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Life Builder Training is a four part series of courses to equip Christian men and women to deliver Christ-like pastoral care that is relevant to the people who are already "within arm's reach." Each course is delivered in 2-1/2  hour classes on a weeknight  for four weeks in a row. To keep informed of our class schedule signup for our newsletter, or email us at

Connecting that Cares

Course Description: Understand other people so you can show them how to improve their lives. You can have high levels of influence and persuasion with other people only when you have the skills of high-quality communication--the process that regulates everything you in relationship with other people. Isn't that almost everything that's imp[ortant, period?


This course will help you learn skills of active listening, gaining and sharing empathy, giving information and direct help, and being assertive. It shows you how to connect meaningfully with other persons no matter how different their life experiences may be from yours. With a bond of rapport and insight into their motivations, you can build strong personal friendships, become more effective in administrative or other workplace relationships, or be useful as a life skills mentor or as a guide in the resolution of personal distress.



God's call to be in community

Lifestyle options: inactive, reactive, proactive

Communication and its barriers: the Verbal Villains

How relationships are built

Remembering names; door openers and closers

Triage: How to decide what to do first

Communication skills



Attending skills

Responding to anger or to inappropriate communication

Giving and receiving compliments 


Activities for Practical Learning

This is a course to build skills. Teaching methods include reading, listening to audio demonstrations and interactive PowerPoint exercises that are part of the text, reporting your use of skills in "your real world," and receiving coaching based on those reports.


Textbook for students on the Certification Track

Hand to Hand: Connecting with People

Avoiding and Resolving
Life's Common Confusions

Course Description: How to understand mistaken thinking that creates problems and the mistaken worldviews they come from.  (A worldview is a set of beliefs about the nature of the world and one's place within it.  It guides everything a person does).  After learning how the traditional Christian worldview compares with the central elements of seven other common worldviews, you can more fully and successfully understand and care for people whose worldviews differ from yours.  This is rewarding because Christianity is about relationships and the church is fully alive only when, in the spirit of Christ, it finds and cares for those who are unable or unwilling to reach toward it.  The course also examines how distorted theological beliefs create emotional distress. These "dogmagenic disorders" mimic problems that arise from psychological dysfuntion but that are resistant to psychological treatment.  A spiritual problem is not resolved by a psychological methiod.



Ten worldview blunders

       How each blunder is rooted in a mistaken worldview

       A comparison of mistaken worldviews and Christianity

Epistemology: How to separate truth from error

Dogmagenic disorders (problems rooted in doctrinal errors)

       How off-center beliefs take people off the road of life

       Remedies for common dogmagenic disorders

Action plans for personal growth, intimacy with God, and growing in community


Activities and Peractical Learning

This course is about damage from mistaken beliefs.  Students who are using skills of earlier courses will see these harmful effects and can lead people to amazing life chamges and healing when destructive beliefs are replaced by God's truth and power.


Textbooks for students on the Certification Track

The OddSquad Blunders: Worldview Errors That Will Blow Up Your Life

Off Center, Off Course: When Good Doctrine Goes Bad

Transformation 6:10

Course Description: You know that each person in the world is different, yet you realize that people are more alike than different. This course discusses why, showing how personalities develop and where problems come from.


The course will help you learn a system of counseling based upon biblical principles. This will help you comprehend your own motivations and actions and provide the foundation upon which you can learn and use coaching strategies to help other people become more like Christ. You can learn how to apply biblical principles to help others resolve ordinary cognitive and emotional conflicts or habits that lower their quality of life.

It does not prepare you to engage in mental health counseling, licensed or otherwise.



Essential elements in the equipping of a Life Builder

The quest for harmony: A theory of personality

How quests are disrupted

A biblically-consistent theory of how life gets messed up

Recognizing conditions that need immediate professional help

Popular theories of behavior change

The Isaiah 6:10 Transformation Track

Practical methodologies

Support and guidance into effective living

The Diagnostic Diamond

Resolution of guilt and shame

Receiving and accepting forgiveness; how to forgive others

Ethical issues; Referral


Activities for Practical Learning

This course offers Christian explanations of human nature and the origin of distress, and describes transforming power available by God's mercy and the work of Christ.  It guides students into use of what has been learned in Hand to Hand, with coaching on building transformative relationships in "the real world" of another person.


Textbook for students on the Certification Track  

Heaven to Heart: Pathways to God's Transforming Power

Confident Caring in Late Life Ministries

Course Description: Feel secure when you respond to people in grief; find joy in visiting the ill or those confined at home or in a care facility; be confident when you talk with people who are near death or face a long-tem incurable condition. The number of elderly in our society is growing rapidly. With that comes an even larger number of spouses and children who are affected by  circumstances occuring in the aging person. This course describes changes that typically take place during aging and offers practical information and strategies for effective visitation, worship, and evangelism with the elderly.


Grief and loss, which arise from a multitude of life experiences-- aging, job change, retirement, or death of a loved one--create the need for pastoral care.  The spiritual and physical phenomena of death and dying are examined so that you learn how to provide meaningful comfort and support in ways consistent with the spirit of Christ.  The course will also help you understand your own responses to loss, grief, and death so that those experiences support, rather than interfere with, your caring for others. Materials for visitation and evangelism to residents in long-term care are provided at no charge with the course.



Biblical principles and prevalent Christian traditions relevant to           late life

Typical physical, psychological, and spiritual adjustments during


Spiritual adjustments and developments in later life

How to respond effectively to persons who are grieving , have

    terminal illness, or are near death

Spiritual care of persons with special conditions (are hospitalized,

    live in a long-term care center, have dementia)

Death and dying


Activities and Practical Learning

Demonstrations on DVD

Application of the topics in "your real world," with coaching



Textbooks for students on the Certification Track

Remembering the Life of Jesus (multi-sensory Bible study)

Growing Golden: Successful Aging and Elder Care

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