Webinar: When Christian Love Hurts

Learn how you can reach out to, connect with, and help survivors of domestic abuse.

Pastors, domestic abuse is happening in your church.

If you have more than three people in your congregation, chances are one of them is a survivor of domestic or dating violence.*

Knowing how to reach out to, connect with, and establish trust with a survivor is vital for the physical health and spiritual well-being of your congregation members.


We can help you address it.

In this 1-hour webinar, you’ll learn best practices that you can start using immediately.

We’ll cover:

  • How abuse affects survivors spiritually
  • Why the church is so important in the healing process
  • Five ways to build trust with survivors
  • Creating a church community that welcomes survivors

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What other pastors are saying

This program has opened my eyes to the unfortunate reality that abuse is taking place right before us. God’s people need a safe place to discuss these issues in order to find support and lasting freedom.

Pastor Dan Schmidt

Faith Lutheran Church – Excelsior, MN

This has opened my eyes to the prevalence of domestic abuse in all of our communities and churches. I feel prepared to reach out in a loving and understanding way to those who desperately need to hear God’s love, forgiveness, and peace.

Pastor Nate Scharf

St. Paul's – New Ulm, MN

Meet the Presenter

Michelle Markgraf

Michelle Markgraf, community expert on survivor advocacy and safety, helped launch the Empowering Survivors of Relationship Violence program at Kingdom Workers. She previously worked as a volunteer advocate and later as the Executive Director of a rape and domestic abuse crisis center.

Survivors need your spiritual guidance

Working with survivors of current or past domestic/dating violence can be difficult because of the sensitive nature of the subject. Often, survivors feel guilty about the abuse. They feel they have done something wrong and deserve the treatment they receive at the hands of their abusers.


Their guilt, fear, and shame keep them from talking to you, their pastor, or only telling a sanitized story. 


In this webinar we'll look at all the forms that abuse can take, what you can look for, and how to talk to a survivor. You'll learn to listen for the hints they drop and how to ask questions that invite the survivor to share more of their story with you so they can receive the spiritual nurturing they need. 


Survivors are everywhere. And they’re in your congregation, too.



*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2015 Data Brief – Updated Release. Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

We’re here to help you serve survivors in and near your church.