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Shame and Church Discipline


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The word “discipline” is not popular. It often evokes feelings of shame and guilt. That is also the case with church discipline, especially in cultural contexts where shame is something to be avoided at all costs. 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 says, If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him, in order that he may feel ashamed. Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother. Hebrews 12 reminds us that God disciplines those he loves. So how do we approach the issue of church discipline in such a way that both shame and discipline are redeemed and used for good? This workshop will explore practical ways to approach church discipline and better equip those who are called to exercise discipline to do so with wisdom and compassion.