This workshop is offered help lay and professional counselors, local pastors, and other church and ministry leaders who serve those affected by the current sexual epidemic.
At the risk of being dramatic, we are in the middle of a sexual epidemic in our country. Child pornography generates billions of dollars annually and the porn industry as a whole generates even more revenue. Same sex attraction and bisexual behavior is being promoted more and more in the media. Over 50% of American families say pornography is a problem in their home; 50% of men and 17% (or more) of women grapple with addiction to pornography, online chat sites, graphic novels, etc. The statistics in Christian homes appear to be no different. People need help and those willing to come alongside need models of understanding and treatment that are Biblically based and more developed, adaptive and “mature.”
The workshop has 3 basic components:
- A model for understanding the development of sexual deviation (of sexual identity and behavior)
- A model for understanding and addressing sexual addiction
- Various techniques and tools to use in counseling those with sexual issues.
A few cases will be presented and there will be time for questions at the end.
Dr. Bill Clark leads this workshop and bases much of the content on a graduate class he teaches, “Assessing and treating sexual problems” at Philadelphia Biblical University. He is joined by others, including sex therapists to lead this workshop.
"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."