Similar to the other Resources sections, Relevant Podcasts and Video Presentations provides a starting point to become empowered and equipped, learning and understanding dynamics of toxic, abusive environments. It is important to understand that systems are not all exactly alike, nor are all leaders exactly alike. Rather, there are points of commonality that will be recognized in each setting, among similar leaders, even though exact details, belief systems, and group goals may vary widely. Identifying behaviors, tactics, actions, common to toxic, abusive Christian organizations are an important component of allowing the Light of Truth to shine brightly inside of the walls of churches like The Brooklyn Tabernacle.
Since there is so much material provided in the Resources sections, start small. Listen to a podcast episode. Subscribe to one of the recommended podcasts. Watch a video presentation. Take breaks to process. Ask trusted friends to join alongside. Keep an open mind. Ask questions, even the uncomfortable questions. Whenever something elicits a defensive response, ask why it does. Reread the Abuse of Faith and Biblical Support sections, for additional guidance.
The Roys Report
The Roys Report is a Christian media outlet, reporting the unvarnished truth about what’s happening in the Christian community so the church can be reformed and restored.
The Untangled Faith Podcast is a place for those who have been hurt or disillusioned in their faith journey. It’s for the wounded resistors who want to hold on to their faith while untangling it from all that is not good and true.
The Preacher Boys podcast exists to engage thoughtfully on the subject of abuse…. We must look objectively at the issues at hand, using relevant data and dialoguing with survivors to better understand and deconstruct the religious sub-cultures that lend themselves to abuse….
Through interviews and contributed resources from trauma therapists, mental health experts, law enforcement, clergy, and other specialists, the Preacher Boys podcast should be a growing library of information for the pastor hoping to strengthen the security of their church, their capacity to minister to the hurting, and their ability to be what the church should have been – a place of refuge and safety.
Limited Podcast Series
Gangster Capitalism Season 3 Liberty University
The C13Originals Peabody nominated series is back for Season Three: Jerry Falwell Jr. and Liberty University. A sex scandal rocks one of the world’s largest Christian universities, and the man at the center of it. But that scandal is just the beginning. The award-winning Gangster Capitalism team spoke with more than 80 former and current Liberty students, faculty, staff, high-ranking administrators, and those with intimate knowledge of Falwell Jr. What emerges is the inside story of how the university, and the family who founded it, have been rocked by power, greed, hypocrisy, and of course money.
Rise and Fall of Mars Hill
Hosted by Mike Cosper, this podcast takes you inside the story of Mars Hill Church in Seattle – from its founding as part of one of the largest church planting movements in American history to its very public dissolution—and the aftermath that followed. You’ll hear from people who lived this story, experiencing the triumphs and losses of Mars Hill, knowing it as both an amazing, life-transforming work of God and as a dangerous, abusive environment. The issues that plague Mars Hill and its founder, Mark Driscoll — dangers like money, celebrity, youth, scandal, and power—aren’t unique, and only by looking closely at what happened in Seattle will we be able to see ourselves.
Individual Podcast Episode Interviews
An individual episode recommendation is not necessarily a recommendation for the entire podcast.
The Churchology Podcast
“The Hidden Tactics of Abuse and Impression Management” – Dr. Wade Mullen
Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women
Interview with Rachael Denhollander
Kingdom Roots – When Narcissism Comes to Church
Dr. Chuck DeGroat
Bodies Behind the Bus
The Roys Report Individual Episodes
For all episodes of The Roys Report Podcast, go to julieroys.com/podcast.
Acts 29 & Bullying in the Church – Interview with Stephen McAlpine, regarding fired CEO Steve Timmis
Dr. Diane Langberg on Narcissists in the Church
Harvest Insider Tells What Really Happened with James MacDonald – Interview with former Harvest Bible Chapel Elder, Dan George
Insider Reveals Toxic Culture at Hillsong – Interview with Janis Lagata
Love & Respect – and Abuse? – Interview with Sheila Wray Gregoire
Wolves in the Church – Interview with Coleman Luck
Inside the Driscoll “Cult” – Parts I & II
Ex-Wife Tells of Abuse & Betrayal Behind #SaveSaeed – Interview with Naghmeh Panahi – Parts I & II
Bullies in the Pulpit – Interview with Paul Coughlin