I have been encouraged by the number of people who have expressed interest in serving through the counseling ministry. We will be hosting our second lay leader training in October to November (specific dates and times below; location Brier Creek North).
In the first two nights this training will equip you to more fully understand and effectively utilize the subject-based seminars. In the final evening it will focus primarily upon equipping existing and potential Freedom Group leaders. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP with Summit’s admin over counseling at firstname.lastname@example.org (please note this is an administrative account; no individual or family counsel is provided through e-mail). Please provide your (1) name, (2) e-mail address, and (3) nights you will be able to attend.
The counseling ministry will present subject-based seminars through the EQUIP series. The first seminar was on “Overcoming Anger” and the second was “Taking the Journey of Grief with Hope.” Each seminar comes with a notebook containing personal evaluation tools, Bible studies, and a guided process to overcome or process the given struggle.
These materials will be the curriculum for Freedom Groups and personal mentors to utilize.
Leader Training Content
Mentoring requires leaders to know more than a subject (i.e., anger or grief). Mentoring also requires an understanding of your role as a mentor, the process/resources being used, and the limits of the mentor role. These subjects are the focus of the leader training.
Night One (Vision): “Eyes” of the Counseling Ministry – (Tuesday October 25, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00) The presentation will cover two subjects. (1) The core values of the counseling ministry: Bible-based, Gospel-centered, differentiating sin and suffering, not one-size-fits-all, embedded within the church, and transitioning into the general small group ministry. Leaders need to understand how these values are embedded throughout the counseling materials. (2) How to avoid a struggle-based identity when using a struggle-specific curriculum.
“Our deepest problem is that we seek to find our identity outside the story of redemption (p. 27)… In fact, the longer we struggle with a problem, the more likely we are to define ourselves by that problem (divorced, addicted, depressed, co-dependent, ADD). We come to believe that our problem is who we are. But while these labels may describe particular ways we struggle as sinners [or sufferers] in a fallen world, they are not our identity! If we allow them to define us, we will live trapped within their boundaries. This is no way for a child of God to live (p. 260)!” Paul Tripp in Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hand
Night Two (Process): “Heart” of the Counseling Ministry – (Tuesday November 1, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:30) The big question on this night is, “How does the Gospel relate to sin and suffering differently?” The struggles of life fit into one of these two categories: sin or suffering. The Gospel speaks to and is powerful to redeem/restore both experiences. But unless we understand the difference, our efforts to help will often come across cliché or simplistic. On this evening we will walk through the two nine step process models that will undergird the seminars that will comprise the mentoring and Freedom Group curriculum. Our goal for each of the nine step processes is that they merely represent “the Gospel in slow motion.”
Night Three (Logistics): “Hands” of Freedom Groups – (Tuesday November 8, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00) This evening will be focused more exclusively upon Freedom Group leaders, although all leaders are welcome to attend to learn more about how the seminars and curriculum can be utilized. We will examine what the journey of Freedom Groups will look like from the visitor’s first day through the meeting schedule and individuals’ responsibilities to the launch of new groups.
If you are interested in participating in the counseling ministry or simply using the Summit counseling resources in your personal ministry, we would encourage you to attend these training events. In order to allow us to prepare the needed number of materials, we ask that you please RSVP with Summit’s admin over counseling at email@example.com (please note this is an administrative account; no individual or family counsel is provided through e-mail). Please provide your (1) name, (2) e-mail address, and (3) nights you will be able to attend.