Episode 32: Emotional Resilience and Spiritual Leadership – Interview with Ron Ovitt

Ron Ovitt is the President and founder of Empower Ministry, which helps people grow into healthy Christians empowered for ministry in their lives.  For Ron, becoming a healthy follower of Jesus involves developing what he calls emotional resilience—the ability to bounce back from painful experiences in our lives.  In this episode, Ron explains what emotional resiliance involves and why it is so important for spiritual leadership.







  • Empower Ministry’s goal is to empower people to overcome their addictions and emotional challenges so they can fully be who they were meant to be.
  • Ron Ovitt grew up with a fair amount of anxiety and depression.
  • Ron studied psychology, which played a part in his emotional healing.
  • He discovered that emotional resilience is a key component of the inner healing people need.
  • The Five Signs of a Healthy Christian:
  • Love Jesus
  • Love God’s Word
  • Emotional Resilience
  • Spirit-led
  • Outwardly Focused
  • Emotional resilience refers to the ability to bounce back from painful experiences and return to joy.
  • Emotional resilience can be broken down into three parts:
  • Emotional recognition
  • Emotional regulation
  • Emotional relearning
  • Ron likes to say, “If you embrace it you can erase it.” We need to embrace the reality of our lives; that’s where emotional healing begins.
  • It’s important to become aware of what we believe about ourselves.
  • Ron explains why we sometimes are unable to remember parts of our childhood.
  • People who struggle emotionally are unable to talk about it at church because of the stigma. The church should be the safest place in the world to talk about emotional struggles.
  • Ron’s book, Power Up!, is available as a free PDF at www.empowerministry.org/powerup





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