Bully Pulpit: Confronting The Problem Of Spiritual Abuse In The Church

by Michael J. Kruger. Zondervan, November 8, 2022.


Through the lens of a biblical scholar and seminary president, this book defines spiritual abuse, teaches how to diagnose it, and offers ways to handle it.


what is spiritual abuse; retaliatory tactics of abusive leaders; effects of spiritual abuse; creating a culture resistant to spiritual abuse.

Recommended Audience

clergy and lay leaders


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Help identify and stop spiritually abusive leaders
  • Develop a deeper awareness and understanding of spiritual abuse

About the Contributor

Karen Goley

Karen Goley uses her resource knowledge and relational style to work closely with congregations as a resource consultant and behind the scenes with our robust database of resources and doing project work.  Prior to joining the Center, Karen spent over fifteen years in the human resources field, serving nonprofit and financial services organizations in the Indianapolis area and the suburbs of Chicago.

With faith as her foundation, Karen enjoys spending quality time with her family and is a very proud Purdue University alum.  Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision, Karen put her pride on full display by naming the family pup Mackey- after Purdue basketball’s Mackey Arena.  Boiler Up!

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