The God of the Child: Encouraging Children’s Spiritual Development During Times of Trauma


  • Esther Zimmerman Lancaster Bible College and Capital Seminary, United States



children, spirituality, trauma, pastoral care, leadership, ministry leaders


Children are born as spiritual beings, created for relationship with God.  However, their spiritual development is shaped by many factors — including their experience of trauma.  Sadly, since ancient times, many children have experienced significant trauma and the Bible deals with this topic openly and honestly. This article presents an overview of how trauma may impact children’s overall development and especially their spiritual development. While many of these impacts may be negative, the Bible also offers significant hope for children growing up in the midst of trauma. This article will also suggest practical ways that Christian parents and ministry leaders can seek to join children on the spiritual journey during times of trauma.


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How to Cite

Zimmerman, Esther. 2023. “The God of the Child: Encouraging Children’s Spiritual Development During Times of Trauma”. Theological Reflections: Eastern European Journal of Theology 21 (2):74-90.