Ray Beeson and Chris Hayward, both veteran pastors and ministry leaders, have seen firsthand the rise of the “dones”—those who are just done with God thanks to emotional abuse from Spirit-less churches and messed-up leaders. In Wounded in the Church, these authors combine their years of experience to address head-on the elephant in the room: church members and church leaders hurt Christians. All the time. And the long-lasting effects—rejection, shame, despair, loneliness, fear—can be devastating.
With first-person accounts of hurt and loss, this book is a much-needed redemptive guide for anyone whose wounds, whether new or old, are still painful. Leaders and laypeople both will learn how to leave unhealthy attitudes, patterns, and places, to grieve over the abuse and pain, and to hope in God’s real deliverance and His continuing work through true churches that build up, not tear down.
RAY BEESON is the director of Overcomers Ministries, regularly teaches seminars on subjects such as prayer and Christlike living, and is the author of numerous books including Signed in His Blood (Charisma House, 2014) and The Hidden Price of Greatness (Overcomers, 2000). Ray and his wife, Linda, live in Ventura, CA.
CHRIS HAYWARD is president of Cleansing Stream Ministries, Before that, he was in pastoral ministry for eighteen years and served as founding pastor of Christian Fellowship Church in Mount Vernon, IL, for eleven of those years. Also author of God’s Cleansing Stream (Chosen Books, 2004) and The End of Rejection (Chosen Books, 2007), Chris and his wife, Karen, live in Castaic, CA.