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Restoring the Fallen: A Team Approach to Caring, Confronting & Reconciling

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When brothers and sisters in Christ fall into sin, how should the church respond? Very often, Christians stumble in their attempt to address this issue. Either they ignore the wrongdoing or they banish the wrongdoer. The authors of this groundbreaking book advocate another way: the spiritual care team.

A spiritual care team is a small group of mature Christians who voluntarily commit themselves to support and guide another through the process of repentance and restoration. This ...

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Overview

When brothers and sisters in Christ fall into sin, how should the church respond? Very often, Christians stumble in their attempt to address this issue. Either they ignore the wrongdoing or they banish the wrongdoer. The authors of this groundbreaking book advocate another way: the spiritual care team.

A spiritual care team is a small group of mature Christians who voluntarily commit themselves to support and guide another through the process of repentance and restoration. This community-based and community-oriented approach emphasizes the importance of acknowledging sin, making repentance complete and reestablishing personal spiritual discipline.

Restoring the Fallen offers practical guidance on how to form a spiritual care team, as well as how to support the spouse and family of the one working through the process of restoration, how professional helpers and the whole church body might contribute to restoration, and how to provide ongoing care after the main work of the spiritual care team is complete. It is an essential book for pastors, counselors and church leaders.

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What People Are Saying

Earl Radmacher
"This book is a twentieth-century practical application of what Jesus, who never leaves us, told Peter to do: 'When you have returned to me, strengthen your brethren' (Lk 22:31). I don't know of a more transparent, caring couple to do this than Earl and Sandy Wilson. I have known them for over twenty years, and I have seen them do this in action. They have been a blessing to me. I love them and rejoice in this recounting of God's marvelous grace."
Earl Radmacher, President Emeritus Western Seminary
Gary D. Chapman
"An intensely personal yet extremely practical book on authentic restoration of a fallen brother or sister. This book is desperately needed by the Christian community. It gives us a workable plan which we have long needed. I predict that many churches and Christian organizations will find this book invaluable in attempting to be truly redemptive in the face of crises."
Gary D. Chapman, Ph.D., marriage seminar leader and author of the bestseller, The Five Love Languages
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830816194
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Pages: 201
  • Sales rank: 1,020,112
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Wilson, Ph.D., is a psychologist and counselor in private practice. An experienced conference speaker on issues of addiction and restoration, he has also previously taught part-time at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia (Canada).

Wilson, M.A., is a counselor, conference speaker and instructor of counseling at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.

Friesen (M.A., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) was for nine years director of men's and family ministry at Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts. Currently he is president and founder of Home Improvement Ministries, an organization devoted to equipping and encouraging local churches, families, couples and individuals to experience hope and joy as they live according to God's relational design.

In addition, he is summer director of family ministry for InterVarsity's Campus by the Sea on Catalina Island in Southern California. Friesen speaks at seminars and conferences and also counsels couples and individuals on relational issues. With his wife, Virginia, and two other couples, he is an author of Restoring the Fallen.

Friesen co-directed family ministry at Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts (working alongside her husband, Paul). She was also involved there in leadership of "Mom to Mom" ministry. Currently she is vice president of Home Improvement Ministries, an organization devoted to equipping and encouraging local churches, families, couples and individuals to experience hope and joy as they live according to God's relational design.

On her own and in collaboration with Paul, she speaks at seminars and conferences and also counsels individuals and couples. With Paul and two other couples, she is an author of Restoring the Fallen.

Nancy Paulson, R.N., who passed away in January 2007, was an author, teacher and conference speaker. Larry Paulson, J.D., is a lawyer, church leader and brigadier general in the Oregon Air National Guard.

Nancy Paulson, R.N., is an author, teacher and conference speaker. Larry Paulson, J.D., is a lawyer, church leader and brigadier general in the Oregon Air National Guard.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. The Day the Roof Fell In
2. Digging Out from the Rubble
3. Searching for an Escape--& Finding Hope
4. The Formation of the Spiritual Care Team
5. What Is Restoration?
6. Going Against the Grain
7. Consent for Surgery
8. Truth and Consequences
9. What About the Spouse & Family?
10. The Role of Professional Helpers
11. The Church's Role in Restoration
12. Restoration & the Healing Process
13. Aftercare
14. Restored to Full Ministry?
Epilogue: Looking Back
Appendix A: Spiritual Care Teams in Other Churches
Appendix B: Principles Regarding Sexual Addiction
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