The articles below help the reader understand and address the whole dynamic of spiritual abuse. Passages and special topics discussed below shed light on various aspects of spiritual abuse.

Understanding Unhealthy Church Dynamics and Spiritual Abuse

Uncovering and Facing Spiritual Abuse

What is spiritual abuse? Understanding it in general terms, and illustrating with real-life, personal examples.

Characteristics of Unhealthy and Abusive Church Environments

What makes a church unhealthy?


Discerning legitimate and damaging instances of favoritism

Why Churches Make Mistakes, and What Can Be Done About It

Examining mistakes and mistake-prevention in a church.

The Perils of Obedience

By Stanley Milgram. A classic article on the psychological dynamics of obedience to authority.

The Yeast of the Pharisees: Spiritual Abuse by Pastors and Counselors

By Edward J. Cumella, Ph. D. Reprinted from Christian Counseling Today.

Confronting the Unhealthy Church

Confronting Those in Authority

Practical guidelines for working things out with leaders

When Confronting Doesn't Bring About Change, and Why Churches Can't Change

Exploring the dynamics and options when confrontation doesn't go well

Scriptural Reasons for Leaving a Church

When it's time to go, and how to look at it.

Recovering from the Unhealthy Church

Leaving an Unhealthy Church and the Grief Process

How leaving a church is a loss, how various grief models can help us understand the process, and various mechanisms on recovering from the loss. How patterns learned in an unhealthy church environment can make recovery more difficult.

Letting Go of Offenses in the Unhealthy Church

The question of forgiveness in the context of the unhealthy or negative church experience.

Protecting Yourself from Spiritual Abuse

Scriptural guidance on the ever-present threat of spiritual abuse, and keeping yourself protected from it.

Finding a Counselor

A discussion of one of the most common issues that arises in correspondence with the Barnabas Ministry

Practicals on Spiritual Recovery

Practicals on getting better from spiritual wounds

The Sneetches, by Dr. Seuss

One of the most popular articles on the Barnabas Ministry

Audio Series

Understanding and Recovering from Spiritual Abuse

Audio presentation of material on the website.

Reading List

Books accompanying the audio series, "Understanding and Recovering from Spiritual Abuse."

Book Reviews

Changes That Heal: How to Understand Your Past To Ensure a Healthier Future

Dr. Henry Cloud

Happiness is a Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual

Dennis Prager

Healing Spiritual Abuse: How to Break Free from Bad Church Experiences

Ken Blue

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Robert B. Cialdini, Ph. D.

The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse

David Johnson and Jeff Vanvonderen. Discussion of the roots of spiritual abuse and dealing with the problem in a constructive manner.

Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism

Robert J. Lifton. Must-read about the topic of thought reform.

Man's Search for Meaning

Viktor E. Frankl

Escape From Freedom

Erich Fromm