Temple Talks

Addressing Church Hurt in 2017 - Rev. Dr. Agnes Lover & Rev. Nicole Slater

The founders of One Temple Fitness, Rev. Dr. Agnes Lover, and Rev. Nicole Slater take on this month's Temple Talk entitled, "Addressing Church Hurt in 2017." Rev. Dr. Agnes Lover and Rev. Nicole Slater joined One Temple Fitness to discuss the impact of church hurt on the body of Christ and ways to bring healing to those affected.

What is church hurt? In this month's Temple Talk, Rev. Dr. Agnes Lover defines church hurt as "hurt that comes from a source you trust." In 2015,  Daniel Burke wrote an article for CNN, which stated that "almost every major branch of Christianity in the United States has lost a significant number of members... more than one-third of millennials now say they are unaffiliated with any faith, up 10 percentage points since 2007." So, you might ask yourself what is causing the decrease in membership? Well, according to Christian Today,  it reports that new research by the Barna group states that "six in 10 young people will leave the church permanently or for an extended period starting at age 15."

Additional information: The Barna data indicate that 28% of the adult population has not attended any church activities, including services, in the past six months. That translates to nearly 65 million adults. When their children under the age of 18 who live with them are added to the picture, the number swells to more than 100 million people.

One of the biggest surprises to some people, however, is that a large majority of the nation’s unchurched population is drawn from the sector comprised of people who consider themselves to be Christian. In the United States, 83% of all adults label themselves “Christian.” The percentage is lower among the unchurched, but such self-identified Christians still outnumber those who do not embrace Christianity by a three-to-two margin (61% vs. 39%).

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The Rev. Dr. Agnes Lover, D.Min. enthusiastically serves as Senior Pastor at Historic Ward Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Prattville, Alabama, and is committed to passionate worship, community-focused ministry and the anointed preaching of God's Holy Word. Committed to life-long learning, Dr. Lover received the Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary.  Her dissertation,  “From Preying to Praying:  Exposing the Effects of Spiritual Abuse in the Church,”  establishes a psycho-ecclesial model to equip church leadership with the necessary knowledge concerning spiritual abuse and utilizes a biblical behavioral model to illustrate how church leadership should implement spiritual authority. Beyond the local pulpit, Pastor Agnes also compassionately serves in several capacities across the Ninth Episcopal District in the AME Church.  Prior to serving in ministry fulltime, she pursued a corporate career that extensively evolved around 24 years of telecommunication experience combined in systems engineering, project management, sales and marketing. 

The Rev. Dr. Agnes Lover, D.Min. enthusiastically serves as Senior Pastor at Historic Ward Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Prattville, Alabama, and is committed to passionate worship, community-focused ministry and the anointed preaching of God's Holy Word. Committed to life-long learning, Dr. Lover received the Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary.  Her dissertation, “From Preying to Praying:  Exposing the Effects of Spiritual Abuse in the Church,” establishes a psycho-ecclesial model to equip church leadership with the necessary knowledge concerning spiritual abuse and utilizes a biblical behavioral model to illustrate how church leadership should implement spiritual authority. Beyond the local pulpit, Pastor Agnes also compassionately serves in several capacities across the Ninth Episcopal District in the AME Church.  Prior to serving in ministry fulltime, she pursued a corporate career that extensively evolved around 24 years of telecommunication experience combined in systems engineering, project management, sales and marketing. 

Rev. LaChaune Nicole Slater, M.Div. is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She currently serves as pastor of Grant Chapel AME Church, located in Selma, Alabama where she has elevated the congregation spiritually and renovated the church structurally. She is also a Licensed Funeral Director in which her pastoral skills bring to bear. Rev. Nicole is a volunteer with several civic organizations, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Rev. Nicole is the embodiment of one who walks by faith and not by sight and who leads by example and precepts. Her deeds and tireless efforts clearly personify her deep and compelling commitment, courage and compassion.

Rev. LaChaune Nicole Slater, M.Div. is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She currently serves as pastor of Grant Chapel AME Church, located in Selma, Alabama where she has elevated the congregation spiritually and renovated the church structurally. She is also a Licensed Funeral Director in which her pastoral skills bring to bear. Rev. Nicole is a volunteer with several civic organizations, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Rev. Nicole is the embodiment of one who walks by faith and not by sight and who leads by example and precepts. Her deeds and tireless efforts clearly personify her deep and compelling commitment, courage and compassion.