We live in a rapidly changing and trauma-ridden society. Unfortunately, most ministries are not equipped to deal with those who have encountered excessive stress, trauma, and PTSD. We are well aware that those whom we call “first responders” are especially vulnerable to traumatic stress. Our police, firefighters, paramedics, and members of the military, who are involved in the immediate aftermath of disasters, are at high risk for trauma as they perform their responsibilities. But they are not the only ones.
The occurrence of traumatic incidents in our culture is swiftly rising. Being a victim of trauma can bring on questions of how we view life. The world may no longer make sense. Those who are suffering from trauma may lose a sense of order and predictability regarding the world around them. Trauma can also result in very serious spiritual distress. It is not uncommon for victims to feel angry with God. They may withdraw from any contact with family, friends, co-workers, and church family. Their faith may be so shattered that they cannot find comfort in any aspect of their church community. Questions arise as to why God would permit such tragedy and trauma to happen to them.
This seminar is specially designed to help churches understand how to respond without adding shame or guilt to those who are suffering. And it reveals how to minister in a meaningful and helpful way that will aid in their recovery.
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