Vision and Purpose
The FLDC Training was created in order to help churches handle the growing cry from our people for help in problem-solving.
Many of our members, attendees and guests know that they are stuck in significant personal, marital, parenting or career problems and want help to figure out what is going on and how to begin to take the steps to adequately deal with it. As western mores and social structures continue to erode, our society is failing to train people how to effectively deal with life. Pastors do not have the time to both adequately handle the full load and also lead their congregations. Yet there are usually a number of church members who could be trained to help others work through problems to solutions.
FLDC Training is designed to enable more mature believers (staff or laity) to acquire the skills needed to help church-involved people to identify and begin to solve the problems that they are facing. Candidates for training should already know how to walk intelligently with Christ, have both good people sense and good practical sense, and have a track record for harmonious teamwork in the church.
Taught by people highly committed to the Scriptures but also trained in professional counseling, FLDC Training starts with a strong Scriptural base, uses practical, Scriptural paradigms to unraveling problems, develops skill in asking questions, builds a healthy respect for the autonomy and responsibility of the one seeking help, and coaches trainees in helping others.
The FLDC approach to working with someone is a “mentoring” approach. It is not the same as that used by professional counseling. A “mentor,” trained by FLDC and appointed by their church, acts as a coach not a therapist. Mentors operate within boundaries established by their church. People who might need professional help are referred to professional counselors.
To help churches and ministries around the world develop effective processes and trained personnel to mentor church-involved people in responding from a Biblical viewpoint to issues and problems that they face.
FLDC Core Values
- Put the goals and interests of others above our own. – Philippians 2:3-4; John 13:34-35
- Live an honest, open life before others. – Ephesians 4:25; 1 John 1:7
- Give and receive Scriptural correction. – Hebrews 10:24-25, 3:13
- Clear up relationships. – Matthew 5:23-24
- Participate in the ministry of the local church. – 1 Peter 4:10; Ephesians 4:16
- Support the work of the local church financially. – 1 Corinthians 16:2; Galatians 6:6
- Follow spiritual leadership within Scriptural limits. – Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 5:5-7
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