In light of the tragic nightclub shooting in Orlando, Evangelical megachurch pastor Joel Hunter is rethinking his beliefs. In a meeting of diverse Orlando leaders Hunter said: “There is no place for hatred and violence in any healthy religion or in any healthy society.” He admits that Evangelicals play a large role in the perception of LGTBQ people as “the other.”
Why This Story Matters For Church Leaders: Sometimes it takes a traumatic event to get us to reexamine our beliefs, our faith journey is forever changing us and no leader is immune to a paradigm shift.
- Share Your Story– Does your congregation often hear your vulnerable side? Have you shared about a season in your story where your faith was tried and grew?
- Create space for sharing– Is your church a place where people feel free to share their beliefs, screw up and messy stories?
- Allow trauma to show you where you need to go– Some of the best ministries grow out of personal experience, what is your congregation burdened with because of personal pain, how can you serve from that place?
What are 3 things your church can do to move in a direction of vulnerability and openness about pain and mistakes?
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