Hope is not in a job, personal accomplishments, the right house, excellent health, or substantial wealth. Hope comes from the Lord, and its purpose is to give everyone an internal source of strength no matter what they are facing. Psalm 25:3 states, No one whose hope is in You will be put to shame.” This course is designed to equip and train people how to become providers of biblical hope for others facing very difficult circumstances.
This course is designed to equip and train people how to become providers of biblical hope for others facing very difficult circumstances. Coaches will learn how to help people live life with an eternal perspective, regardless of the challenges and trials they face in their lives on a daily basis.
MLCH 101: Introduction to Hope Coaching
Professional Christian Coaches, Dwight Bain and Georgia Shaffer, introduce key principles for offering hope to people facing difficult times. From “learning to hope” and “sources of hope” to “patterns of hope” and “activities of hope,” this session offers practical knowledge and tools for potential coaches.
MLCH 102: The Power of Perspective: Always Living in View of Eternity
Biblical hope is not “wishful thinking” or good emotional feeling. Many times painful circumstances cannot be changed and biblical hope is surgically packaged in the life-changing power of an eternal perspective. Pastor and Counselor, Kenneth Nichols, teaches how God’s Word influences perspective, perspective influences response, and response influences outcome—100% of the time—whether circumstances change or not.
MLCH 103: Understanding Our Differences: Personalities and Coping
Understanding how different personalities confront and cope with difficult situations is extremely helpful when communications can be strained under the overwhelming weight of challenges. Issues such as helping our children and the topic of forgiveness will be addressed (i.e. when our loved ones ‘pull away’ or aren’t ‘there for us.’)
MLCH 104: Grieving the Loss of the Way Things Were
Grief is a part of life and learning to grieve is learning to live. Grief expert, Norm Wright, takes coaches through helping people identify their losses and grieve them effectively. This session discusses how to grow through the changes we did not choose.
MLCH 105: Creating Intimacy with God and Other Through Difficult Times
Life is difficult—how can we prevent the even greater tragedy of suffering alone? In the midst of troubles, how can we “hold onto” God and to other people and maybe even create a deeper level of intimacy? Cancer survivor, Beth Brokaw, discusses this journey and how to have greater intimacy with God and others in the midst of suffering and sadness.
MLCH 106: Good Days, Bad Days, and Better Days
After we accept (on some level) the painful circumstances in our life, how do we adjust (physically, emotionally and spiritually) to this time of transition not knowing what the future holds? Cancer survivor, Dr. Gary Oliver, helps show you how to coach people through their “bad days” and help them “redefine normal” in this desert experience.
MLCH 107: Taking Care of Business
How do I make all these decisions when my head is still spinning and I’m emotionally drained? When a crisis hits your life, how do you deal with all the information and the choices you have to make? Cancer survivor, Georgia Shaffer, walks you through the process of making those tough decisions without getting overwhelmed. Choosing your team (medical & other), treatments, managing the information, legal issues (durable power of attorney, wills, living wills) and more are discussed.
MLCH 108: The Power of Encouragement: a Key to Hope Coaching
Taking the biblical character of Barnabas as an example, this session looks at keys to being an encourager and the power of encouragement in coaching others through difficult and challenging times.
MLCH 109: Living With Uncertainty
How do you help people live with a future that is uncertain? Dr. Larry Crabb and his wife, Rachel, tell their personal story of their ongoing journey with Larry’s cancer and how to live abundantly with God even in the midst of uncertainty about what the future holds.
MLCH 110: Caregivers Caring for Themselves: Preventing Compassion Fatigue
Caregiving can take a huge toll on individuals and families. Psychologist and marriage and family expert, Norm Wright, discusses topics such as the importance of cultivating a caring relationship for yourself, preventing burnout by maintaining realistic expectations, and taking time to renew your depleted resources.
MLCH 111: A Theology of Suffering and Hope: Bringing Balance
Bible scholar, Ron Hawkins, discusses the importance of Hope Coaches having a clear and biblically sound theology for suffering and hope. They must answer the tough questions for themselves of why God allows bad things to happen to good people and how a God of love and grace can allow suffering like cancer. He also discusses how to encourage people with a solid theology of hope.
MLCH 112: Celebrating Life
President of the American Association of Christian Counselors, Tim Clinton, sums up the importance of celebrating life and how to coach others through challenging life events with gratitude for life and a celebration of its gifts.
12.0 CE Credits available for IBCC Credential Holders.
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