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Shyness, Introversion and Ministry

by Wendy Lin

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Doing ministry amid shyness and introversion comes at a cost. We manage our personalities both in public and private so that we continue to serve God to the best of our abilities, and God-willing, will continue to do so for years to come in ways that honour him, and are helpful for others.

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Walking Through It: A Family Violence Survivor’s Reflection

by Anon

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I recently wrote a letter to ministers, entitled ‘Things I wish you understood: An open letter to ministers from a family violence survivor’. One private response encouraged me to reflect and share on the experience of coming forward in the church. Perhaps these observations on my own experience might be helpful.

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Things I Wish You Understood: An Open Letter to Ministers From a Family Violence Survivor

by Anon

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I am a family violence survivor. My experiences are somewhat different than those of others, which makes me hesitant to speak, lest someone tell me ‘that’s not really abuse.’ Yet, when I sit in church, during sermons on marriage, gender roles and divorce and I struggle. As I struggle, I think to myself ‘there are some things this minister could do to help me right now. I wonder if they know that?’

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