For several years pastors, youth pastors, missionaries, and many others in leadership positions among the church have been discussing the growing need for biblical counselors. There are many among the local body of believers who need help as they navigate their lives from a biblical perspective. Many churches cannot afford a full-time counselor as part of their staff and many people cannot afford a local counseling service. Is there an answer?
Because Dare for More has always had a strong counseling emphasis because of Reba’s training and the need among women, we felt God leading us to seek God’s face for an answer. The result is Ground Zero Training. As a general rule, most people who want to meet with someone on the church staff are struggling with a problem that can be worked through in one of four ways: counseling, coaching, discipleship or mentoring. Mature believers in the church body can be equipped to come alongside their fellow believers and help. This is the model of the New Testament church we see in Scriptures. By equipping the local body, the pastoral staff can get relief from the sheer volume of counseling needs, and the church can work as it should, each member fitly joined together for the purpose of bringing glory to God.
Ground Zero Training is an opportunity for anyone who has a desire to serve the body of Christ through counseling, coaching, discipleship, and mentoring to get equipped for duty. It is great for church staff and church members. The goal of this training is to:
- Train mature believers to engage in counseling, coaching, discipleship and mentoring.
- Provide relief for the local church staff who are overloaded in these areas.
- Supply support, help, and biblical guidance to the many who are hurting and in need of answers.
- Advance the skill set of those who are already working with people in this capacity.
- Furnish a biblical foundation for edification, application, and problem-solving.
In order to cover the needs of both men and women, Dare for More has partnered with Jim Phillips and Marty Von.
Jim is the counseling pastor at North Hills Community Church in Greenville, SC. He is a husband, father, and grandfather. He is also an award winning soccer coach with several national championships and coach of the year titles. You are going to love his wisdom and practical application of Scripture to life.
Marty is the founder and director of ChurchCare Ministries. He has spent over 35 years in the field of counseling. He served as the Vice President for discipleship ministries and as campus pastor at Northland International University. There he taught numerous counseling and psychology courses and helped many churches organize counseling ministries. Marty has a passion for helping the local church.