Making Your Church a House of Healing

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  • Copyright: 2008-10-15
  • Publisher: Judson Pr
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"In this practical primer for churches, Gemignani explains why each local congregation, as the Body of Christ on earth, should have spiritual healing as the focus of its ministry. He then demonstrates bow churches can become houses of healing, and offers these valuable tools: questions for small-group discussion and congregational action; examples of prayers and rituals that might be used for healing; and additional resources to assist churches in their healing ministries."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

Michael Gemignani, MS, PhD, JD, is associate rector at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Lamarque, Texas, and is also a long-time spiritual director with a special interest in, and experience with, healing ministry. He has been an ordained Episcopal priest for more than 30 years. Gemignani authored two Judson Press books, To Know God: Small Group Exercises for Spiritual Formation (2001) and Spiritual Formation for Pastors: Feeding the Fire Within (2002).

Table of Contents

What Is Spiritual Healing?p. 1
The Mystery of Sufferingp. 5
Some Accounts of Healing in Scripturep. 13
God's Role in Our Healingp. 22
Some of God's Gifts to the Churchp. 27
The Individual's Role in Healingp. 35
Sin and the Need for Repentancep. 45
The Role of the Community in Healingp. 52
More on the Church as the Body of Christp. 60
A Church's Role in Dis-easep. 73
The Congregation's Role in Healing Itself and Othersp. 86
Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Companioningp. 96
Steps toward Healingp. 105
Addressing Other Obstacles to Healingp. 112
Healing Prayer Teamsp. 119
Conclusionp. 133
Appendix Ap. 135
Appendix Bp. 143
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