In:Dependence
In:Dependence
Oct 28, 2021
Care, Power, and Abuse in the Local Church
Play • 30 min

What do we mean when we talk about spiritual abuse? It is a useful term or unhelpful? How do we respond to those who reject the terminology or who want to embrace it uncritically?

In this episode, FIEC Head of National Ministries Adrian Reynolds and FIEC National Director John Stevens discuss some of the principles of what we mean by 'abuse' and how they relate to churches in FIEC.

00:00 - Introduction
00:53 - Is abuse in scripture?
05:17 - The focus of ministry is not power but care
09:35 - What the New Testament says about leadership
12:55 - Arguments for the language of abuse
18:09 - Redeeming power (Diane Langberg)
21:54 - Should use of power be contextual?
27:50 - The importance of emotional intelligence

You can watch a video of this episode and access further resources on the FIEC website.

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