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.