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Counseling seminar keys on building a whole church model for helping

Counseling seminar keys on building a whole church model for helping

A church-wide model for ministering to the hurting is the focus of a weekend seminar hosted by BBC's graduate counseling program. The November 16-17 sessions features speaker Pastor Phil Jones of First Baptist Church in Powell, TN, who has seen the value of ministering to the needs of the local body of believers.

"A Whole Church Model for Ministering to the Hurting" examines ways to better help those in need while also equipping members for direct ministry to the hurting. Life for today's families is complex, and the threats to godly living have multiplied in recent years. For those who turn to the church for help and answers, the past model of a pastor as the go-to person for all needs -- emotional, relational and spiritual -- is no longer adequate.

The sessions are Friday night from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $99 and includes materials, refreshments, and pizza on Friday night. The seminar can also be taken as a one-hour credit graduate course, with regular graduate tuition applying.

To register or learn more, call the Registrar's Office at 570.585.9216 or swilson@bbc.edu


Huge Need, Powerful Training
For churches to adequately minister to those who are hurting, there needs to be a consistent message that permeates all ministries. From how new members are received and messages from the pulpit to small group teaching and crisis intervention, this message must drive all the church does. This multifaceted strategy for addressing needs within the church at various levels in a seamless way provides a consistency dedicated to glorifying God through the thorough application of the cross for salvation and sanctification.

Whether it is training lay counselors for crisis situations or small group teaching, church members can play a more vital role when they're better equipped for assistance. These sessions provide godly and practical wisdom on how church members can help minister in a unified model, to the body of Christ.

"Speaking from the perspective of one who has implemented these ministries, Dr. Jones is a credible witness to the value, impact, and workability of this approach within the local church," said Dr. Cary Lantz, Director of the BBC graduate counseling program.

"He speaks the practical language of pastors in churches large or small, translating ideas into application. Those attending will take home practical and encouragement on how the Good News can be woven into a unified model for helping the hurting."


Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers an outstanding Christian education through on-campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students go beyond the ordinary, serving with excellence as they gain critical leadership and life skills.

To learn more, go to www.bbc.edu or call 570.586.2400.

Posted on: 11/5/2012 7:41:36 AM

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