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How Does the Church Connect with People in Crisis?

I firmly believe that most adults come to faith through crisis. Whether it’s the death of a loved one, the pain of a life-dominating addiction, a marriage falling apart, or battling with feelings of anxiety and depression, it seems like God reaches people through difficulty.

As C.S. Lewis famously said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

Therefore, it seems that Jesus’ church should be at the front lines of helping people in crisis. As a church, our hope is to develop some kind of “net” that catches those who are being ripened for the gospel by the troubling circumstances God has allowed in their lives.

One church that has developed such a “net” is The Village Church outside of Dallas. They have a few weekly Recovery ministries to help people who are struggling with the effects of sin.

Here’s a brief paper that explains their philosophy of ministry.

What do you think? Is this a strategic way to engage the culture or is this capitulating to a world that has gone a little too far with the psychobabble? (be sure to read the paper before you answer).

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