I’ve researched and read hundreds of articles, blogs, and news stories about the devastation caused by Giant Church Inc. My latest read on the topic not only brought clarity about how we can resist the toxic, celebrity culture Giant Church Inc cultivates, but A Church Called Tov by Scot McKnight and Laura Barringer gave me…

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It took three years to learn about and understand what happened to me and my family at the church we left in 2017. Dr. Diane Langberg and her work helped give me the language to tell our story of spiritual abuse. Through her lectures, articles, and podcast interviews, for the first time in my life,…

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As a little girl, I stood in line with the church people to shake hands with new members of our Baptist church. To join, they walked to the front, talked to the pastor, then the people in the pews voted them in. All the old church people lined up to welcome the new ones. I…

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More leaders, experts, and journalists are finding out about the toxic leadership and spiritual abuse happening within the Church, and they’re writing about it. This kind of behavior from the very ones who are called to shepherd God’s people “counters the gospel and fights the very character of Jesus himself,” writes Scot McKnight in an…

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This one is different. The story I mean. She didn’t say most of what she could, but what she did say is powerful. And true. The tongue has the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21) and Jesus said the truth shall set you free (John 8:32). Say Something by Glenn Mitchell I thought long…

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A painful truth about spiritual abuse is that it most often happens in community. While not all the people in the faith community are abusers, when the community chooses willful blindness or silence after it is exposed, another betrayal takes place. Healing from spiritual abuse also happens in community. This guest post is written by…

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I stood there in the door of the ER room after a nurse led me to it, and reintroduced myself before I walked in. On the way to the hospital, I imagined it to be as awkward as it turned out to be. This woman, in a new town far from all she knew, in…

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I made new friends within the first few weeks of our Giant Church Inc fitness small group. We met on Saturdays to train for an obstacle race we planned to run. We finished one of our first workouts and exchanged the photos taken to mark the occasion. A photo of two women helping another do…

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It took three years to write this series. Not three years of actual writing, but that long to understand what happened to me and my family at Giant Church Inc, process it, pray through it, then gather the gumption to write it down. Giant Church Inc changed us forever. This series tells part of that…

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My friend wanted to see my face when I explained why we left Giant Church Inc. Why our youngest daughter quit the internship when she’d worked so hard. Why I quit the leadership program so close to graduation and why I couldn’t finish teaching the small group we were in together. It didn’t make sense…

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