Can Abusers Change? with Chris Moles

In this episode of Straight to the Heart, our host Rush Witt, spends the hour with Chris Moles, a leading pastor and biblical counselor who helps churches and families confront the evil of domestic violence and promote healthy, God-honoring, relationships. They talk about domestic abuse ministry, how pastors and church members can grow in this ministry, and whether or not abusers can really change.


1:27 – Intro

3:28 – Chris shares his story of domestic abuse ministry

11:38 – How prevalent is domestic abuse?

19:40 – An abused person’s experience provides a key entry gate for ministry

22:17 – How does abuse ministry look different in various situations?

26:36 – What does “safety plan” mean in domestic abuse ministry?

29:19 – What can a pastor do to begin growing in usefulness for abuse ministry?

38:53 – Christ coaches Rush

43:42 – Can abusers really change, and how often do you see change happen?

56:00 – How might other people help and encourage your ministry PeaceWorks University?

58:30 – Farewell

About Chris Moles:

Chris Moles, MA, is senior pastor of the Chapel in Winfield, West Virginia and an ordained minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He is a certified biblical counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and the International Association of Biblical Counselors. Moles is a contributor to the West Virginia intervention curriculum used throughout the state prisons, correctional facilities, and community organizations. He is the author of The Heart of Domestic Abuse and a contributor to Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused, as well as the editor of Caring for Families Caught in Domestic Abuse.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Seasons of Sorrow 1
Mobilizing Church Based Counseling Frontcover 85085
Mobilizing Church Based Counseling Frontcover 85085
Mobilizing Church Based Counseling Frontcover 85085
Blog Posts written bY Chris Moles.
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Straight to the Heart

Welcome to “Straight to the Heart,” a podcast from New Growth Press hosted by Rush Witt. Each episode includes thought-provoking conversations with leading Christian writers and thinkers. We hear who they are, what they believe, how they approach their work and ministry, and the moments and people who have changed their lives. In “Straight to the Heart,” we go beyond the books to connect with the remarkable people behind them.

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