Number of weeks: 2
CEUs available: 1.0
Required books?: No
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
Use your spiritual gifts to help others! As Christians, “we follow Jesus and do what Jesus did — love, serve, reach, teach, pray.” This course is designed to help both laity and clergy develop their skills in caring ministry and will help Christians minister to one another. It introduces basic counseling and guidance skills and examines the counseling techniques used by Jesus. We’ll practice modelling the use of these practices when ministering to premarital couples, married couples, divorced couples, families, depressed and suicidal persons, sick, dying and bereaved persons.
If your church has or would like to start a lay caring ministry, this course is an excellent way to train volunteers. It will also help clergy brush up on their pastoral care skills. Of course, this course is not meant to replace professional counseling, and you may still need to refer individuals to a professional therapist for additional help.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Shirley Connally is a retired teacher/counselor/ minister with a B.A. (English/French) from Texas Southern University, an M.Ed. (Counseling & Guidance) from Texas Southern University, M.Div. (Theology) from Houston Graduate School of Theology, and additional studies on a Doctor of Ministry degree. She retired from public education with 36 years combined experience as an English teacher and secondary school counselor in the Houston Independent School District and Los Angeles Unified School District. Shirley also taught freshman English on the collegiate level for several years. Additionally, she served as an adjunct professor at the Charles Harrison Mason Bible College and operated a private practice counseling service (LPC) for several years.
Shirley was ordained after completing seminary while serving in ministry with three Baptist pastors and went on to serve as associate and senior pastor in the United Methodist Church. Even though most of her training and service has been in the United Methodist Church, her childhood years were equally divided between three denominations (Methodist, Baptist and Catholic).
She is the mother of one daughter in business and one granddaughter majoring in marketing/fashion design in college. She loves teaching Disciple Bible Studies at her church and serving wherever needed, tutoring school age children, helping individuals and families, reading and watching her #1 sports teams (Texans, Rockets and Astros).
Past Students Said…
“I learned to be a better listener rather than a giver of advice. Let the professionals give the advice. Be a listener and a shoulder to cry on.”
“Shirley was always there for help when I couldn’t figure out how to do things at the beginning. She also gave feedback for everything I wrote. That was encouraging and helpful.”