On the show today is Kobe Campbell, CEO and lead therapist at The Healing Circle.  And we are talking all about How trauma-informed leadership can transform the church.

When we show up to lead and serve it’s hard to imagine we are bringing along the experiences and lessons that we learn as a child.  For most of us, we didn’t grow up in idyllic homes and neighbourhoods.  Most of us experienced a variety of issues from poverty, divorce, moving a lot and instability, bullying, racism, Food scarcity, or unavailable parents who are just trying to survive, but through self-reflection, mentors, therapy, school of hard knocks we have recognized the stuff inside us that is unhealthy and grown. 

As leaders, it is helpful to be aware that our self-confidence, how we relate to our peers and authority were developed as a child.  

Kobe Campbell, CEO of The Healing Circle specializes in trauma therapy.  She is passionate about helping people heal from trauma as they discover how God is part of the healing process.  But she also works with ministry leaders to see how their trauma experience impacts how they lead.




How do church leaders’ best intentions to support actually send messages of shame?

    • Hope is lost when the responsibility of depression was put back on the person who is suffering
    • Depression is not because God is mad or a direct consequence of sin by the sufferer
    • “When we step into places with authority but without knowledge we wound people”


Finding support from someone who does not judge is healing.

  • What the world deems normal is often unhealthy and destructive. 
  • Being heard and receiving validation for what was causing pain helped overcome depression.
  • Everyone deserves to be without consequence


What resources does The healing Circle offer?

  • Specialize in trauma therapy
  • Coaching and consulting for churches in Trauma leadership
  • Show up with an awareness of we are all carrying trauma’s 
  • Individual coaching Internationally. 


What does the Scripture/Bible say about Trauma?

  • Trauma found in the story of David
  • David experienced abandonment as a child and struggles with intimacy as an adult. 
  • Trauma does not get resolved by time or success, or change of location 
  • “God can have mercy for the things that lead us to sin and still hold us accountable for sin.”


As church leaders, how can we put to practice these lessons of being trauma-informed in our leadership?

  • Instead, why did you do this, but ask what happened?
  • If we knew the depth of brokenness people carry every day, we would be more gentle
  • People are the expert on their experiences
  • Trauma only exists because of the fall. 


How can Trauma-informed leadership transform the church?

  • Help people can see how God responds to the suffering of people 
  • The healing that people are longing for is not happening in the church
  • Teaching what is trauma


Support for the following podcast comes from Hope made Strong’s training, “Trauma-Informed Care for the Faith Community“.  This is training for church leaders that introduces how to build a safe, healthy and trauma-informed church community.   For just $5 join the training, download the toolkit and have access to the resource library offering dozens of books, online resources, and media links.  The live training is in Feb 2022, but the replay and resources will remain accessible 

Go to HopeMadeStrong.org/traumainformed for more information 



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