Do you ever wish you had a map to help you navigate the complex and often confusing worlds of church members? God created us as beautifully complex beings, with souls, minds, bodies and personalities. Sometimes ministers can find themselves in deep waters with others’ issues and no clear map for navigating safely through. This fall, AGAPE is offering a series of four 2-hour training sessions designed to equip ministry leaders with counseling resources to help you better engage your congregation in powerful and transformative ways. Cost per session is $10/person or $25/church (bring as many ministry leaders as you’d like). Sessions will be held at AGAPE's main office. Upcoming Classes Taught by AGAPE Therapists Danny Camp, DMin, LMFT and Tracy Hall, PhD, LMFT Basic Counseling Resources and Knowing When It’s Time to Refer Tuesday, October 2nd from 9-11am Participants will: Be given basic counseling techniques that can be used in pastoral counseling Engage in interactive exercises to practice using the skills Learn how to discern when a person’s needs exceed a church leader's skill set Register here. Dealing with Burnout: Real Self-Care for Ministry Leaders Tuesday, October 16th from 9-11am Participants will: Identify specific reasons that church leaders struggle with effective self-care Learn techniques for short and long-term self-care Examine the difference between true self-care and ineffective temporary fixes Register here. How to Handle Suicidal Members and Other Crisis Situations Tuesday, October 30th from 9-11am Participants will: Discern what constitutes a crisis situation Learn the warning signs of suicidal and homicidal ideation, and what are and are not proper responses Learn how to prepare a proactive plan and resource list for emergency management Register here. Understanding Personalities and Why They Mesh and Clash Tuesday, November 6th from 9-11am Participants will: Look at the broad categories of personalities that occur within a church setting and help participants identify their own personality type Discuss potential personality disorders that can exist within a church and affect ministries Learn specific techniques for interacting with diverse personalities Register here.