KC Bible-Based Trauma Healing Initial Equipping Session
Building missional awareness, community, and collaboration
around Jesus and His mission to heal wounded hearts
Purpose of this Initial Equipping Session
To train participants to become facilitators in the American Bible Society's Trauma Healing Institute Ministry using the curriculum, Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help.
About this Initial Equipping Session
Participants learn basic biblical and mental health principles related to trauma care. They will also:
- explore if they themselves are carrying any wounds of trauma or loss and bring those to Christ for healing
- learn how to lead groups in a participatory way
- learn the program model
- develop plans for using what they learn in their ministries, organizations, and community
Trauma healing facilitators aim to “do no harm” to those they help. To this end, participants are evaluated during this equipping session. A simple test measures mastery of content. A short practice facilitation exercise includes feedback on facilitator strengths and suggestions to address areas needing improvement.
Who Should Attend?
This training is open to laypeople and ministry/church leaders, including but not limited to mental health professionals, social justice advocates, NGO workers, and various others. The necessary qualifications are as follows:
- able to communicate in English
- have sufficient status to teach others in a community
- able to attend the entire training
- be at least 18 years old
- committed to help trauma survivors
- able to give at least 2 weeks throughout each year to trauma healing
This Initial Equipping Session is followed by a practicum in which apprentice facilitators teach the core lessons at least two times. The training process is completed with an Advanced Equipping session.
Why Trauma Healing?
Trauma knows no boundaries of nationality, gender, age, social class, or race. We all live in a fallen world and groan inwardly from the painful consequences of the Fall. Trauma can create a barrier to people engaging with Scripture and creates a barrier to God, community, and self. People who have experienced trauma may read the Bible or hear scripture spoken, but yet the messages they so desperately need may not get into their hearts due to trauma. A Bible-based response to trauma and the Church being equipped to provide it can bring forth much fruit. The Church is uniquely called to this mission field of trauma healing.
Facilitators for this Initial Equipping Session
Donna has worked in the hotel hospitality industry for 30 years. Donna received her call to ministry in 2005 at a conference in Dallas and was hired as the Minister of Outreach at Red Bridge United Methodist Church in KC. She was appointed as Associate Pastor of Outreach in November 2009. Donna volunteers with a variety of other ministries and is a certified John Maxwell speaker, teacher, and coach. She entered into the ministry of the Bible-based trauma healing with the American Bible Society and The Sending Project in August 2017 and is currently serving as a facilitator.
Natalie's passion, desire, and goal for her life is to reflect the true heart and character of God and that He uses her to share Jesus' healing, hope, and love with others. This passion has inspired Natalie in this season of her faith journey to dedicate her time to several ministries including The Wall Project for multi-ethnic reconcilliation among the Church, becoming a Training Facilitator in Trauma Healing and pursuing her Master's degree in Counseling. She is a recent graduate of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master in Counseling.
Mark is the Director of Bible-Based Trauma Healing Ministry in the KC area with The Sending Project. He is a marriage and family therapist who has worked with traumatized children, youth, and their families for the last 14 years. He has led approximately 20 pastors' conferences in Nicaragua, helping to facilitate the healing of emotional and spiritual wounds in pastors and church leaders. Mark's passion is building awareness, community and collaboration around Jesus and His mission to heal wounded hearts.
Pastor Adrion Roberson
Adrion is the Co-Pastor of Berean Fellowship Church in Kansas City, KS. He has over 30 years of experience in both "for profit" and "not for profit" business/academic sectors. He is the Executive Director/Co-Founder of KC UNITED! Youth/Family Sports and Education Initiative. In 2020, Adrion is launching Destiny! Leadership Consulting B.H.C. (Building Human Capacity). He has received his B.S. from Calvary University in the area of Urban Pastoral Theology and he now serves as member of the Calvary Executive Board. Adrion and his wife Vicky have been married for 38 years, have three sons, three daughters-in-law, and are the proud grandparents of six wonderful grandchildren.
July 24 - August 1, 2020
Check in 8:00am, Friday (July 24)
Friday: 8:30am-6:00pm (July 24)
Saturday: 8:30am-6:00pm (July 25)
Friday: 5:30pm-9:00pm (July 31)
Saturday: 8:30am-6:00pm (August 1)
Event Participation Fee: $80 per person; Limited number of scholarships available
The cost includes four meals, snacks, drinks, two books, and participant's folders
This Initial Equipping session is limited to 36 people. To save your spot, please register as soon as possible.
Payment is accepted in the form of check, cash, or credit card. Credit card payment is done at the time of online registration. Checks or cash payments must arrive at The Sending Project office, located at Hope Chapel (formerly Indian Creek Community Church), no later than July 22, 2020, to reserve your spot.
For more information contact Mark Davis at 913-206-6835 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The KC-area Bible-Based Trauma Healing Ministry operates as a part of the KC Bible Impact Network. In partnership with the American Bible Society and Biblica, the KC Bible Impact Network is facilitated locally by Mainstream Bible Outreach Society and The Sending Project, and includes a variety of initiatives that relate to the advancement of Bible engagement in the KC metro and surrounding area.
What KC Trauma Healing Participants Are Saying
- "I recommend Trauma Healing groups of the Trauma Healing Institute because it changed my Life…” (Kansas City pastor)
- "I thank God for this moment. I am so blessed for how God works with His people. I feel 100% healed…”
- “I have laid all actions and feelings of resentment, which I have been slowed down by, at the cross. I surrender my will to His will for my life…”
- “...It was a blessing to be part of this Trauma Healing program…I didn't know that I had many wounds in my life when I am serving in the Kingdom of God work for the past sixteen years as a full-time minister; but in this training I saw all the wounds in my life and I brought all to the cross. I am free and blessed by this Trauma Healing program….” (Kansas City Pastor)