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“They said dress up, I wore sneakers. They said pray daily, I fell asleep trying. They said believe through faith, I loved doubting,” he writes. “Over and over I began to ask, ‘Do these people accept me for who I am?’”
As a young man asking this question, he was right in his assumption that he was different than others who attended church, and now his study has proven it.
Using the concepts of the Process Communication Model (PCM), developed by Taibi Kahler, PhD, the article shows that the institutional Church primarily reaches people who perceive the world through Opinions, Thoughts, and Feelings and unintentionally excludes people who perceive the world through Reactions, Inactions, and Actions. The data for this article was collected using the PCM spiritual model Servants By Design (SBD) created by Dr. Robert Maris in consultation with Taibi Kahler, PhD. By giving individual and cultural examples the authors show the implications of this bias and propose solutions based on Adam’s work. With help of tools developed by Nate Regier, PhD, and the team at Next Element Consulting, LLC. Adam was able to measure changes in self efficacy among churchgoing people who received training in the six perceptual frameworks described in PCM. The changes reflected in the research are paired with stories of how individuals have responded with proper training.