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Rufino Chungalao

October 28, 2014  12:41am

Pastor Cheshire. It's all so good that we keep those who are repenting and responding to counseling and we back them up. You haven't mentioned those who keep falling to their besetting sins like the guy in your accountability group. I wonder if in your ministry and church you've never had one like him. And if you had, have you just kept backing him up (or been accountable for him) no matter what? If not, at what point do you have to let him go for the good of the greater body or community of believers? Where is the place of discipline, repentance and restoration? I would really like to know from your "succesful" experience since I've just been a few years in the full time pastorate ( I've been in bivocational pastorate before and I gather you are a firefighter and a pastor) and currently working with a church dorm full of young guys struggling in their sanctification.

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Louise

March 04, 2013  5:46am

'At some point, I just think that the church has got to be a church for the leaders, too. They need protection and healing as much as anyone else in the congregation. At times, they need even more.' Absolutely. 'We all go home today.' Even the pastor.

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David Hood

March 01, 2013  11:32am

This is exactly the point that is made by a new movie I saw called Home Run(it's not in theaters until April). It's not the typical "faith" film as it is pretty honest about how difficult it is to 'get right' when sin takes hold (in this case the main character is an alcoholic who goes through a 12 step program). I think this movie will get alot of Christians thinking differently.

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Roy Yanke

February 27, 2013  9:10am

This is a powerful paradigm shift that most churches and beleievers are not comfortable with. I heartily agree with the approach. It would be another way for the church to " heal" its wounded, instead of shooting them. Our ministry of restoration is built around this model of grace. www.pirministries.org

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James

February 26, 2013  4:27pm

100% agree! I think if I would have been a part of a team like this I may very well still be in ministry today. I didn't even have a public failure and yet I still grew tired of the back biting and venom that came against me as a church leader. As a church leader I was forced into this fake life that everyone could look at as a model of perfection. No matter how unrealistic it was. People needed me to be the super Christian. One day I realized that I wasn't and I quit. I have fallen back in love with God and his grace since then and articles like this make me think there may just be a place for me in ministry again some day.

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