I want to begin this post by saying a huge thank you to the folks at Redemption Hill Church of Iron Mountain, Michigan. I had the wonderful privilege to speak at a conference they hosted a couple weeks ago designed specifically to raise awareness in the church regarding domestic violence. It is such a thrill to see churches and leaders humbly ask for help in learning more about how they can speak into the lives of victims, survivors, and perpetrators. The pastoral team at Redemption Hill are very supportive and affirmed the need for more and better quality church-based training. Unfortunately, other than the host church, there were few pastors in attendance. This is a common problem that must be remedied. We, as pastors, are often the first contact for victims and yet are consistently ranked among the least helpful. We need more resources and equipping for pastors.
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