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Jennie Allen: Why Church Leaders Need To Pay Attention to Their Emotions

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Jennie Allen is a Bible teacher, author, and the founder and visionary of IF:Gathering, a discipleship ministry focused on putting tools and resources in the hands of women in the church. She is the host of the “Made for This” podcast and the author of several books, including, “Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts.” Her newest book, “Untangle Your Emotions: Naming What You Feel and Knowing What to Do About It,” releases in February 2024.

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Key Questions for Jennie Allen

-What does it look like to take toxic thoughts captive as Scripture tells us to?

-At what point do people need to seek out therapy?

-What would you say to pastors about dealing with their emotions and toxic thoughts?

-What does a consistent, emotionally healthy response look like across different personality types?

Key Quotes From Jennie Allen

“There’s a lot…in the Scriptures about our thoughts, but I had missed a lot of that.”

“When I really understood the spiritual authority that I had over my thought life, it was life-changing for me.”

“There is a purpose for our emotions and we aren’t supposed to just quit feeling them. And I think that was mind-blowing for me.”

“You can truly interrupt your thoughts. First, you have to notice the thought. You have to notice what it is you’re thinking, and you can interrupt it.”

“That part of me that was scared when I was young is the same part of me that panics when my daughter is going to move away. Why? Because I don’t want to be alone. I don’t want to die alone.”

“God has given us power and authority over our minds. So that is true. And yet our emotions are actually gifts to point us to things that need attention.”