Hope & Healing After Church Hurt & Disappointment

I am so fired up to have Natalie Runion on the podcast today, and this couldn’t have actually perhaps taken place at a much better time! In the last episode, Jesse and I shared our ideas about the docu-series Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets, and a great deal of you connected to me to state that you have actually struggled to understand how to feel about church since of tough experiences you have actually had. Natalie is here to discuss what to do and how to process through church hurt and frustration, something she has actually experienced deeply herself.

Natalie has a brand-new book coming out entitled Raised to Stay: Persevering in Ministry When You Have a Million Reasons to Walk Away. In this podcast, she shares her story of how she was injured by the church when she was more youthful and how she processed through that hurt and frustration and wound up stating yes to something she never ever anticipated she would: be associated with church ministry!

This episode is loaded with knowledge and motivation (Jesse listened to it and stated it’s one you require to listen to more than when!). Whether you have actually experienced church hurt and are still strolling through it and processing it, whether you’ve been dissatisfied by church and are preventing it entirely, or whether you are simply curious about Natalie’s story, I think you’ll be really blessed by listening.

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In This Episode

[00:35] – This episode might not have actually been prepared more perfectly — and I didn’t prepare it!

[02:08] – Natalie shares a little background on herself and her own story with church hurt.

[05:57] – How did Natalie keep God?

[07:25] – Natalie discusses her preliminary actions to this difficult circumstance.

[09:22] – I ask Natalie how she found out to rely on once again after being so injured.

[10:50] – When did Natalie go back to church?

[14:38] – What do we do if we have been injured by church?

[16:58] – How do we prevent being the reason for church injure?

[19:25] – Is there a distinction in between hurt and offense?

[23:54] – Natalie uses motivation, informing us that we are not alone.

[26:10] – Abusers do not represent the heart of God.


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