A Narrative Case-Study of ACEs: Trauma-Informed Ministry for New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and Pontiac, Michigan
Keyon S. Payton
This study addresses the severe consequences of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the need for the Church to provide early interventions that will curve destructive patterns of behavior that aid healing from these traumas. The roots of the problem lie in the cultural, theological, and practical inability to reach behaviorally challenged children and youth who have been traumatized by ACEs. The results lead up to the core question of this research: how could priestly listening and theology by heart method (empathy- and love-centric) serve as a method for ministry to repair, renew, and restore healthy relationships that can provide healing.