Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
This work addresses the need for the church, fully supported by the pastor and leaders, to minister to women who attend church and are suffering in abusive marriages. The Mentoring With Dignity recovery program provides a simple, easily accessible solution that can be readily implemented by churches and is built of commonly known, widely acceptable and respected components: Twelve Step and Stephen Ministers. The church must work for compassion and justice in any area that takes away freedom, stifles life, or invalidates persons. Violence against another in whatever form it takes is an offense against the integrity of life so freely given by our Creator. The church and her leaders must advocate for the powerless in society. It is time to take a stand, to love enough, and to see and call abuse the evil that it is.
Williams, Martha F., "Mentoring with Dignity: A Plan for Pastors and Churches to Support Women in Recovery from Domestic Violence" (2005). Doctor of Ministry. 197.