Spiritual Abuse Forum

In addition to providing training and development in worship and music ministry, we also have a passion for helping the local church become healthy. We do this by offering interactive forums that address the problem of spiritual abuse in the church. We host an annual event called, Unmasking Spiritual Abuse In The Church.

 

The Purpose of the Forum is Threefold:

  1. To bring awareness to the problem of clergy abuse.
  2. To allow opportunity for healthy dialog in a non-threatening environment.
  3. To offer hope, healing and resources.
Disclaimer:
The forum is not a platform for bashing and undermining pastors and church leaders. The "goal" is to see healthy relationships exist between clergy and congregants, and thereby glorify Christ (Ephesians 4:3).

Unmasking Spiritual Abuse in the Church
A panel discussion addressing clergy abuse and its affect upon congregants

 

In 2008, my wife Joanne and I watched a film entitled, All In The Name Of God, which was aired on TV. As a result of the growing problem of pastors and church leaders abusing the flock of God, I have been inspired and encouraged to host a forum called, Unmasking Spiritual Abuse in the Church.

 

The "first" forum was held in 2008, and was well attended. The panelists took time to answer questions, offered hope, and provided biblical insight. Resources were available to those who attended. It was truly a time of healing!

All In The Name Of God

What happens when the messenger becomes more powerful than the message?

 

Synopsis of the film:

This cinematic masterpiece features Bishops, Pastors, Politicians, Mental Health Professionals, Bible Scholars, Lay People, as well as victims, who are willing to share their stories with the world in order to prevent another person from going down the same road. At times, this compelling piece will leave you stunned and perplexed as well as sad and discouraged and yes even hopeful that this exposé will do its good work and help in the healing process for those who have been victimized. What you will see is all true, the people are real and all of the incidents did take place. How sad.

 

Featured in this highly controversial documentary are such notables as: Bishop Wayne Powell, Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman, Dr. Lee Underwood (Psychologist), Bishop Roderick Caesar, Pastor John Thompson, Mark Jackson (Former NBA Player), Bishop Michael Rogers, Pastor Nathan Byrd, Anita Estell (Political Lobbyist), Bishop Liston Page Jr., Dr. Stacy Scott (Psychologist), Bobby Gibson (Christian Counselor), and Gary and Delion Sheffield (Major League Baseball Player and Gospel Singing Artist).

 

"All In The Name Of God" is straight talk by powerful men and women concerning Cleric abuse: what signs to look for, and how to correct the wrongs. This powerful teaching tool will equip men and women with the necessary means to find a good and stable church home.

 

Click HERE to order the film, All in the Name of God.

 

If you would like to make a financial contribution to support this special event, please visit the SUPPORT US page.

Events

Unmasking Spiritual Abuse In The Church:
How To Recover From The Inside Out

Michael has been invited by Zenzo Matoga, Director of United Night of Worship to speak on Spiritual Abuse. This event is now open to the general public!
Admission is free and parking available.

Saturday, March 3, 2012, 10am
Life Church (Igreja Vida)
4000 Mystic Valley Parkway (Park in Gold's Gym lot) Medford, MA
 
The Purpose Of The Forum:
1. To bring awareness to the problem of clergy abuse.
2. To allow opportunity for healthy dialog in a non-threatening environment.
3. To offer hope, healing and resources.

Disclaimer: This forum will not be a platform for bashing and undermining pastors and church leaders. The "goal" is to see healthy relationships exist between clergy and congregants, and thereby glorify Christ (Ephesians 4:3).

Please bring your bible, pen and notebook.
 
Click HERE for directions to the church.

UPDATES FROM UNMASKING SPIRITUAL ABUSE IN THE CHURCH 2011

Those who attended learned how to "identify" Spiritual Abuse and how to "overcome" it. The panelists were helpful by answering questions addressing abuse from a spiritual, psychological, and legal perspective.

The feedback from attendees was very encouraging and has prompted us to offer the forum to others. If you are interested in hosting the forum at your church or ministry center, please contact us at 617.876.9703.

Spiritual Abuse Articles

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by Lois E. Gibson
 
 
What Should I Do When I Disagree with My Pastor?
by Pastoral Ministries, Insight For Living
 
 
The Seven "Deadly" Sins Of Pastors
by Thomas F. Fischer, M.Div., M.S.A.
 
 

Recommended Reading

Broken Hearts Shattered Trust
Dr. John Setser

Healing Spiritual Abuse
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Toxic Faith
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