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KC Bible-Based Trauma Healing Initial Equipping Session, Starting July 21

July 21


Connecting the Citywide Body of Christ around Jesus and His mission to heal wounded hearts  

Purpose of this Initial Equipping Session
To train participants to become facilitators in the American Bible Society’s Trauma Healing Institute Ministry using the curriculum, Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help.

About this Initial Equipping Session
Participants learn basic biblical and mental health principles related to trauma care. They will also:

  • explore if they themselves are carrying any wounds of trauma or loss and bring those to Christ for healing
  • learn how to lead groups in a participatory way
  • learn the program model
  • develop plans for using what they learn in their ministries, organizations, and community

Trauma healing facilitators aim to “do no harm” to those they help. To this end, participants are evaluated during this equipping session. A simple test measures mastery of content. A short practice facilitation exercise includes feedback on facilitator strengths and suggestions to address areas needing improvement.

Some of the topics addressed in this Initial Equipping Session

  • If God loves us why do we suffer?
  • What is a wound of the heart?
  • What can help our heart wounds heal?
  • What happens when someone is grieving?
  • Bringing our pain to the cross
  • How can we forgive others?
  • Looking back and looking forward
  • Moral Injury
  • Addictions
  • Caring for the caregiver
  • Organizing healing groups
  • Participatory learning
  • Managing group dynamics


Who Should Attend?
This training is open to laypeople and ministry/church leaders, including but not limited to mental health professionals, social justice advocates, NGO workers, and various others. The necessary qualifications are as follows:

  • able to communicate in English
  • have sufficient status to teach others in a community
  • able to attend the entire training
  • be at least 18 years old
  • committed to help trauma survivors
  • able to co-facilitate two trauma healing groups each year

This Initial Equipping Session is followed by a practicum in which apprentice facilitators teach the core lessons at least two times. The training process is completed with an Advanced Equipping session.


Trauma Healing Heart

Why Trauma Healing?
Trauma knows no boundaries of nationality, gender, age, social class, or race. We all live in a fallen world and groan inwardly from the painful consequences of the Fall. Trauma can create a barrier to people engaging with Scripture and creates a barrier to God, community, and self. People who have experienced trauma may read the Bible or hear scripture spoken, but yet the messages they so desperately need may not get into their hearts due to trauma. A Bible-based response to trauma and the Church being equipped to provide it can bring forth much fruit. The Church is uniquely called to this mission field of trauma healing.





Angela Brown

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Angela’s mission is to introduce everyone to the intimate relationship that’s possible with our Father, the Creator of the universe.   She’s active in prayer ministry, discipleship and marriage ministry as an minister with The Ecclesia Equipping Center and as ministry leader for the women of Kansas City Purpose & Destiny.    Angela  was introduced to the Trauma Healing Institute in 2019 and currently serves as a Training Facilitator for Trauma Healing.  Angela has been married for 28 years to Terrance Brown and has 2 sons, Tajh and Anthony.


Marisa Crawford Gray, EdD 

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Marisa is the founder of Intentionally Designed Solutions (IDS), a boutique organization that focuses on diversity, inclusion, and equity for workplace empowerment. She formed IDS after 15 years in higher education, ten years in non-profit, and five years working with numerous training and development and diversity and inclusion consulting firms. 

Marisa is an educator, leader, trainer, and motivator who intentionally uses her experiences, knowledge, and passion for assisting teams committed to going beyond mere compliance to building an intentional, genuinely equitable, and inclusive work culture. She and her husband Maurice have been married for 35 years, have three adult children and two grandchildren, and are members of Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, KS.  

Marisa began with the ministry of the Bible-based trauma healing with the American Bible Society and the Sending Project in August 2020 and is currently serving as a training facilitator.


Dr. Lisa Christensen

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Lisa has spent the last 25+ years in ministry in the church as well as in para-church ministries in the community. After becoming licensed with Open Bible Churches, she spent the next 20+ years teaching, developing ministry and educational programs, providing counseling services, and building collaboration between the church and the community. Community positions held includes case manager and liaison for at-risk families and director of a crisis pregnancy center.

