Here at Mars Hill refuge our heart is really to help all of those who have been hurt by spiritual abuse. Our focus has been on the abuse occurring at Mars Hill due to our personal experiences, but that doesn’t mean we turn a blind eye to those who have experienced abuse at the hands of other churches.
Mars Hill Refuge is meant to be a starting ground. A place where you can come to read the stories of people who have suffered like you and where we can share our experiences as we all move forward in our healing. Our hope is that this is a place you can come and feel safe while beginning or continuing your healing journeys. Neither Sophia or myself are mental health professionals so we are excited to announce that a Seattle therapist has offered us support with this blog. For those looking to work through their healing with a therapist in the Seattle area we would love to refer you to her! She is a Christian with a background in ministry, and would love to provide a safe place for those needing to process the harm they have experienced within the church. I have been in therapy myself for the past year and it has been wonderfully beneficial for me. I would really recommend it to anyone going through this painful and often confusing process.
She has also brought up an exciting idea of starting a resource group in the Seattle area for those who have suffered from Spiritual abuse, whether it be at the hands of Mars Hill or another church. Before we go too far in planning this we wanted to see who would be interested in this opportunity. If you would be interested please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know if an Eastside or Seattle location would be better for you so we can get a better idea of how to proceed from here!