The Church as Forgiving Community: An Initial Model

Volume 36
Summer 2008
The Church as Forgiving Community: An Initial Model

Recent empirical studies have shown that forgiveness interventions decrease anxiety, depression, and anger, and increase self esteem, hope, and positive affect. We propose a three-tiered holistic psycho-educational approach called "The Forgiving Communities," that targets three interdependent categories: the family, the school, and the Church. The goal of The Forgiving Communities is to deepen individuals' (and society's) understanding and personal practice of, and growth in forgiveness. We posit here an initial model of the Church as Forgiving Community, consisting of multiple levels of forgiveness education intended to cultivate a culture of forgiveness and the expectation that forgiveness is part of the congregation's existence. The model targets the leadership of the congregation and every level of programming, from infancy through late adulthood.

C.M. Magnuson and Dr. R.D. Enright
114 - 123
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