How to Help Hurting People: Lessons From a Decade of Pastoral Ministry

By Albert Hung

Not a week goes by without a friend sharing some kind of personal struggle with me. Some are struggling with terminal illnesses. Others are going through painful divorces. Some are battling demons from their past. Others are facing them in the present. Stories of betrayal, abuse, failed relationships, deep-seated anger, identity crisis – over my ten years in pastoral ministry, I’ve been entrusted with many secrets.

I’ve learned two things about pain:

  1. Everybody hurts.
  2. Christians are notoriously bad at helping hurting people.
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