and mental health.

Dr. Mayfield recently launched his book, titled “HELP! My Teen is Self-Injuring: A Crisis Manual for Parents”  which addresses his own suicide survival story, self-injury, and how to help your child who might be going through this. His second book “The Path Out of Loneliness: Finding and Fostering Connection to God, Ourselves, and One Another”, published through NavPress/Tyndale House, released September 2021.

He has been featured in prominent media outlets including Woman’s Day, Hello Giggles, NBC, Reader’s Digest, Byrdie, and more. Dr. Mayfield is on a list of mental health professionals that was invited to the White House in December 2019 and has had periodic calls with the White House to discuss mental health in America.

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About Gary Wilkerson

Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

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