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In Wounded in the Church, Ray Beeson and Chris Howard combine their years of ministry experience to address head-on a commonly ignored or bypassed, though prevalent and devastating issue reality within the church—church members and church leaders who hurt their fellow Christians. The long-lasting effects left by such hurts and losses— rejection, shame, despair, loneliness, fear, or more— can be devastating and, so often, contribute to the rising number of "dones," those who are just done with God due to the scars left from the church.
Offering first-person accounts, Beeson and Howard provide a wake-up call for anyone who denies woundedness within the church, as well as a message of redemption for those who have been hurt from church wounds. Leaders and laypeople alike will learn how to grieve abuse, to leave unhealthy attitudes and patters that cause pain, and ultimately, to trust in God's real, delivering work through churches that build up rather than tear down.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
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Ray Beeson and Chris Hayward combine their years of ministry experience to address head-on the elephant in the room: church members and church leaders hurt Christians. All the time. And the long-lasting effectsrejection, shame, despair, loneliness, fearcan be devastating. The authors have witnessed the rise of the "dones," those who are just done with God thanks to scars from church.
With first-person stories of hurt and loss, this book is a wake-up call for any who deny woundedness in the church but is also a redemptive message for any who hurt from church wounds. Leaders and laypeople alike will learn how to grieve over abuse, to leave unhealthy attitudes and patterns that cause pain, and to trust in Gods real, delivering work through churches that build up, not tear down.
Thanks to the grace of God, there is always hope beyond the pain.
Chris Hayward has had over thirty-six years of pastoral ministry and is currently serving as president of Cleansing Stream Ministries, a discipleship ministry that works with the local church around the world. He is also the author of Gods Cleansing Stream (Chosen Books, 2004) and The End of Rejection (Chosen Books, 2007). Chris and his wife, Karen, live in Castaic, CA.
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