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For Churches

Trauma isn’t just sadness on steroids. It is not stepping on a Lego twice or forgetting to record your favorite show. Trauma is an event that goes beyond our ordinary capacity for coping and functioning. Trauma devastates. It dismantles. It goes to the heart of our most deeply held beliefs about God, the world, and our place in it. It hits us at the very core of who we are and what we believe and leaves us forever changed.


And so often the Church is unprepared for it.

Trauma will find its way into the walls of our churches. When trauma survivors come to our churches, we need to be prepared to come alongside them and walk with them through their darkest days. As pastors, church leaders, and believers, there are specific things we can do to support trauma survivors and make our churches places of safety and healing.


Dr. Keener offers seminars based on her new book, Comfort in the Ashes, to assist churches and organizations in becoming trauma-informed and able to minister to trauma survivors in a healthy and biblical manner.

Topics include:

  • What is trauma?

  • Recognizing trauma responses

  • Basics of trusted listening

  • Becoming a place of safety

  • Accepting a survivor's story

  • Being a community for survivors


As a Director of Discipleship, Michelle has written and taught courses that teach the foundations of Christian theology, Bible study, and Christian discipleship. From a one-hour presentation to a weekly class, discipleship classes and programs can be tailored to your church's needs and available timeframe.

Available programs include:

  • Foundations of the Christian Faith

  • How to Study the Bible

  • Building a Discipleship Program in Your Church

  • Introduction to Apologetics

If you would like to have Michelle teach a discipleship course at your church or equip your leaders to teach a course, please contact us.

Becoming a Trauma-Informed Ministry

Discipleship Programs

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