DESCRIPTION: Church hurt happens when your church experience leaves you with a wound that requires time for healing and time for you to recover.
Something painful happens that fuzes together with your experience of church. It can shake us to the very core.
Places that used to be sacred to us can become painful triggers. For at least a season, to stay close to Jesus means you have to distance yourself from church.
This seminar is not about “returning to church”. It provides a safe community to process your experience.
This seminar will help you outline the means by which we can all experience a process of healing leading to resilience. Resilience is the capacity to recover from difficulties. Resilience often begins by realizing you need to take a break. Resilience is not “powering through” the hurt.
Experiencing spiritual abuse changes us. It is painful and an utter contradiction of what healthy spiritual experiences are designed to do.
Part of healing is understanding what has happened to you.
Spiritual abuse is often an abuse of power relationships (a pastor, a supervisor, or an elder board).
It can range from toxic church cultures, the cruel use of words, or even well-intentioned ignorance. When those who should use the tools of pastoring use coercion and bullying, spiritual abuse has occurred.
Pastoring must listen, ask questions, empathize, as well as appeal to scripture, gently persuade, and throughout all of this graciously demonstrate respect and love.
Spiritual abuse intrudes into the sacred space between our conscience and God. Spiritual abuse is generally couched in spiritual terms or righteous causes adding to the abuse and the wound. The silence of friends is one of the deepest wounds.
Use the contact us form to request a spiritual abuse personal inventory and/or request more information about this seminar.
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What is Coming:
Healing from Wounds of Trauma (online): Multiple Week Seminar
Church Hurt (online): 3 sessions
Special Worship Event (in person):
Book Discussions: Details TBA
- Deeply Formed Life by Rich Villodas
- Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church by Diane Langberg