Paul writes – Barb Orlowski is doing a Doctor of Ministry degree in Canada, and her research deals with how people have recovered after a painful church experience.
This is an important area of research, research that will undoubtedly help nourish and fund a re::imagining of church as the kind of community amongst whom people will be healed, are freed, and amongst whom they will become more fully human and alive. I’m hoping Barb will make a copy of her thesis available in due course. I’ve certainly heard some very very sad stories over the years. PLEASE take the time to complete a questionnaire and send it to Barb. It’s important stuff.
So that she can complete her research she needs people like you and I to fill out questionnaires that communicate our experience.
There are two questionnaires, one includes questions relating to the painful church experience and recovery; the second includes questions for pastors who have sought to help people in recovery.
Also, if you are a blogger who is willing to post these questionnaires on your blog please leave a comment here so Barb can get in touch with you.
If you could, and I'd encourage you to do so, email Barb. Her address is email@example.com. She will e-mail you the questionnaires and will also forward to you a consent form.
You can read a little of Barb’s background by downloading the PDF below (updated since this post first went up)