Join me at this virtual conference this week: Grace for the Broken: Preventing Ministry Burnout


I’m participating in a free virtual conference for church leaders entitled: Grace for the Broken: Preventing Ministry Burnout. Conference sessions are free when shown live. For those who want an all access pass for viewing later, they offer the entire conference for $47 until March 11. Here are the links:

Conference information and free registration

All access pass for purchase.

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Launch of a new website for free, sharable trauma healing basics


My wonderful colleagues at the Trauma Healing Institute, a ministry of American Bible Society, have launched www.traumahealinginstitute.org/basics, a page for FREE resources that can be shared with anyone who might benefit from basic materials that can explain what trauma is and how we begin the journey of healing. Kudos to Heather Drew and Justin Taylor as well as our good friends at Luminary Labs. Check out the short video below and then go to the site above for a guide for friends who might be listening to someone tell a bit of their trauma story and a safe listener’s promise.

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Where do we start the conversation as we seek greater racial unity?


Here is a short blog I co-wrote in light of the upcoming MLK webinar mentioned in my last post.

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Listen to Ed Stetzer and AR Bernard talk about repairing racial divides on MLK Day


Drs Ed Stetzer (Wheaton College Billy Graham Center) and A.R. Bernard (Christian Cultural Center) will be talking together with host Rev. Dr Nicole Martin (American Bible Society) on January 18, 2021 about how to repair the racial breach we have in this country. They will be exploring how to advance the conversation from a biblical perspective.

To register for the webinar, click here.

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Abuse of power in the church: What is it? What can we do?


On Saturday I participated in a 40 minute webinar hosted by GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) along with Dr. Diane Langberg. If you want to watch it on YouTube, here is the link. We defined various forms of power and how it can be abused. We talked about how organizations and systems may end up supporting abuse of power. And we considered some ways in which we can respond to victims. Throughout the year, GRACE will host more of these webinars and delve deeper into the impact of abuse and ways to heal.

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Welcoming faith-sensitive mental health care: An op ed


In June, one national study indicated that 40% of Americans admitted to currently struggling with a mental health condition or addiction. Where will people turn? Many people of faith turn to their church leaders. Others turn to mental health care providers.

In either case, people of faith would like help. They want their clergy to be competent to understand the complex experiences they are having. They want their therapists to respect and even engage their faith questions. While we are doing better training both clergy and therapists, we still have a ways to go.

Here’s an op-ed I wrote and published today discussing our need to improve faith-sensitive mental health care. Take a look. How can we take the next step in improving the care that people of faith are seeking?

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Trauma in America, unveiling a Barna study in a webinar


in 2019, American Bible Society sponsored a study comparing chronic trauma in both churched and unchurched populations. It is out now and you can learn about it on a free webinar on August 6 at 2 pm EDT. I will be one of the guests talking about the implications of the research findings and how pastors and church leaders can be part of the healing path.

Sign up here. If you attend, Barna will give you a discount code if you want to purchase a print or digital copy of the monograph.

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Preparing the church for the oncoming mental health pandemic


A couple of weeks ago, I wrote this essay that Christian Post published today. It is a letter to church leaders and suggests 4 ways they can support positive emotional and spiritual care for their congregants.

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Looking for online trauma related resources related to COVID-19?


If you are looking for learning opportunities or materials to use with your friends or church community, check out some of these links:

Learning opportunities:

Beyond Disaster and COVID related materials for use in small groups

The Trauma Healing Institute has a number of resources you may find helpful. Each one below is found here.

  • Beyond Disaster. A small booklet that can be read alone or shared in F2F or online settings.
  • Using Beyond Disaster in Small Groups. A guide to use the BD booklet.
  • 2 lessons related to the distress of COVID-19, one for adults and one for familys with young school-aged children.

For more materials as well as these materials in other languages, check out http://www.disasterrelief.bible

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Beyond Disaster Resources


Today, at 10am EDT, my work

will be hosting a webinar discussing some Bible and trauma informed care for folks during and after a disaster.
You can log in here.


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