Spiritual Abuse in the Church: A Guide to Recognition and Recovery

I have recently completed a 7-year process of earning a Doctor of Ministry degree at Western Seminary.  My dissertation was a survey of Spiritual Abuse in the Christian Church, with a view towards understanding what spiritual abuse it, how spiritually abusive leaders act and speak, what are the marks of a spiritually abusive church are, and how healthy churches and pastors can be a part of creating a church community that welcomes the survivors of spiritual abuse, and helps them find healing for the abuse.  I am so encouraged with the number of people who downloaded my dissertation–more of a testament to the importance of the issue than my writing abilities, but still a bit flattering!  I have taken the dissertation off of the internet, for now, as I am going to begin crafting it into a more readable/accessible form, and explore publishing it.

However, if you would like to reach out to me regarding the issue of spiritual abuse, please do contact me:  kengarrett1960@gmail.com


Pastor Ken


3 thoughts on “Spiritual Abuse in the Church: A Guide to Recognition and Recovery

  1. Julia Glas April 30, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    Pastor Ken and Sharon

    Congratulations on receiving your doctorate!

    Blessings in Christ!

    Julia Glas Ann Arbor MI

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Amie May 5, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    I was the victim of spiritual abuse as a young teacher in a Christian school. I stayed for six years because I couldn’t find a way out (among other things, they illegally required teachers to sign contracts for the next year by February 1–long before other schools published job openings–when I finally left I had to break a signed contract to do so). I identified with a lot of what you wrote about. This quote in your dissertation stood out to me because this is what my experience was:

    “Spiritual abuse survivors have been forced to close off their genuine selves and build a pseudoself
    in order to survive in the abusive environment”

    This was me for six years. When I left, I didn’t really know who I was anymore. And it took me eight years to return to active church membership.

  3. Late-Bloomer June 5, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    Could you let me know when you publish the dissertation as I would like to read it. This topic is of great interest to me. Thank you.

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