Canadian Evangelical Church Women and Responses to Family Violence
But when I became a Christian, I was thankful to the Lord because I had a pastor who . . . knew what I'd been through, and he didn't judge me. And he was the type of pastor who was working with women who had been through . . . abusive marriages.
How can I go to my friends in the church when . . . I tell them I'm a Christian and admit that stuff like this is going on? . . . a lot of Christians have this ideal thing . . . what they're supposed to live like and what they're supposed to be like and what they're supposed to dress like . . . you know you're put into that cocoon.
I think that the best way . . . is to help her understand somehow that she doesn't have to be there. She doesn't have to stay. It takes a long time. . . . But if somehow, just love her enough, 'cause she's not getting any love. . . . And it's just to love her right out of that house . . . the bottom line is to get them out!
A girl that went to our church. We helped her to move . . . I got my daughter's boyfriend. . . . I got his army buddies to come up so that they could handle the [abusive] boyfriend if he came back while we helped her move everything out in a truck . . . this girl was only 100 pounds soaking wringing wet.
From the rugged shores of Newfoundland to the timbered coastline of British Columbia, groups of Canadian men and women meet together in some form of Christian worship that is evangelical in perspective. The worship style is often characterized by enthusiastic singing and traditional expository preaching in churches that demand a high level of commitment from their members. Closely associated with the emphasis on conversion and a personal relationship with God is their celebration of family life and family values.
Mothers are heralded as the emotional guardians of the home, though both men and women are supposed to nurture their children in both practical and spiritual