Forgiven and Fighting for Life: Ministry to the Post-Abortive
The year 2013 marks the fortieth anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion in the United States. Data shows that dealing with post-abortion issues has become a silent epidemic in the Church across denominations and traditions. While it predictably affects women, it also affects their male partners, as well as those who would have been grandparents, and others. How can we minister to those who have been affected by the trauma of abortion? What are the long-term dynamics of this decision? How does our viewpoint concerning other life issues like suicide and euthanasia influence the abortion issue? Join 2011 1st Place National Amy Awards Winning Writer Christina Ryan Claypool (M.A. Ministry, Mount Vernon Nazarene University), author of Forgiven: Finding Peace in the Aftermath of Abortion, as she examines this topic and gives practical suggestions for a faithful response.
Detailed description of sessions:
Session I: Forgiven: Overview of traumatic end-of-life issues and their impact on family and community. Abortion, suicide, and euthanasia are making themselves known inside our Christian congregations. Ms. Claypool will discuss the dynamics of these issues with a focus on how this type of trauma affects those to whom we minister. There will be time to discuss experiences as well as the sharing of best practices for dealing with this from the perspective of faith.
Session II: Helping Broken People: Practical suggestions on ministering to people in emotional pain; not only the post-abortive, but also those with mental health issues, broken relationships, addiction struggles, etc. This session is designed to focus on knowing when and who to turn to for help in this type of ministry to prevent personal burn-out and to more effectively meet the needs of congregants.
Christina Ryan Claypool is a seasoned author and speaker regarding the pathway of healing for those who have been victimized: victims of sexual, verbal and physical abuse; addiction; mental illness; and post-abortive women and men.
In April 2007, Christina was featured on Joyce Meyer Ministries' Enjoying Everyday Life program. She also appeared in the Emmy nominated documentary, “Before You Say Good-Bye.” The documentary, which focuses on the myths about suicide, has been telecast nationally and internationally into millions of homes. Her book, Forgiven Finding Peace in the Aftermath of Abortion, is a tool to be used to heal post-abortive women and men, and to prevent others from making this tragic choice. Forgiven has been endorsed by Dr. John Willke and includes forewords by former Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell and Dr. Mark Bubeck.
Her latest book, Seeds of Hope for Survivors: For everyone who has ever been brokenhearted, addicted, or a victim, was released in the spring of 2007. It has been endorsed by Ginger Stache, who is an Emmy-award winning Christian television producer, and by David Voth, an executive director for Crime Victim Services.
With almost two decades of experience in media, including years as a Christian television producer and reporter, she has interviewed many Christian celebrities. Personally, she has had the opportunity to be featured nationally on CBN's 700 Club in 2005 and 2006, along with hosting and producing local TV specials for WTLW, Lima and in Michigan. Frequently, Christina writes inspirational columns for Generations Magazines, and also does an assortment of freelance newspaper columns. She has spoken at churches, prisons, women’s meetings, and in a Haitian revival. She has also hosted TV broadcasts, and emceed at fairs and banquets.
Ms. Claypool is a 1982 graduate of Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio, and a graduate of the International School of Biblical Counseling in Indianapolis. In 2005 she completed a graduate degree in the Master of Ministry program at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University. In 2010, Christina served as an adjunct instructor in the MVNU Communications Department.