Healing Spiritual Abuse
How to Break Free from Bad Church Experience Are you a victim of Spiritual Abuse? Are you discouraged from questioning the decisions or teachings church leaders make? If you do little or no volunteer work for the...
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How to Break Free from Bad Church Experience
Are you a victim of Spiritual Abuse? Are you discouraged from questioning the decisions or teachings church leaders make? If you do little or no volunteer work for the church, do you feel like a second-class Christian? Does your pastor insist on being addressed by a title such as "Dr." or "Pastor"? Do you hear many broad, vague appeals to "surrender fully," "yield completely" or "lay it all on the altar"? Are public reports about various ministry activities sometimes exaggerated? Do church members feel safe talking only about past victories, not present struggles? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a victim of spiritual abuse.
Many of us have gone through bad church experiences that have left us feeling like failures. Blaming ourselves, we asked for God's forgiveness, but felt distant from the church and sometimes from God too.
Often, however, the fault is not ours but that of Christian leaders who abuse spiritually. How can we recognize the signs of spiritual abuse? What can we do to gain healing from the wounds we have experienced?
With clarity and refreshing honesty, Ken Blue answers these questions and offers hope and healing to the victims of spiritual abuse. In addition he shows Christian leaders how to avoid abusive patterns and instead offer Christ's gospel of grace to every casualty of bad church experiences
Table of Contents
1. An Invitation to Freedom
2. The Seat of Moses -- The Power to Abuse
3. Sniffing Out the Yeast of the Pharisees
4. Heavy Loads
5. They Do It for Show
6. Majoring on Minors and Missing the Point
7. Who Gets Hooked and Why
8. Healed by Grace
9. Healthy Church Leadership 10. Healthy Church Discipline
Dr. Ken Blue (D.Min, Fuller Theological Seminary, MCS, Regent College) is a principal consultant with the CoNavigant Group and a popular conference speaker. For the past 25 years, Dr. Blue has helped organizations to change the way people are led and he has helped countless people dramatically improve their lives. He is known for moving audiences with powerful, provocative, and practical insights that are rooted in timeless principles.Ken is the author of several best-selling books that have been translated into over twenty languages. His published works include Authority to Heal, Church Discipline That Heals, and Healing Spiritual Abuse.. After serving as a missionary in Communist East Europe, where he was imprisoned, Dr. Blue planted several churches in Canada, while establishing a mission to street kids in Vancouver. In 2001, Ken resigned as senior pastor of a church in San Diego that he had planted 12 years earlier. Since then, Ken has spent the majority of his time bringing these valued insights and counsel to a theologically and financially impoverished Church. In addition, he is a five-time All American who set both American and world records in swimming and was selected for the 1968 U.S. Olympic Training Team in Modern Pentathlon. Both his academic and athletic careers taught Dr. Blue that our success in largely determined by our habits of thought. Ken has spent his subsequent years teaching and counseling others to develop and re-develop these habits.
- 1. An Invitation To Freedom
- 2. The Seat Of Moses -- The Power To Abuse
- 3. Sniffing Out The Yeast Of The Pharisees
- 4. Heavy Loads
- 5. They Do It For Show
- 6. Majoring On Minors And Missing The Point
- 7. Who Gets Hooked And Why
- 8. Healed By Grace
- 9. Healthy Church Leadership
- 10. Healthy Church Discipline