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The youth pastor decides he’s finally going to “get real” about sexual temptation with his youth group. He plans a dynamic presentation for his kids about the dangers of porn and pre-marital sex. He steps before the crowd of eager listeners, equipped with raw stories, humor, Scripture, and and invitation to talk to him afterward if anyone wants to talk about these important issues.
What he isn’t prepared for is the moment when three quarters of the youth group come forward asking for help. With such an overwhelming response, what can he do now?
Christian counselor, Heather Lundy, talks with me about this problem in the church.Culture of Confession: Only Half the Picture
There’s a lot of talk today in the church about creating a confessional culture, providing an atmosphere where no sin is too taboo, no problem too great, no transgression too deplorable that is can’t be confessed before others. We want our churches to be hospitals for the sexually broken, but that first means we must “disinfect” our churches of needless shame so people feel free to be transparent and “real.”
As critical as this step is—and it is absolutely critical—after you build a disinfected hospital, you need to staff it with competent doctors. A culture of confession is only the first half of what churches need. Once people start openly discussing the real junk of their lives, who’s there to make sense of the junk?Safe Place. Safe Process.
James Reeves, senior pastor of Celebration Fellowship in Fort Worth, states, “The church has to be a safe place for people to tell their secrets and has to have a safe process for people to experience emotional and spiritual healing.” This means having a strategy of discipleship, counseling, mentoring, and accountability.
Read more about this safe process: “Fight Porn in Your Church: What Works and Why it Matters.”
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