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Faith Over Fear

with Jennifer Slattery, Jodie Bailey and Shellie Arnold

The Courage to Heal from Church Hurt – Ep. 75

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What happens when the places God designed to lead us closer to Him, to healing and wholeness, and freedom, become hurtful and toxic? When past hurts create present anxiety that make it challenging for us to enter church buildings, join community groups, and connect with Christ? Unfortunately, many people wrestle with these questions as they try to make sense of God. For those who have been wounded by people in positions of authority, it can be hard to untangle truth from human criticism and God’s character from the false representation of Him.

In this episode, Minister Dawn Gentry, the Executive Director of Adult Ministries at Christ Community Church in Omaha, Nebraska, and Jennifer’s daughter, Ashley Chester, discuss some of the church hurts they’ve experienced and witnessed and how God helped them move toward increased wholeness and gave them the courage to overcome lies spoken into their hearts in order live for Him.

Find Dawn Gentry at:
https://followinggodanyway.com
https://www.facebook.com/dawn.gentry2
https://www.instagram.com/gentry2987/

Find Jennifer:
https://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com
https://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte
https://www.instagram.com/slatteryjennifer/

Find Wholly Loved, at:
https://www.WhollyLoved.com

Join the private Faith Over Fear Group Here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/442736966614671

Book Dawn mentioned: The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk

Group Discussion Questions:

1. What resonated with you most in today’s episode?
2. Why do hurts related to faith hurt so deeply?
3. When have you been told, in the context of religion, that you’re not enough or that you’re “too much”? How did this make you feel?
4. How would you describe a toxic faith group?
5. How would you describe a healthy faith group?
6. When has a past hurt hindered your ability to attend church, join a group, or connect with God?
7. What are some healthy ways group members can respond to another member’s doubts or questions?
8. What are some unhealthy responses to someone’s doubts or questions?
9. What are some ways a person can begin to separate hurts they’ve experienced from the love of God?
10. Why is it important to always remember who we are in Christ?
11. What is one action step God is inviting you to take based on today’s episode?

Episode Image Credit: Getty/Image_Jungle
October 12, 2021
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Jennifer Slattery is an author, speaker, and ministry leader passionate about helping God's children reach their full potential and live fully surrendered to Christ. Find her online at https://www.JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com.
Jodie Bailey is a Carolina girl who believes in the transformational power of the story when God is allowed to hold the pen. As an Army wife, she developed a love for serving and speaking to other Army spouses as a Protestant Women of the Chapel study leader, a Family Readiness Group leader, and an Army Family Team Building instructor. She began her writing career by creating content for PWOC’s international e100 women’s study and contributing to military family devotions and blogs. She is also a multi-published inspirational fiction author. Jodie lives in North Carolina with her husband, her daughter, and two dogs. You can stop by and say hi at http://www.jodiebailey.com.
As a writer and speaker, Shellie Arnold has published articles, written weekly devotional curriculum, taught at writers’ conferences, spoken at homeschooling events, and conducted classes, seminars, and retreats for various church groups. A home school mom of over twenty years, she knows the unique challenges stay-at-home moms face. As a sexual abuse survivor, she understands the long-term effects trauma can have, even for believers. She has three published novels: The Spindle Chair, Sticks and Stones, and Abide With Me, all of which depict the “perfect storms” in marriage - what happens when our weaknesses hit head-on, and we’re both left wondering if anything can be salvaged. Visit her at http://www.shelliearnold.com.
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