Friday, July 19, 6:30–9pm & Saturday, July 20, 9am–12pm
Join us as CCEF speakers Darby Strickland and Ed Welch help us consider what trauma is, how it affects us, and how God compassionately tends to his people's wounds. See Ed Welch share what trauma can be like
Friday, July 19
- Session 1: A Way Into Trauma
Our care for each other means that we both know the person and we know what God says. First we will consider how we can better understand the person who has gone through a traumatic event. If we don’t understand the person, he or she will never feel safe.
- Session 2: Hearts Shaped by Trauma
Trauma overloads a person, eliciting intense physical, emotional, and spiritual responses. It is essential to understand the particular wounds created by trauma. But it is equally important that we understand how each individual heart has been shaped by it. We will pay close attention to how trauma has shaped sufferers’ understanding of themselves, the Lord, and others.
- Session 3: Tenderness for Wounded People
Trauma often overwhelms both bodies and hearts. It creates deep and varied wounds, which need to be tended to. In this session, we will look at how to care wisely and tenderly for the traumatized as we seek to embody Jesus.
Saturday, July 20
- Session 4: When the Body has a Mind of Its Own
Trauma leaves its tracks on the body. Sometimes those tracks are obvious and we know they go back into the past. But, more often, those who have experienced trauma feel as though their body is not their own and its feelings are foreign and unpredictable. As a way into these matters we will consider the popular book, The Body Keeps the Score.
- Session 5: Redemption That Remembers
Scripture houses many detailed and anguish-filled accounts of trauma. These stories provoke deep questions about how God relates to us. And while each story is embedded into the larger and better story of redemption, they are not eclipsed by it. God redeems, but he also remembers. We will look at how this can guide us as we seek to draw out trauma-filled stories so that we can connect the sufferer to God and others.
- Session 6: Care for the Heart of the Helper
As we enter into the lives of traumatized people, we will be touched and affected by their stories. While it is a privilege to care for precious souls, hearing stories of profound loss, deep griefs, and evil perpetrated will have an impact on us. In the session, we will look at ways the Lord meets and sustains your heart as you become a witness to the acute effects of the fall.
- Session 7: Hope and Safety Found in Jesus
Safety is elusive for those who have had traumatic experiences. If there were times of safety in the past, they are quickly forgotten, and the traumatic story dominates. We live before the God who acts against injustice, comforts those who have been scattered, and brings them into himself. We will look at Scripture passages that can serve the traumatized person.
- Session 8: Panel Q&A
See further details and speaker bios at ccef.org
$50/person (through start of conference)
$25/student student rate*Registration cancellations will receive refunds, less a $10 administrative fee, through Thursday, July 18th at 5pm CT, after which no refunds will be given.
*Substitutions will be processed through Thursday, July 18th at 5pm CT.