Foundation for Counseling Ministry
About the School
The Foundations for Counseling Ministry school will expose you personally to the Biblical processes of healing & restoration of the spirit & soul. It is designed to be a time of deeper personal growth, & to give foundational preparation for future ministry with people. Many have testified to life-changing experiences during this school as they met God in deeper ways.
- Understanding God’s grace and extending it to others
- Biblical foundations of counseling and active listening
- Healing and restoration through relationships
- Family systems
- Divine plumb line teaching and ministry – the power of the Cross
- Identity in Christ and self-awareness
- Gender awareness
- Emotions and renewing of the mind
- Biblical perspective of the human personality
- Role of the Holy Spirit in counseling, intercession and spiritual warfare
*Separate Outreach Cost
Successful completion of a DTS is required in order to attend the FCM
The 12 week lecture phase includes various ways of learning for your own development to equip you for future counseling ministry. This happens through formal lectures, discussions, workshops, small group interaction, personal study, and one to one feedback opportunities. Living together in community with students and staff provides opportunity for application of what has been learned. Biblical counseling skills will be modeled by staff and visiting teachers.
The outreach phase will be 8-12 weeks in length. It is an important time for your knowledge, skills and character growth to be put into practice in a cross-cultural ministry context. You will be challenged to explore ministry opportunities among various groups of people. The outreach will target groups and individuals where serving and meeting their felt needs leads to relationship. Through relationship, opportunities come for sharing truth that leads to spiritual growth. Other purposes for the outreach are to learn to live a renewed lifestyle and to learn to work in a team. You will have time to grow in your cross-cultural understanding and to practice intercession and spiritual warfare. Opportunities will be given to teach and to counsel during this time.
“Everything is all right with you; you are only very wounded” – this was one of the first sentences I heard when I arrived in Liepaja and started my studies in Foundations for Counseling Ministry School. Even though I had been a Christian for 4 years already and spiritually knew a lot about God, yet wounds of the past hindered me from receiving God’s truth to the depths of my heart. I continued to live in guilt, carry the heaviness of sin, and tried to earn God’s love and favour with my works. My worth was often based on my successes or failures; and I had allowed the opinions of other people about me speak louder than God. The school was not only a place to gain new knowledge about God. Finally I understood the roots and causes of why I often felt misunderstood and what were the walls of my heart that did not allow God’s truth to take root in me. Within 3 months I experienced true acceptance and very healing changes that touched each area of my life. Four years have already passed since the school, and I can still see and experience fruit of the healing I received there. We have a God who is compassionate towards us and the only one who can truly heal us and make our hearts whole. A decision to trust His work on “surgery” of my heart was one of the most important decisions in my life!Kristine