Church on the Couch: Does the Church Need Therapy?

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Though most church leaders crave authenticity in their congregations, most also know it is an elusive goal. People by nature are self-protective. And although the gospel message that we are all sinners saved by grace ought to make people more real, the truth is many of our churches are plagued by fakeness. This inauthenticity hinders spiritual and emotional health and maturity. So what’s a church leader to do? The key, says Elaine Hamilton, is to go beyond talking about doing things differently. We have to act and live differently. It begins with leaders; the people will follow. We need to tell the truth about who we really are, and then provide forums for others to do the same. Church on the Couch helps you take practical steps toward changing the culture of your church. As the masks come off, the healing and growth will begin.

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Elaine Hamilton (MA, Bethel Seminary) is a licensed marriage and family therapist at Family Consultation Service in San Diego, California. She is a speaker at women’s and marriage retreats and has previously worked in youth ministry. She is the author of Come With Me: An invitation to Break Down the Wall between You and God (coauthored with Kathy Escobar) and Leave the Mud and Learn to Soar: A Workbook for Women Who Want to Get Unstuck in Their Relationship with God and Others.

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Getting real is a genuine option. The Church is the first place it should happen. Elaine Martens Hamilton will take you there! -- John Ortberg

Elaine Hamilton has done us a great service, providing practical insights and so we can do authentic, serious discipleship in our churches. I highly recommend Church on the Couch’ to you! -- Pete Scazzero

A local church can only be as healthy as its leaders. And its leaders can only be healthy when they get real. That’s why I’m thrilled to recommend Church on the Couch to you. With an unbridled commitment to authenticity, Elaine provides practical and biblical guidance for church leaders dedicated to healing, growing, connecting, and maturing. Consider this book an essential toolbox for bringing you and the people in your care closer to each other and to God. -- Les Parrot, PhD

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