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Trauma-informed Church in Pandemic Recovery

Season 4, Episode 1

April 27 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm EDT

These past few years have been very strenuous for our whole community. With issues on top of the pandemic such as police violence, the threat of war, and other collective traumatic experiences, the need to not only understand how trauma affects an individual’s spirit but how to walk alongside those who are experiencing the responses to trauma is crucial in today’s age. The term ‘Trauma Informed Ministry’ is becoming more commonplace for congregations. Utilizing the work from the field of Trauma Informed Care, this New Church Hacks episode:

  • Familiarized participants with the language of being trauma-informed
  • Provided principles on how to help with trauma responses without retraumatizing individuals
  • Explored spiritual practices that help to center oneself in traumatic experiences.
  • Shared how to form communities of care that are trauma-informed

Joining host Rev. Dr. Jose Martinez (interim Minister of New Church Strategies) were the episode’s current featured guests including Rev. Dr. Irie Lynn Session (preacher at The Gathering: A Womanist Church), Rev. Dawn Bennett (Pastor Developer at The Table), and Joselyn Spence (Director of the Mental Health and Wellness Initiative of the National Benevolent Association).


New Church Hacks provides practical (and sometimes peculiar) prompts for churches from start to restart. This free webinar series is jam-packed with clever solutions to tricky problems and empowers courageous leaders with the tools, tips and how-tos to start, sustain and strengthen congregations. For regular updates, be sure to check this page and follow along on social media with #NewChurchHacks!

A link to a recording of the webinar will be emailed to all registrants after the episode airs, regardless of attendance.

Participants can also join us on New Church Ministry’s Facebook page, where a recording of the episode will live on its Videos tab.