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Instructor: Dr. Andrew H. Selle (assisted by Mrs. Dawna S. Selle)
Time: Course POSTPONED

Place: Riga, Akas str. 13, 18:00-21:00.
(In English, with simultaneous translation in Latvian)

Course description

God calls the church to minister his Word to both the church and the world, and church leaders must encourage and train the whole church for this task. This work of the gospel takes place publicly by ordained preachers, but also “house to house” (Acts 20:20; 1 Thes 5:14). We call this private ministry of the Word “counseling.” It is a Scripture-based ministry to “sufferers, sinners, and saints.” Christians are all three at the same time, and that means we need comfort, direction, and a clear understanding of our true identity. Today’s church needs counselors who deeply know God’s grace, whose own lives are being transformed by the Word, and who can therefore wisely and lovingly apply the Scriptures to others. This course will give an overview of some key biblical principles for Christian counseling, and we hope that class participants will learn them and personally apply them.

INSTRUCTORS

Andrew: Director of Christian Counseling & Mediation, a ministry based in New England in the USA. Ordained (1984) as a pastor in an evangelical Presbyterian church. Membership in the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. D.Min. (1985) & M.Div. (1979) Westminster Theological Seminary, A.B. Oberlin College (1973).

Dawna: Counselor, educator, and musician. Certificate with Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. B.A. Mus. Ed. (1977) Temple University.

Andrew and Dawna are both Certified Christian Conciliators® with the Institute for Christian Conciliation and serve together in marriage counseling, conflict resolution, and teaching.

TOPICS TO BE COVERED

1. Course Introduction, Goals, and Methodology

A. Theological Foundation: Counseling and our Identity; Counseling and a Christian Worldview; Counseling and Sanctification
B. Explanation of Course Requirements and the Self-Counseling Project

2. Change through Counseling

A. Change on Every Level: Making Sense of the Data of Life
B. Change from the Heart: Idols vs. the Living God
C. Change in Life’s Storms: Climate, Fruit, and Root

3. Specific Issues in Counseling

A. Overcoming Anger and Bitterness
B. Overcoming Fear and Worry
C. Other Issues (The instructor may address other issues of special interest to class participants)

4. Peacemaking in Marriage and Family [Saturday seminar]

A. A Biblical Roadmap in Conflict
B. Resolving Conflict Biblically: 1. Marriage 2. Children

5. United Decision-Making in the Church

A. Unique Features and Practical Tools
B. Course Conclusion

COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS:

1. Attendance at all classes – lectures and discussions (unless valid reason for absence).

2. Required readings

2.1. Journal and internet articles (~100 pages),
2.2. One of the following two books (only for students of Pastoral program):

a) Paul David Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change;
OR
b) Ken Sande, The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict.

3) “Open-book” exam on the reading material.

4) Personal reflection paper (6-10 pages) applying the material to your own Christian growth.

ABOUT THE CLASSES:

Auditors welcome. Participation fee is 14 EUR (includes materials and coffee breaks).
Signing up for the course and additional information : Janis Perkons, phone +371 26356030, janis@brts.edu.lv

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