ICTG helps congregational leaders become agents of healing, hope and transformation when trauma strikes. The organization works to move the traumatized to being trauma-informed and able to come alongside other victims of trauma. I have been involved with ICTG since its inception, first as a board member and now as an advisor. Rev. Dr. Kate Weibe is thorough, dedicated and passionate about creating communities where healing happens. She is a committed executive director--to be sure--but she does this work because she cares deeply about human flourishing. ICTG serves all kinds of faith communities and partners with other disaster relief agencies. Don't wait until trauma happens to you! You can become a trauma-informed leader today - check out this great organization!
As an educator, I am consistently impressed by how ICTG director Kate Wiebe effectively unpacks the complex processes of the human experience of trauma and restoration to students and general audiences alike. ICTG courageously steps into those very spaces that most of us are afraid to go with astonishing clarity, professionalism and wisdom. No one else is training and caring for community and religious leaders in the ways that ICTG does. ICTG is a hidden gem waiting to be found!
Rev. Dr Kate Wiebe gave three presentations at the Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) lectures in Hesston KS on "When the Unthinkable Happens". And she did not disappoint. As the keynote presenter Rev. Dr. Kate Wiebe, spoke on “Collective Trauma Part 1: Preparing and Responding,” and tackled “Why respond to trauma?”
“We respond to trauma because it is hopeful work, walking alongside people going through trauma expedites restoration and, most importantly, because trauma is never the end of the story,” Wiebe said.
Wiebe’s outlines served as springboards for discussion throughout that evening and into the weekend as audience members were encouraged to share about personal experiences with trauma with those around them.
She also encouraged participants to remember that trauma and healing are like beauty – they are in the eye of the beholder.
“What feels like trauma or healing to one person, may not to another,” Wiebe said. “Everyone experiences trauma and healing in different ways and at different paces.”
What I like about ICTG is that they are pro-active in preparing ministers/churches/communities for when disasters happen so as to shorten the time when people are left in shock and thus lessen the long-term effects of trauma. As we know, the effects of trauma can last a life-time and many times gets passed down inter-generationally. The importance of what ICTG is doing cannot be emphasized enough and they do a thorough job in preparing people for probable disasters.
ICTG offers practical tools for ministry. The nuance of ICTG is that it provides insights, ideas, and innovative methods to address unique and broad cases of trauma. For example, I read their blog on "Congregational Ministry after a House Fire," and this provided specific insights that empower practices of care. They also provide resources for congregational ministers as they may face compassion fatigue, natural disasters, depression, etc. ICTG is an incredibly dynamic non-profit that effectively equips their affiliates, volunteers, and members of the general public with practical tools to respond to trauma and facilitate congregational growth. This is an essential non-profit!
We had such a great experience with ICTC. Erin Jantz was able to connect with college students and speak directly to trauma as it relates to sexual assault. Her message was powerful, clear and a conduit to growth and healing.
Dean of Students
Superb resources for leaders in congregations dealing with trauma related issues. Practical, easy to use tools, helpful guides, great educational information, and excellent support. My experience with ICTG had been nothing but positive and encouraging, even in the midst of difficult circumstances. Highly recommended.
My husband and I have committed this year to giving to this incredible organization on a monthly basis. If you are looking at starting to give to something regularly, or adding to your giving please consider ICTG. They do very real, needed, life giving service, and, it is pretty awesome that my sister started and leads it. So check it out!