Church Hurt Wrap-Up

Over the last 8 weeks we have heard from therapists and pastors about their own experiences with church hurt and helping others through those wounds. In this episode, Ann recaps what we learned and offers some reflections about the process of talking publicly about...

What is Deconstruction?

You may have heard this buzzword among church circles in the past few years. But what does deconstruction mean? Can people still hold onto faith while going through the hard questions?Ann is joined by Brenna Rubio, a pastor in Southern California who works with people...

Church Hurt and Depression

How can we continue to love the church even when we have been hurt?Heather Sanford was in pastoral ministry when the Covid-19 pandemic hit and she had to help her church shift how church was done. She was let go from her position and continues to desire unity and love...

A Pastor’s Experience of Church Hurt

So far in the Church Hurt series, we’ve been hearing stories of people who have been hurt by the church–primarily by pastors and leaders. But what about the pastors who get hurt (as most do)? Scott Distler experienced “the Cave,” where ministry...

Ep. 24: The Pain of Leaving Your Church

As a counselor and church leader, Sovann Pen has encountered many people struggling with church hurt. Then, his own family had to go through the pain of leaving a church when they sensed that God had something else for them. In this episode, Ann and Sovann chat about...

Ep. 23: What to do with Church Hurt

How can we move forward when we’ve been hurt by the church?Can we ever feel safe to connect with church again?What do I do in the meantime while I’m hurting?In this short episode, Ann shares six strategies to help you move through your own hurt without...

Ep. 22: Counseling through Church Hurt

Is church hurt more prevalent now post- (or mid-) pandemic?How does counseling help people walk through church hurt?Ann talks with Dawn, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and host of the Living by Heart channel on YouTube. Both women are therapists, moms, and...

Ep. 21: Why Church Hurts So Much

Why does it hurt so badly when a pastor or church leader disappoints you?Do all Christians go through church hurt at some point?How can we continue to live in Christian community if it hurts?In this short episode, Ann shares her story of church hurt and why she is...

Ep. 20: The God Who Sees My Mental Health

Dena Dyer is a writer and speaker who struggled with her mental health from young adulthood. When she was writing about women in the Bible who wrestled with big wounds, she discovered that El Roi, the God who sees, also saw her in her mental health journey. In this...