PTCD – A Message to those who have been wounded by the church.

30 Jun

This article is part of a series that I have written on PTCD called Post Traumatic Church Disorder.  If you want to read the series, please search on the site using the abbreviation – PTCD.

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baggage claim - hosanna

Baggage Claim – Hosanna Lutheran Church, Lakeville, MN

Having just been hurt by our own faith community (after serving on staff there for 12 years), we were more than just fearful to step into a new church.  We were petrified.

After years of therapy and support, I finally admitted that something was wrong.  I had Post-Traumatic Church Disorder.  This is something that I believe affects thousands of people – a number that only continues to grow in a western church culture driven by consumerism and a corporation mindset.  This is a group of people who are not simply not from the church (“Nones”).  This group is called the “Dones.”

For a time, my wife and I attended a Hosanna Church in Lakeville, MN.  I attended because my wife had found a connection with a group of women.  I attended because it was a megachurch where I could hide.

I still remember the first time that I walked through the door, and they spoke these words, “God led You here.”  In that moment, I could only hope that those words were true.  I am not sure what else was said that night.  I sat and hoped that God truly did see me.

During our time there, Pastor Ryan Alexander spoke to those who have been hurt by the church.  I believe his message could be part of your path towards healing.  The series was called “Baggage Claim.”

Here is the link.

 

David - Prof 2Dr. G. David Boyd is the Founder and Managing Director of EA Resources, a non-profit designed to equip churches and parents to minister to emerging adults.  If he can assist your community, you can contact him at gdavid@earesources.org.

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