Protecting Your Mental Health & Helping Your Leaders Thrive Emotionally During COVID-19 [Podcast]

PART #1 – 5 Ways to Keep Community Vibrant through COVID-19

PART #2 – 5 Ways to Launch Online Small Groups NOW during COVID-19

PART #3 – 10 Checkpoints to Know if Your Small Group Ministry is Healthy during COVID-19

PART #4 – So You Launched Online Small Groups, Now What?

In PART #5 of this exclusive series on COVID-19 & Small Groups, host Carolyn Taketa interviews licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Susan Cha about what can you do to protect your mental health as a small group point person and help your leaders thrive emotionally during the COVID-19 crisis. Just click play to listen to this episode below.


Bio: Dr. Susan Cha is a licensed clinical psychologist with thirty years of experience working in various settings: university counseling centers, hospitals, and community mental health agencies. She is currently in private practice, specializing in depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, relational difficulties, and spiritual development. She is the author of Developing Restorative Connections, a manual on lay church counseling ministries. Susan also has a Master’s degree in theology from Fuller Seminary and has been leading the lay counseling ministry for the past decade in her local church as well as training support group and small group leaders. You can email her at 

God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.


  • Derek Olson

    Derek loves espresso, the outdoors and is passionate about building biblical community! He has been active in small group ministry since 2004 & is honored to serve as Pastor of Small Group Network Development at Saddleback Church.

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