“So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased

with his own blood—over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as leaders." - Acts 20:28, NLT

Who: This workshop is intended for church leaders/staff, ministry organizations, biblical counselors, or any church or community members who wish to gain more knowledge and understanding on domestic abuse and how to respond in ways that improve safety, outcomes, and accountability. (Due to the nature of this training, no minors are allowed)

Timeframe: This is a 6–7-hour workshop, depending on if I am able to bring along domestic abuse survivors to share their testimonies.

Schedule Itinerary:

  • 9:00 - 9:15 Introduction
  • 9:15 - 10:30 Session 1: Dynamics and Impacts of Domestic Abuse
  • 10:30 - 10:45 Break
  • 10:45 - 12:00 Session 2: Testimonies from Domestic Abuse Survivors
  • 12:00 - 12:45 Lunch 
  • 12:45 - 2:00 Session 3: A Theological Framework of Abuse
  • 2:00 - 2:15 Break
  • 2:15 - 3:30 Session 4: Practical Church-Based Responses to improve safety, outcomes, and accountability.
  • 3:30 - 4:00 Q&A

Cost: If each attendee is paying for themselves the cost is $25/per person or if the church/organization wants to cover the cost I ask for a minimum $300 donation to cover my time (including driving time). These fees do not cover the cost of lunch. You can charge more than $25 to offset the cost of lunch, ask attendees to give a donation, or cover this expense out of the church/organization funds.

Presenter: Andrea Woodward has served as a pastoral counselor in Longview, WA since 2017. Her master's program included advanced certification in crisis and abuse counseling, and since then, she’s received an additional 135+ hours of faith-based training in the area of domestic abuse/covert control. She's been privileged to journey alongside countless women who’ve faced the evils of domestic abuse, and along the way, has come to understand the significant role faith communities play in shepherding and safeguarding their flock. Therefore, Andrea is passionate about partnering with the local church to offer support, collaboration, and education so they can respond well to issues of domestic abuse in their congregations.