NOT IN MY CHURCH!
Domestic violence in the faith community is a hidden secret! I am excited to invite you to a training seminar for the purpose of equipping church and ministry leaders with the skills to address domestic abuse in the Christian home. It is being held in the greater Portland area on Wednesday, May 6th at Grace Chapel in Wilsonville. Brad Peterson, Family Pastor with Grace Chapel, will be joining me as we team teach on this significant issue within our faith community from our shared experience of working with victims and abusive men. We will be answering the questions: What is domestic abuse? Why is it important? Why do some men abuse? Why do some women stay in an abusive environment? What is the role of the church? What tools and resources do I need as a church leader? How can I help not only the women but also the men? You can register online at http://GraceChapelOnline.org.
I am so thankful that this will be the fourth of five speaking opportunities the Lord has opened for Living Waters of Hope. Knowing that there are more and more men and women equipped to help those who are wounded from domestic abuse is very rewarding. I work with many abused woman who have been further wounded by their church leaders out of their lack of knowledge and understanding. This is so heartbreaking and adds further damage to these women after finding great courage to even come forward seeking help.
There is little help for the men within our churches and even outside of the church. Without understanding their abusive and manipulative patterns and root issues, it is nearly impossible for anyone to be truly effective in helping these men get out of the cycle of their abusive behavior. I firmly believe that as the men within our churches are trained to help other men who have abusive issues, there will be many more victories over this hidden darkness in our churches.
As one pastor put it, “Until a few years ago, I was uniformed of the level of abuse women in my own church were experiencing at the hands of their husbands. Many times, I have counseled with couples and never could put my finger on what was wrong until I began to learn about domestic abuse. The abusers are masters of deceit and those being abused are fearful to speak out.”
If you are interested in hosting a training seminar for the church leaders and faith community in your area, for women in leadership and/or even the women’s group in your own church, please feel free to contact me at diane@LivingWatersOfHope.com.
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