MARCH 26, 2023
As we explore the areas that threaten to jeopardize our relationship with God (or make it stronger!) we’re moving into the difficult topic of church hurt. While often being hurt by the church runs so deep that it can drastically impact our relationship with God and the wider Christian community, Diana Barnowich sits down with us to share her story, how she was hurt by individuals in the church and how she found healing to return.
Go around the circle and have everyone share a high from the week, a low, and something that they are looking forward to this coming week.
What do you think are the most common ways that people are hurt by the church? What does the church need to do to change this?
Why do you think one person’s (or a group of people’s) actions in the church can drive people away from God?
How as a church community do we support/encourage/welcome those who have been hurt by the church?
What steps do you think would be beneficial for someone who has been hurt by the church to take in order to heal?
Do you have any experience with church hurt? Don’t feel like you need to share details, but if you’re open to it, share how it impacted your relationship with God and the church.