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Family and Community Ministries: Resources for Christian Leaders is published by the Center for Family and Community Ministries, sponsored by the Baylor University School of Social Work and George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

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Faith in Action

Patricia Broderick's "Domestic Violence and Faith" told of her experiences as a pastoral counselor at a Mexican Catholic church. She told the stories of two women in her church and how their faith played a role in their life-changing decisions.

Questions for reflection:

  • Research shows that women caught in domestic violence situation do not decide to leave it immediately. On average, they will leave seven times before leaving finally. In your ministry context and knowing your community, write a list of reasons you think this could be true. Realizing this, how would this knowledge affect your work with women in domestic violence?
  • Spirituality is a recognized support for a woman experiencing domestic violence in her intimate relationship. How can you help a woman who has an underdeveloped relationship with God develop and strengthen her spirituality as a resource for her situation?

In "Serving the Dying," Stephen Faller reflects on his experiences as a hospital chaplain, and discusses two very different patients in the same cancer unit.

Questions for reflection:

  • How are today's theologians and spiritual leaders teaching people how to deal with suffering? Who has been an influential teacher for you in your own ministry in this area?
  • How could your church or ministry help individuals become more accepting of death and suffering as a part of life?

If you have a fresh perspective about pastoral ministry, or a new program that you are excited to share with others, please consider submitting a contribution to the Michael Kelly after reviewing our submission guidelines.



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