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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.

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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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Ron S

February 26, 2013  4:14pm

Gary, I think you are missing the point here. There is a massive difference between running someone off and someone leaving because of their failure to apply the gospel. I think being a pastor may give me better insight here, but I can tell you that all pastors understand that when someone decides to leave our church we must let them go. We can't cling to these people as if they were ours alone. As leaders we are called to stand up for the one being pushed around and choose not to let the nay sayers and detractors bother us.

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