written by Samantha Menley, community coordinator for 200k More Reasons
200,000 More Reasons and the Director of Discipleship and Leadership Development were excited to host 85 United Methodist for an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma Informed Ministry training at First United Methodist Church, Conway last Saturday, September 9.
Participants included clergy, children’s and youth ministers, and laity from 52 churches around the Conference. After a group learning session about the definition of ACEs and why being aware of them is important, attendees chose breakout sessions that dove deeper into their specific areas of interest: clergy, children’s ministry, youth ministry, and outreach ministry.
The day ended with reflections on how to apply this knowledge to ongoing ministries, how to recognize the personal trauma we bring to the table, and concluded with Communion led by Bishop Laura Merrill. One participant said, “This was a wonderful workshop providing much-needed information that is helpful to take back to my church.”
There will be a Zoom follow-up for participants hosted by Rev. Eva Englert-Jessen and Dr. Keneshia Bryant-Moore.