PTSD resources for churches
Return to Church Military Ministry Resources - LINK Return to PTSD Directory of Resources - LINK
- 4 truths church leaders should know about PTSD (REBOOT Combat Recovery) - LINK
- How churches can help soldiers and their families readjust after combat? (Christianity Today) - LINK
- The silent war at home (Jocelyn Green, Christianity Today) - LINK
Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (Christian Reformed Church)
Article describes PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) and offers these resources:
- Psalms and Prayers for those with PTSD
Care for the Troops
Care for the Troops is for military members, civilian contractors, their immediate and extended family members; whether there is a family member deployed, between deployments, recently returned, or separated.. It is also for mental health professionals, congregations of all sizes and community leaders, and others who are in positions to provide help, compassion, or advice to those who are recovering from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This site will help those who are both near and far from the existing DOD and VA facilities; who may be having difficulty getting the help needed in a timely manner. We are working to help better educate and train an additional civilian cadre of mental health professionals and community and congregation leaders on how better to understand the issues of those affected by the Iraq and Afghanistan conflict. The goal is to be able to provide the needed resources that can address the mental health issues when they arise and cause any further delay in receiving treatment.
Congregation leaders (of small, medium, and large congregations) would include leaders of all faiths. Community Leader examples are school counselors, family practice doctors, members of social service organizations, police chiefs, fire chiefs, or other employers. It is without limits as it includes all civilians who come in contact with our brave veterans and their family members.
Combat Trauma and PTSD are not just psychological conditions they are spiritual as well. We believe that faith truly makes a difference in helping you and your family recover and heal from the wounds of war. We have resources to assist you as you take the steps of courage necessary to find the peace, the calm, the healing that God can bring. However, this journey is not one you must take alone. We are working to train up a nation-wide support team – local churches and congregations – who want to stand with you, encourage you and help you see the Hope-Giver, Jesus Christ.
Cru Military has developed biblically based resources for service members, their families, and professional and lay counselors who minster to them. Find encouragement and faith in God while facing difficult battles at home and in defense of our country. The Bridges to Healing initiative launched in 2007 to motivate and train churches to become Bridges to Healing for our military service men and women who are confronting Combat Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The E-Kit video seminar was developed to make the BTH available online. Its purpose expanded beyond just the need to address PTSD. The goal is broader: Engage the Military in your Midst.
The American Association of Christian Counselors partnered with Military Ministry (a Division of Campus Crusade for Christ and now Cru Military) to produce this groundbreaking 30-hour counseling training program. This course offering is one of the most significant and timely projects ever undertaken by either of our organizations.
Our desire is to equip, encourage, and empower you to make a difference in the lives of those suffering with stress and trauma (and their families). Don’t miss out on being a part of making a real impact on so many—especially the men and women returning home from war.
National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
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)
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.
Christian Veterans groups for your church to partner with (also listed HERE):
- Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs - LINK
- Point Man Ministries - LINK
- Project Josiah Restoration Ministry - LINK
- REBOOT Combat Recovery - LINK