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Responding to the forums has been part of our curriculum from the beginning, though I have not pressed this matter in the past, other than informing the students what they should be doing. Because of some student’s inhibition about jumping into this kind of “supervised training,” historically, I have been the primary person responding on the forums.
Because of where we are with the ministry, I can no longer carry the load of the forums, which was part of what came out of our most recent consultation. In this podcast, I’m going to address why I am cutting back on counseling, and the essential need for our students to step up and make this training aspect a vital part of their Mastermind Program.
If we keep the private and public forums, they will have to work this way:
If these actions are enough to take care of all the forum postings, we will keep it this way, but if we still are not covering the forum postings in a prompt manner, we’ll have to address those concerns at that time.
By releasing me from doing the bulk of the work on the forums, I can focus more on the actual training of the student, which can happen in two ways. (1) I can interact with the students on the Mastermind forums about their posts. The Mastermind forums are a private space where the students hang out. (2) I can work with the students privately during our monthly meetings. I meet with each student privately once a month, if they have done any work for that month.
Our Mastermind Program is a transformative means of grace that not only impacts those that the student helps, but it transforms the students. One of the reasons for this is the practicum aspect. Theoretical case studies, which we have, are functional but not the best approach for real-world discipleship.
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Rick Thomas leads a training network for Christians to assist them in becoming more effective soul care providers. RickThomas.Net reaches people around the world through consulting, training, podcasting, writing, counseling, and speaking.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology, and in 1991 he received a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).