Thousands of lives have been touched by LCI—whether directly through the trainings or a workshop, or indirectly by meeting with an LCI alum. God is using us to help proclaim His story of healing and redemption.
What’s your story? How has The Lay Counselor Institute impacted your life? How did the trainings or workshops help you in your ministry? What has God shown you about yourself and others? How have better navigated relationships by leveraging what you have learned?
“Anyone who receives instruction in the word
must share all good things with his instructor.”
Galatians 6:6 NIV
We are continually praying that God makes a huge splash in your heart through something you learned from The Lay Counselor Institute, and we’d love to hear your story of impact!
I learned much of the LCI model back in the early 90’s in a Sunday school class taught by Bill Clark before the Lay Counselor Institute even existed. The model that I learned transformed the way I looked at my own life as well as the way I saw God. In time, it propelled me to graduate school and a career in counseling. Even armed with a degree in counseling, the truths I learned through LCI are really the bedrock of how I counsel and how I aspire to live.
But, it does not stop here. My pastor and his wife have been trained through LCI and this training colors the way they shepherd at Mid-Atlantic Community Church. Through the church, I lead a LCI consultation group made up of lay counselors from inside and outside my church. Our pastor routinely refers individuals to these lay counselors. It has truly been a ‘gift that keeps on giving.’ I can think of no more worthy organization to support!
LCI was a turning point in my life. I have always had a desire to comfort those as I have been comforted, but I always felt so inadequate in doing so. After attending LCI training, I came away with a deeper sense of who I am in Christ and gained so many valuable insights to give hope to the hurting. Learning what a healing community looks like has been my experience with the LCI ministry.
LCI has provided a framework for understanding life, faith and relationships and the training has added depth and passion to my walk with the Lord. LCI has opened my eyes to the relevancy of Scripture to life’s struggles and given me an approach to counseling that I can wholeheartedly believe in.
Calvert County, MD
As I counsel others, I feel the joy of God’s calling and I get to see Him do His work of changing lives from the inside out.
What I walked away with is that counseling is all about relationships. We get hurt in relationships, and God heals us in relationships.
“The training and ongoing supervision that our lay counselors have received from LCI has been invaluable in shepherding our congregation. While we respect the role that professional counselors play in personal Christian growth, and refer our members to professionals when appropriate, one of our bedrock philosophies at APC is the belief that God equips and gifts the local congregation to minister to one another in significant ways.
Counseling is an important ministry in every church. God has used our lay counselors to help bring about real change in the lives of members in our congregation. It has been deeply encouraging to not only witness true change in the lives of our members, but also to observe the impact in the lives of our lay counselors, as they witness the Holy Spirit using them in the lives of others in ways they could not have imagined. I am a firm and enthusiastic supporter of lay counseling ministry and am thankful that the Lord has placed this rich resource, LCI’s lay counselor training in our backyard. The shepherding ministry at APC is healthier and richer because of it.”
“LCI has helped me better understand the importance of our stories and how God works in amazing ways through those stories–first through my own life and now as I work with others.”
“My church and I are deeply indebted to Dr. Bill Clark and the work of LCI. Hurting people have found hope, marriages have been restored, and leaders have been given tools to help people discover the life Jesus offers to any who follow Him”
“One of the many things I received in LCI was a greater awareness and understanding of how much suffering and struggle takes place in the body of Christ. I was privileged to hear stories of immense wounded-ness from childhood and adult relationships, and how Christ is redeeming each of those stories for His glory.”
“Lay counseling at McLean Presbyterian began as a grass roots effort by several members of the church family. We sent a survey around to the church members and learned that our church was not doing well in attending to the brokenness both of our members and the larger community. As a result, a group was formed to figure out how we could better care for others. We found that the LCI model was the best fit for us. Since we began our Lay Counseling ministry several years ago, the lay counselors have been one piece of the pie in how God is moving MPC to be a care station for the hurt and broken.
We have seen lay counseling begin to change the culture of our church and it began by changing us. We have a better understanding of our own brokenness and the grace God has given each of us. We are able to live more authentically ourselves and in doing, so encourage others to live the same. We have seen God transform and redeem so many lives and situations in sometimes totally unexpected ways. LCI was, and continues to be, a driving force in this change process.”
“LCI was instrumental in my becoming a lay counselor. From the one-day session through the 6 and 10-week follow up trainings, this program equips those seeking to serve in this capacity. LCI stresses the importance of telling our own story and addressing the issues in our lives to better prepare us to “walk beside others” as clients invite us into their stories. With Christ as a model, we learn the LCI methodology, our role as counselors, and the ultimate goal of lay counseling. If anyone is considering lay counseling as a ministry, I highly recommend LCI as a valuable, informative, and potentially life-changing avenue toward serving others.”
Last year was full of transitions for me. Some left me questioning myself, my feelings and my thoughts. Fortunately, I was able to attend the three levels of Lay Counselor Training, beginning with The Glorious Mess Seminar. Though I had lots of previous training in leadership, discipleship and shepherding others, I found the content of the Glorious Mess was different. Ironically, though I attended so that I could improve my ability to help others, I was helped as I learned how I was made in God’s divine image, but also struggled with depravity; how my early experiences contributed to my current perceptions; and how expectations, goals and desires created conflict. More importantly, I learned how to re-train my thoughts and beliefs according to the grace AND truth of Jesus Christ, as I got comfortable in my ongoing story.