​Lisa received her master’s degree in Theology of Transformational Leadership and began her career as a higher education professor while earning her doctoral degree in Philosophy of Leadership (emphasis in trauma and posttraumatic growth). Other certifications include mental health first aid with the state of Missouri, master mental health facilitator (emphasis in life coaching) with the American Association of Christian Counselors, board certification as master mental health coach with the International Board of Christian Care, and as a group trauma healing training facilitator with the Trauma Healing Institute.

​Currently, Dr. Christensen is the director of the Master of Theology in Transformational Leadership and the professor at Barclay College in Haviland, KS. She also remains involved in the local KC area as a board member of a nonprofit tutoring program “Minding the Gap”, is on the leadership team of the Forerunner Church lay counseling department and works with the KC Sending Project/Trauma Healing Institute partnership. Globally, Lisa provides individual life coaching, as well as leadership development, education, and coaching to Christian leadership groups.

​Lisa and her husband, Mike, reside in the Kansas City area. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.


Mark Davis

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Mark is a graduate of Nazarene Theological Seminary. He is a Marriage & Family Therapist who has ministered to traumatized individuals, families, and groups for 16 years. Mark is the Director of The Sending Project (TSP) Trauma Healing ministry. He enjoys leading conferences on topics including Unity in the Body of Christ, The Fatherhood of God, Healing Wounds of the Heart, Strengthening Marriages and Families, and Strategies Regarding Multiplying Disciples.  He also serves on the Church Relations team at TSP.  He helps pastors, church leaders, and ministry leaders in Kansas City from many cultural backgrounds connect, collaborate, and strategize with a missional focus. Mark is passionate about unity in diversity. He sees each ethnic group God created as a special treasure and a great blessing for our lives, beautifully reflecting God’s glory in unique ways.



What Trauma Healing Participants Are Saying

  • “I recommend Trauma Healing groups of the Trauma Healing Institute because it changed my Life…” (Kansas City pastor)
  • “This training is training that everybody on the planet needs.” (Pastor Keith Williams from the video, “Unchained”)
  • “I have laid all actions and feelings of resentment, which I have been slowed down by, at the cross. I surrender my will to His will for my life…”
  • “…It was a blessing to be part of this Trauma Healing program…I didn’t know that I had many wounds in my life when I am serving in the Kingdom of God work for the past sixteen years as a full-time minister; but in this training I saw all the wounds in my life and I brought all to the cross. I am free and blessed by this Trauma Healing program….” (Kansas City Pastor)



July 21-24, 2022
Check in 4:30 pm, Thursday (July 21)
Thursday: 5:00 pm to 9:00pm (July 21)
Friday: 5:00 pm-9:00pm (July 22)
Saturday: 8:30am-6:00pm (July 23)
Sunday:   2:00 pm to 6:00 pm (July 24)

July 29-30, 2022
Friday: 5:00pm-9:00pm (July 29)
Saturday: 8:30am-4:00pm (July 30)



Summit Point Church
812 S Sterling Ave
Independence, MO 64054


$125 per person
In addition to the training, the following will be provided for each participant: five meals, snacks, drinks, a book, and a packet of trauma healing materials.

Trauma Healing Initial Equipping Session

This Initial Equipping session is limited to 36 people.  

To save your spot, please register as soon as possible.

Payment is accepted in the form of check, cash, or credit card. Credit card payment is done at the time of online registration. Checks or cash payments must arrive at The Sending Project office, located at the Hope Chapel Olathe Campus (12480 S Black Bob, Olathe, KS, 66062) no later than July 15, 2022, to reserve your spot. 




For more information contact Mark Davis at 913-206-6835 or mark.davis@thesendingproject.org


I hope you can attend this powerful Initial Equipping Session for Bible-Based Trauma Healing Ministry that is happening in the Kansas City area!

Mark Davis
Director of KC-area Bible-Based Trauma Healing Ministry
The Sending Project


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Summit Point Church
812 S Sterling Ave
Independence, 64054 United States
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