One of our particular focuses at Word of Life Institute is the support of pastors. In fact, Dr. Reiner's specific call to the ministry began with a dream from God in which he was called to help pastors. At that time, he did not know that it would be primarily through counseling and the counseling training ministry of Word of Life Institute that this would be accomplished. Dr. Reiner is personally available by phone at 316-729-7997 or by Email at PastorTroy@wolm.org to answer your questions or provide additional assistance either to you or your church.
Every flock of sheep needs a shepherd or they will scatter. As the flock grows it will eventually need a veterinarian (the counselor) to tend the sick sheep, a sheep dog (the Bible-based life coach) to help them find and achieve their calling, and under-shepherds (small group/support group leaders), because one shepherd realistically can only spend personal time with a limited number of sheep.
Another reason to incorporate these roles into the church body is that counseling, life coaching, and support groups provide an excellent means for growing your church. In the Outreach Magazine Pastor Rick Warren stated that Celebrate Recovery groups draw 70% of their members from outside of the church and that 85% of them remain in the church.
Support groups automatically result in some of the members wanting more individualized counseling. Counseling provides an excellent means of leading people to Christ because when they come for help they will find that Christ is the answer that most of them have really been looking for. The need for the counseling ministry continues to grow as our society comes into the church and the post-Christian culture continues to deteriorate around us.
In addition, many people in our society and churches also need direction in their lives. This is the mission of the Life Coach--to help people find their calling and to disciple them in their Christian lives and calling until they achieve it.
As your church grows, we provide quite a number of training and support options. The specifics of each can be found on the links below and an overview of all of them can be found on the Options Page or by using the navigation bar on the top of this page.
1. Pastoral Training--Pastoral Certification, Bachelor's, Master's Degree
2. Support Group Certification--Training for leaders and starting groups
3. Lay Counseling Certification--Training, Certifying, and supervising counselors
4. Life Coach Certification--Training, Certifying, and supervising life coaches
5. Support Group Ministry--Setting up a complete ministry of support groups
6. Lay Counseling Ministry--Setting up a complete ministry of 5 lay counselors
7. Counseling Degrees--Bachelor' and Master's Degree Training
8. Professional Counseling Center--Setting up a professional counseling center
9. Counseling Training Center--Setting up a complete counseling training center
Faith Therapy--Understanding salvation by faith and resolving deeply-rooted problems. This book provides a psychological understanding of the process of salvation by faith and how it actually works, winning the trial of your faith, how to increase faith, how to assess faith, and how to apply it to meet your deepest needs for self-worth, significance, security, and love. It includes models for overcoming the common problems of low self-image, pride, selfish desires, strife, fear, spiritual oppression, lust, and for developing healthy attachment. It is easily taught and applied in churches because it is completely based on the Bible and the process of salvation by faith.
Transformation!--Biblical Models for counseling some of Life's most difficult and complex problems in the church. This book contains many new insights including a comprehensive plan for Christian counseling derived directly from the Bible, in-depth biblical answers for complex psychological problems based on the types and shadows interpretation of biblical stories, models and quick reference guides for counseling 20 of the most difficult problems in the church today including inferiority, abandonment, dysfunctional families, setting boundaries, pursuing prominence, chronic failure, irresponsibility, procrastination, victim mentality, abusiveness, abuse recovery, eating disorders, addictions, homosexuality, bitterness, depression, grief, and suicide.
Revelations That Will Set You Free--An eight step road map for spiritual growth. This book includes a summary of biblical growth models and Old and New Testament revelations of the character of God, a comprehensive explanation of each of the eight steps of spiritual growth found in 2 Peter Chapter 1: Faith, for salvation; Virtue, making Jesus Lord; Knowledge, learning I cannot keep the law; Self-control through grace, Perseverance by knowing who I am in Christ; Godliness allowing Christ to live His life through me, Brotherly Kindness, letting Jesus love His bothers through me: and Love, letting Jesus truly love others through me. It also provides character models from the Bible demonstrating how each step is achieved so you can grow spiritually toward Christian maturity.
Principles for Life--Using biblical principles to resolve problems not directly addressed in the Bible. This book explains 44 of the most important principles in the Bible from a psychological perspective and provides an in-depth method for developing counseling plans using biblical principles for common psychological problems based on Proverbs Chapter 3. This material includes a discussion of 13 classical methods of biblical change, a new model for understanding the human heart called "The Train of Psychological Wholeness," and techniques for applying biblical principles in counseling. It includes counseling plans and methods for treating anxiety, panic attacks, obsessions, compulsions, sexual abuse, domestic violence, marital problems, and Borderline Personality Disorder.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 1 John 4:11