Equipping Soul Care Providers

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Providing Soul Care to the Grieving: Understanding Loss & Suffering

This is a weekend equipping event with the goal of providing sound biblical teaching, insights on the grieving process, and practical applications for lay members who desire to better minister to other believers. There's also the hope of each student becoming an aid to busy pastors and staff members.

Session 1: An Introduction to Grief and Helps

Session 2: Grief and Loss, The Two Go Hand in Hand

Session 3: A Theology of Suffering

Session 4: Moving Forward

Session 5: Dealing with The Question of Suicide

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The Basics of Biblical Counseling

This ten-session training provides believers with both an understanding of the history and practice of biblical counseling within the local church. As with all Christ-Centered Solutions events, one of our main goals is to help pastors equip their congregations to serve one another better. This particular training lays a solid foundation a church can build a soul care ministry upon.

Session 1: The What, Why, and History of Biblical Counseling

Session 2: Core Beliefs and The Theology of Biblical Counseling

Session 3: Biblical Counseling Case Study & Discussion Part 1

Session 4: Language In Biblical Counseling

Session 5: Biblical Counseling Case Study & Discussion Part 2

Session 6: A Right Way of Thinking

Session 7: Biblical Counseling Case Study & Discussion Part 3

Session 8: The Ministry & Practice of Biblical Counseling

Session 9: Biblical Counseling Case Study & Discussion Part 4

Session 10: Final Thoughts & Moving Ahead

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I Still Do - The Seasons of Marriage

In every culture, and throughout time, couples have found themselves struggling and searching to find a sense of peace and happiness with their spouse. Many will say they never would have considered or wanted a divorce, yet they can't seem to find any other solution except to walk away from the covenant relationship they entered into just a few years before. I Still Do - The Seasons of Marriage is intended to help struggling couples stay together, even when they don't "feel" like staying together.

I Still Do - The Seasons of Marriage rest upon biblical principles, and the structure built upon that foundation is based partly on The 4-Seasons of Marriage by Dr. Gary Chapman and Marriage and Family From a Biblical Worldview by Dr. Rod West. each couple will have the opportunity to evaluate which marital season they are presently experiencing, and instruction will be provided on ways of working their way out of a Fall or Winter season. For those in the Spring or Summer season then we say amen! We'll address different strategies and discuss ways on how to stay in those pleasant seasons for as long as possible.

Session Outline of I Still Do - The Seasons of Marriage

Friday Evening Sessions

  • Session 1 “Introduction and Identifying Your Season”
  • Session 2 “Five Essentials of Every Marriage”

Saturday Morning Sessions

  • Session 3 “Overcoming the Coldness of Winter”
  • Session 4 “Remembering the Newness of Spring”

Saturday Afternoon/Evening Sessions

  • Session 5 “Enjoying the Dreamy Summer”
  • Session 6 “The Beauty & Hurts of Fall”
  • Session 7 “Let’s Talk Love and How to Keep It"
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Premarital Counseling Done The Biblical Way

Pastors, would you like to equip your staff or specific members of your congregation to carry out premarital counseling in your church? You might even be interested in honing your skills and learning from Dr. West's 30+ years of experience in the area of premarital counseling.

Dr. West takes seriously the responsibility pastors have in helping couples begin their new life together on a biblical foundation. He will take you through his ten-week premarital process, teaching you about the tools he uses, homework assignments, and what to look for in each session with the premarital couple.

The Premarital Counseling Done The Biblical Way weekend conference consists of 10 interactive sessions. Dr. West is also available to provide support and answer questions after the training for those who are actively carrying out premarital counseling of mentoring in their church.

Session 1: Introduction to the premarital counseling process and what to expect.

Session 2: Communication: learning how to listen and how to speak for greater intimacy.

Session 3: Understanding and appreciating personality differences.

Session 4: Family history matters.

Session 5: Dealing with conflicts in the marriage, and the practice of forgiveness.

Session 7: Building spiritual intimacy through the practice of God's Word.

Session 8: Let's talk about money - work, budgets, children, and fun.

Session 9: Psst, what does the Bible say about ...sex?

Session 10: Promises made, promises kept.

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Learning to Think Like Jesus and The Biblical Counselor

What makes biblical counseling biblical? The answer is that any pastor or Christian who properly uses the Scriptures to minister to another believer in need of soul care is performing an act of biblical counseling. And those who are practicing soul care (biblical counseling) need to have a correct hermeneutic, i.e., view of the Scriptures and how to accurately apply them in various situations other believers may find themselves in at any given time.

Learning to Think Like Jesus and The Biblical Counselor is a one-day training that helps to equip believers for the task of carrying soul care for their brothers and sisters in Christ.

Questions Discussed:

  • What is a Biblical worldview and why is it important for a Christian to understand?
  • What are the seven Worldviews standing in opposition to Christianity?
  • What are the six developmental steps a believer needs to take in order to think like Jesus?
  • For the Soul Care practitioner, is the Bible really sufficient in meeting the needs of the hurting and confused?
  • Is spiritual warfare real, and does the way we think play a part?
  • Science vs supernatural, do they really oppose each other?
  • What are the three things every believer and soul care provider needs in order to think biblically?
  • Does your church practice a biblical worldview? Seven traits of churches that do.