PTSD resources for churches

American Public Media - Beyond the Yellow Ribbon  website
In this essay, Chaplain Morris suggests that communities of worship should be on the
frontline of helping combat veterans and their families readjust to life in the U.S. Here, he
offers seven steps to help in this process.


Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (Christian Reformed Church)  website
Article describes PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) and offers these resources:
  • Worship Resources 
  • Congregational Resources 
  • Psalms and Prayers for those with PTSD 
  • Suggestions for Pastors 
  • Denominational Resources 
  • Learn More about PTSD
Read a letter to Christian Reformed pastors and elders addressing the concern of TBI and
PTSD. link


Christianity Today: Veteran Ministry (Article)  website
How churches can help soldiers and their families readjust after combat?


Iraq War Veterans Organization  website
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD Support Groups, Other PTSD Links and Publications.


Jocelyn Green - "The Silent War At Home" website
A fabulous article printed in Today's Christian about how the church can help Soldiers
returning from combat.


Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - Veteran's Ministry Coming Home
Collaborative  website
The Coming Home Collaborative is an open and growing volunteer association of people who
are concerned with the psychological and spiritual healing of veterans, especially those
currently reintegrating with their families and communities.

How can your church can reach out to newly returning veterans and their families?  Here are some resources available:
  • Reaching out 
  • Essential resources 
  • Welcome home guide 
  • Other veteran's outreach initiatives in our synod 
  • Suggestions for returning soldiers 
  • Tips for Families in Transition 
  • Gather with other recent vets and their families 
  • Veteran Ministry articles in InterActs 
  • Suicide Warning Signs (this link goes to CBS News' site) 


Military Ministry  website
Military Ministry and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) are in the process of producing a 30-hour video series and certification program that will help prepare professional, pastoral and lay counselors for serving military members and families. Together, Military Ministry and the AACC will join forces to deploy tens of thousands of Christians from thousands of churches in the fight to build bridges between PTSD suffering and God’s love and healing power.


National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder  website
The National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD) aims to advance the clinical care and social welfare of U.S. Veterans through research, education and training on PTSD and stress-related disorders.


Southern Baptist Church - North American Mission Board:
Biblical Response to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)  website
This is a six-session video training conference, presented above as recorded at Southern Seminary during the Chaplain Training Conference in March 2009, and and accompanying manual. The manual, available for download along with two brochures (see items 2-4 below), can also be used independently of the video training.  The training was developed by by Chaplain John Steven Evans and Chaplain Richard E. Sale.
PTSD resources for churches
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