(Based on the Exchanged Life Counseling model)
Exchanged Life Conference
Usually a Friday night and Saturday presentation of how to live victoriously in Christ
Recruit and train lay counselors
Although the ministry can begin with the director as the only counselor, there should be a process of facilitating the selection and training of others that are gifted, committed, trained, and approved for the counseling ministry.
Exchanged Life Workshop
A two and one half day training event for those who know Christ as life and desire equipping for helping others appropriate Christ as their life. It includes teaching, video demonstration, role-playing, practice, and group discussion. Although this is an essential training step for counselors, everyone who attends this event will not necessarily be recruited for the formal church counseling ministry.
Institute in Spirituotherapy
The director and counselors would benefit from this three day advanced training offered twice a year at Pigeon Forge.
Ongoing equipping track for counselors
Guided study courses are available from G.F.I. Distance Education courses are available from a variety of schools (and are in development at G.F.I.).
Basic counseling skills training course
How Can I Help course is used for about 14 hours of class time. Each participant uses a manual. This is a basic course covers counseling skills, approaches to evangelism, helping someone through a crisis, and guiding believer to resolve problems biblically. See http://www.laytraining.com
Assemble counseling resource library
Materials are needed to equip counselors and guide counselees. These resources include books, cassette tapes, videos, and CDs. The topics include Exchanged Life teaching, marriage enrichment, parenting, financial management, career guidance, health issues, etc.
The library is a lending service for counselees. Cost ranges from $1,000-$5000. depending on the church’s budget.