Care Ministry Guiding Principles

Care Ministry Guiding Principles

Our Guiding Principles

As it has been adapted from the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to fit within the context of church ministry, the concept of a trauma-informed approach would mean that “a program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed”:

  • Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and provides practical ministry interventions as well as support for ongoing mental health interventions.
  • Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in the children, youth, men, and women it ministers to, as well as the effects that living with a traumatized individual has on all relationships – marriage, family, work, and social.
  • Responds to the needs within its worshipping community and the needs of its neighbors by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into church and ministry policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Seeks to actively resist re-traumatization that can occur when appropriate recognition and intervention is not wed with compassion and a commitment to stabilizing relationships and supportive structures that de-stigmatize mental health issues.