Elective Modules / Maturity

Navigating Betrayal

Dr. David Sumrall

Navigating Betrayal
Uncover the wisdom to recognize and overcome betrayal, leading with resilience and forgiveness in the face of challenges.

2 Video Lessons

Watch, listen, and learn as David E. Sumrall shows you how to navigate life’s inevitable betrayals.

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Embark on a transformative exploration with Dr. David E. Sumrall in the Navigating Betrayal course. As the esteemed pastor of a 35,000-member church in Manila, Philippines, Dr. Sumrall shares profound insights from his personal journey of overcoming betrayal. This course offers a compelling narrative on resilience, forgiveness, and leadership in the face of adversity. Participants will gain invaluable wisdom on recognizing betrayal’s signs, overcoming the hurt it inflicts, and emerging stronger as leaders. Dr. Sumrall’s teachings, rooted in real-world experiences, provide a unique roadmap for individuals navigating the challenging terrain of leadership. Join this insightful journey to discover how to lead with grace, forgiveness, and unwavering commitment in the midst of betrayal’s complexities.

What You’ll Learn

  • Understand the long-term investment required for effective pastoral leadership.
  • Cultivate a culture of forgiveness and reality within a church community.
  • Develop resilience to face betrayal while staying committed to one’s calling and leadership role.
  •  Acknowledge that betrayal is an inevitable part of life.
  •  Learn to differentiate between self-inflicted pain and true betrayal.
  •  Discover the importance of maintaining focus on helping others to heal from the pain of betrayal.



    1. Recognizing Betrayal

    In the face of life’s inevitable betrayals, you must not let the sting of betrayal hinder your pursuit of God’s calling. Join David E. Sumrall in this eye-opening session where you’ll learn to identify betrayal and develop the resilience to press on. Drawing insights from research on thriving churches and the enduring leadership of Jesus, you’ll discover the crucial elements for sustained pastoral success.You’ll learn how to cultivate a forgiving church culture, navigate relationships, and face betrayal with unwavering commitment. As you recognize the signs and motives behind betrayal, you’ll gain a profound understanding of the human heart’s conflicted nature. Embrace the wisdom to navigate betrayal, build a resilient ministry, and flourish even in the face of challenges.

    2. Overcoming the Hurt of Betrayal
    Betrayal, an inevitable facet of life, becomes a transformative opportunity in this session led by David E. Sumrall. Instead of succumbing to the pain, Sumrall empowers you to navigate the aftermath of betrayal with a Godly response. Redirecting focus from personal hurt to aiding others, this session advocates for healing through selflessness. Sumrall explores self-inflicted pain, emphasizing openness and learning from mistakes. The session unfolds to reveal signs of true betrayal and guides you on a non-confrontational path, managing fallout and understanding the betrayer’s conflicted heart. By emphasizing the struck shepherd doctrine, Sumrall underscores the leader’s role as a pattern-setter, encouraging resilience and the healing power of giving to others.
    Quick Facts


    English, French




    0.76 credit units

    No. of Sessions

    2 Sessions

    Running Time

    1 hour 1 minute

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    About the Instructor

    Dr. David E. Sumrall
    David E. Sumrall is a pastor, radio personality, and podcast host. He is the senior pastor of Cathedral of Praise (COP) in Manila, Philippines, founded by Dr. Lester Sumrall in 1954. 

    In 1980, David and his wife Sister Beverely arrived as evangelists to the Philippines. By 1982  church leadership was passed over from Daniel Morocco, who had served as pastor for 15 years. In 1988 construction was completed, housing over 4,000 members. COP now has five five satellite churches and ten branches spread across the Philippines, Hawaii, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi.

    David hosts a daily podcast Devotions with Pastor E. Sumrall

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