On April 6,7 Tri-State Bible College in South Point, Ohio hosted a Recovery Coach Training seminar. This was a follow up event related to the one day Addiction Recovery seminar presented by Joe and Cherri Freeman in Proctorville, Ohio February 24th. The host church posted videos of that day on their Facebook page here:
The Recovery Coach Training seminar gave a practical overview of how to apply the Exchanged Life Discipleship Counseling model to helping others find freedom from chemical and behavioral addictions. Grace Fellowship International is prayerfully developing an ongoing track to equip Recovery Coaches for personal and local church-based ministry.
We congratulate chaplain Juan Mendez who just completed his certification as an Exchanged Life Counselor. He testifies,
“The Exchanged Life Certification and Training has a plethora of resources to equip counselors and lay persons to be more confident in approaching the helping profession. It does this in a variety of ways, such as offering visual diagrams, methodologies, pastoral leadership, seminars, insights from God’s Word, testimonies, and useful books that can be incorporated into daily ministry practices . . .
“This model of counseling has been helpful for addiction recovery in many ways, which is my primary use for it . . . Many of the counselees that enter the America’s Keswick residential recovery center were circling around in a spiritual wilderness, and this model helps pinpoint where to engage in the [spiritual] warfare. The [GFI] curriculum has a structured format to walk each counselee from darkness to light, stepping out from the lies into the truth, and eventually claiming their new identity in Christ . . .”
You can email Juan here.
How should we appeal to pastors if they are not teaching the believer’s new identity in Christ?
We can convey is the importance of clarity, emphasis and dignity.
Clarity: We have a relative identity as people, male or female, Americans, etc. But in Intensive Discipleship we clarify the essential identity of the believer…which is based on their regenerated spirit.
Emphasis: The emphasis of the New Testament (especially after Pentecost) is on the believer’s new, positive, unshakeable identity. This is grace-based, therefore it glorifies God.
Dignity: If we wallow in a relative identity based on our behavior, our past or our conditioning, it will erode the sense of dignity that is part of a healthy self image. As we gratefully accept our value and dignity as those created in the image of God, redeemed by the blood of Christ, and indwelt by the Holy Spirit, it motivates us to practical holiness, worship and love for others.
– John Woodward
Danny Niceley has taken the Grace Fellowship Conference and Workshop, and has done some apprenticeship in Pigeon Forge. He is currently working as a librarian at Carson Newman College. In this 6 minute video Danny tells of his athletic achievements, near-fatal accident, and discovery of grace-based acceptance in Christ.
In a sermon posted on February 13, 2018 Pastor Cymbala uses four scriptures as a starting point for this challenging message about experiencing real change in the Christian life (John 8:28-29; Romans 6:5; Romans 8:5; Galatians 2:19-20). The audio message can be heard online or downloaded here: https://www.brooklyntabernacle.org
At North Point in Atlanta, Andy Stanley preached a series that addresses some vital themes related to grace for Christian living and the believer’s new identity. It’s entitled “NU ME” and is available from their download store. North Point includes insights from “NU ME” in their Care Network’s “Re:New” one-on-one mentoring ministry.
Their team has produced an 8 lesson video-assisted small group study that incorporates the essential content used in North Point’s Re:New ministry. It’s titled Renovate. This resource has great potential to guide participants in spiritual renewal.
“For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory” (Col. 3:3,4).