Life Counseling Center Ministries and Chapelgate Presbyterian Church are pleased to welcome Dr. Diane Langberg, PhD
SATURDAY • MARCH 7, 2020
Dr. Diane Langberg is globally recognized for her work with trauma victims. She has trained caregivers the world over in responding to trauma and to the abuse of power. Her most recent book is Suffering and the Heart of God: How Trauma Destroys and Christ Restores.
Leadership in the church of Jesus Christ is a holy trust from the Lord himself, who loves his people and is fiercely devoted to them. Any power that we have–at home, in the workplace, in society, or in the church–is ours only as it is received from God. That power carries with it unique temptations, alongside unique opportunities to bless others.
Sadly, many people come to church bearing emotional and spiritual scars from past or present abuse received from those in power over them–parents, spouses, bosses, or church leaders. Physical, verbal, sexual, and emotional abuse is much more common in the church than we would like to think.
Oftentimes church leaders are well-meaning but clumsy in their efforts to come alongside vulnerable people, or ill-equipped to lead abusers through repentance. Sometimes our “care” adds an extra layer of suffering onto already painful circumstances.
This conference is for those who earnestly desire to grow in wisdom and insight in these matters, so as to more effectively to build up those who have been sinned against, and bind up their wounds. This conference is also for those who have been wounded and need hope that the church can indeed be a refuge.
Leaders, pastors, and friends will learn how to do everything in their power to ensure that our churches are a refuge for those who need “shelter from the storm” (Isaiah 32:2).