On Sunday, July 31, at 5 PM, Dr. Diane Langberg will give a lecture entitled, “Becoming a Church That Cares Well For the Abused.” Statistics show that about 25% of women in any given church have experienced abuse at some point in their lives, and about 12.5% of women are actively experiencing some sort of abuse. This is not a problem “out there,” but occurs even within the walls of the local church. God calls His people in Isaiah 1:17 to “seek justice” and “correct oppression” in the world. Consequently, this is not just a problem to be solved “out there,” but one to be addressed within the walls of the local church. What can we, as the body of Christ, do to care well for those who have experienced abuse and put an end to the actions of those who are perpetrating it?
Dr. Diane Langberg is a psychologist globally recognized for her 50 years of clinical work with trauma victims. She has trained caregivers and clergy on six continents in responding to trauma and to the abuse of power. She was the director of Diane Langberg, Ph.D. & Associates, a group practice in Jenkintown, PA. She is the author of multiple books, including Counsel for Pastors’ Wives, Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse, On the Threshold of Hope: Opening the Door to Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, and Suffering and the Heart of God: How Trauma Destroys and Christ Restores. Her newest book is Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church. Dr. Langberg is also a columnist for Christian Counseling Today and contributes to many other publications.
Dr. Langberg is the former Chair of the Executive Board of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and former Co-Chair of American Bible Society’s Trauma Advisory Council. She formerly served on the board of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in a Christian Environment). Dr. Langberg is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumna for Professional Achievement from Taylor University, the American Association of Christian Counselor’s Caregiver Award, The Distinguished President’s award, and the Philadelphia Council of Clergy’s Christian Service Award. She is married and has two sons and four grandchildren.