Michael and Kate realized the abuse of power by bullying, control, using the scriptures to condemn, shunning, and slander had been going on for a long time.
Part 2: It has been two years since the Williams left Peace Community Church. Blame-shifting and isolating, Kate's pastor has deeply hurt many in leadership.
Mia suffered under a leadership that was more concerned about following their church rules than the love of Christ. Their spiritual abuse was worse than her experiences of sexual abuses.
Emily's church leadership not only turned a blind eye to her rapist, but told her she was shut out from the kingdom of heaven. Rather than be reminded of her "worth in Christ," she has been crushed by God's shepherds.
Mia's change in behavior at home and struggle with the church had its roots in her experience of sexual abuse. It was not too late for Mia, but the church and her parents were going to need to respond to her struggles in light of these horrible experiences as a child.
When do you give up on a toxic leader? More often than not, leadership abuse survivors struggle with "Accountability Guilt."
When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
Relationship with, the power, or charm of the leader creates followers and like-minded fools. They became complicit with the abuse though maybe having the best intentions.
Why do survivors of domestic violence go back to their abusers? The same reasons pop up within the toxic workplace for why employees stay with an abusive organization.
Abuse. Devastates. People. Not just the abuse that involves hitting. But abuse of all forms - emotional and spiritual.