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, church leaders, etc. Physical, verbal, sexual, and emotional abuse are much more common in the church than we would like to think. How do we care well for people who have experienced abuse? And how do we do everything in our power to ensure that our churches are a refuge for those who need “shelter from the storm” (Isaiah 32:2)? This conference is designed to equip the church to more fully protect and serve those in their midst.

Often we are well-meaning but clumsy in our efforts to come alongside vulnerable people and ill-equipped to lead abusers to 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 build up those who have been sinned against and bind up their wounds.

Dr. Diane Langberg

Diane Langberg, PhD, 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. She also directs her own counseling practice of sixteen therapists with multiple specialties. A long-time member of Calvary PCA in Willow Grove Pennsylvania, her most recent book is Suffering and the Heart of God: How Trauma Destroys and Christ Restores.

Register Here

Registration is $20 per person, which includes entrance both Friday and Saturday (registration for only one day is not available). Registration will be open through Feb 12 or until sold out. You must register in advance; there will be no walk-up registration option. Childcare is not provided for this event.  Register here.

Location and Parking

Hosted at Grace Mosaic, 1423 Girard Street, NE  Washington, DC.  Street parking is available throughout the neighborhood.  


Friday, Feb 15 

7 pm             Doors open/Check-in

7:30 pm         Session 1: Understanding the Power God has Entrusted to Us

8:30 pm          Q&A

Saturday, Feb 16

9 am          Session 2: Understanding the Experience of Abuse

10:15 am   Coffee break

10:45 am    Session 3: The Church as a Healing Place

12:00 pm    Q&A 


Contact Kara Callaghan,, with any questions.