50 Trauma-Informed Ideas Your Church Can Put Into Practice
The ideas encompass various aspects of church life, including worship, pastoral care, small group activities, and community outreach.
Jamie Aten and Kent Annan
The local church is vital in supporting and healing individuals who have experienced or are facing trauma. However, you may be struggling to develop ideas on what actions your congregation can take to become more trauma-informed. As a church, it is essential to cultivate an environment that fosters understanding, empathy, and restoration.
This resource presents 50 trauma-informed ideas for your congregation to consider implementing, in order to create a safe and nurturing space for those walking the healing path. These ideas encompass various aspects of church life, including worship, pastoral care, small group activities, and community outreach—ensuring that every part of your congregation is well-equipped to respond to the needs of those affected by trauma.
Educate your congregation about trauma and its effects.
Provide staff and volunteer training on how to recognize and respond to trauma.
Make accommodations, such as quiet spaces or designated seating areas, for those impacted by trauma.
Provide trauma-sensitive worship services.
Offer a safe space for trauma survivors to share their stories and experiences.
Provide resources and support for families affected by trauma.
Develop a trauma-informed approach to pastoral care.
Provide trauma-focused Bible studies or small groups.
Host trauma-informed conferences and workshops.
Offer resources and support for victims of domestic violence.
Provide education on the connection between trauma and addiction.
Hold a trauma-informed Bible study for addiction recovery.
Offer resources and support for those with PTSD.
Provide education on the connection between trauma and mental health.
Offer resources and support for those struggling with depression and anxiety.
Host trauma-informed parenting classes.
Offer resources and support for children who have experienced trauma.
Provide trauma-sensitive children's programming.
Create a resource library on trauma and its effects.
Provide education on the connection between trauma and physical health.
May your church be a beacon of light, offering Christ’s comfort, restoration, and love to those who seek refuge within its walls.
The Better Samaritan blog is produced by the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College, a research institute which specializes in resilience and spiritual fortitude. To learn more and apply for a M.A. in Humanitarian & Disaster Leadership, visit our website.
Jamie Aten, Ph.D. and Kent Annan, M.Div. co-direct the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College and are also the co-founders of Spiritual First Aid.