Helpful ADHD Guidance

Dec 10, 2020 | Uncategorized

Problems with Internalization of Faith Arising from ADHD:

  • Kids struggle to maintain a spiritually disciplined life
  • More difficulty meditating quietly upon God
  • May give up on Bible study when it becomes tedious
  • Difficulty delaying immediate gratification for long-term spiritual outcomes


Problems with Stability of Spiritual Growth Arising from ADHD:

  • Poor self-regulation increases vulnerability to negative environmental influences.
  • Tend to have intense spiritual experiences at VBS, camp, mission trips that fade when spiritual context is gone.
  • More prone to “roller-coaster” spirituality.
  • Shunned for volunteer, leadership opportunities if perceived as undisciplined, disorganized.
  • Drawn to religious contexts that are more participatory, action-oriented, relational (better doing than talking.)

Ministry Strategies for Persons with ADHD: Discipleship

  • Church and parents as partners in teaching kids about God.
  • They’ll learn and retain more in 1:1, small group situations.
  • Ministry resources need to be sent directly to parents…role for technology?
  • Where can they be involved in meaningful service?
  • Connecting them with others in the church is especially important.
  • Break Scripture into smaller, manageable parts.
  • Study guide format for sermon notes.
  • Small groups offer multiple accountability partners.
  • Where can they be involved in meaningful service?
  • You have to remind them if you want them to come – children/teens/adults.






What Can I Do to Help Someone I Love With ADHD Come to Faith, Grow In Faith

  • Spend time with your child one on one or as a family praying together, studying the Bible  together.
  • Make Jesus, Scripture interesting by sharing from your experiences.
  • Seek opportunities for your child to serve in ways that fit their talents, gifts.
  • Attend church regularly.
  • Invite them to church (or remind them to come).
  • Go with them to a church where they’re more likely to have a positive experience.
  • Pray, study the Bible, serve with them.
  • Connect them to others in the church who will accept them, follow up with them. My child: My spouse, sibling, friend![1]


[1] Stephen Grcevich, “Helping Kids with ADHD to Grow Spiritually” (PowerPoint slides, Key Ministry Presented at Parkside Church, Green Campus Uniontown, Ohio February 24, 2014) (accessed November 14, 20) (accessed November 14, 20)


Dr. Keith Phillips

Counseling Director

Keith Phillips DMin., LPC, LPC-S, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor. His therapy style is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy integrated with a biblical worldview; he is also certified as a Prepare and Enrich Marriage Counselor and an Anger Management Specialist.

More About Keith

Keith has worked with substance abuse clients at Miracle Hill Ministries and The Forrester Center. Prior to receiving his Doctorate of Ministry from North Greenville University, he received his Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Liberty University. Keith also served as Single Adults Minister (ages 40+) at First Baptist Spartanburg.

Dr. Keith Phillips' services include:

Premarital / Marital • Divorce • Career Guidance • Pornography • Grief & Loss • Anger • PTSD • Substance Addiction • Single Parenting • Blended Families • Anxiety & Depression • Coping Skills • OCD


 Keith offers (fee based) individual and group supervision for graduate level counseling students and LPC Associates interested in obtaining licensure in SC.

Deandra Comer

Student Counselor / Girls Ministry Director

Deandra Comer received her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and is pursuing her state licensure certification. Deandra counsels with preschoolers, young girls, boys, and ladies.

More about Deandra

Deandra's training experience includes work at Middle Tyger Community Center, Miracle Hill Ministries, and in the public school system. She also serves in our student’s ministry here at First Baptist working with girls.

Deandra Comer's services include:

Premarital / Marital • Eating Disorders • Career Guidance • ODD • Grief & Loss • Anger • PTSD • Addictions • Sexual Abuse • Blended Families • Anxiety & Depression • Coping Skills 

Norma Lynn Phillips

Counseling Office Manager

Norma Lynn Phillips is the office manager, “communication hub” of the Counseling offices, scheduling appointments, sending forms, and providing office support. She has also served on staff at First Baptist Preschool and Missions Ministry. She takes joy in connecting with and helping people, which is why she loves working with FBS Counseling!