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I was so impressed with your heart’s desire to equip people for counseling and discipling. I am not able to make the monetary investment at this time to do the Mastermind Course. But could you recommend some resources (here, here, here) I could do on my own to become better equipped to disciple informally? Thank you so much! Your ministry is amazing! We will be donating to you all and spread the word. May God continue to use you mightily. —Tina
In the past, we did not engage the secular demographic as far as partnering with them. We were mostly spectators to the “two cultures.” Some believers do not believe we should engage in cultural matters. I challenge this perspective. Our Christian opportunities sit on top of the culture, regardless of the culture that we call home. Some countries make it harder to evangelize individuals and share the Christian message while others do not.
America has a historical record of freedom of speech, which has been one of the most significant reasons we have had a massive impact on our country and worldwide. If you want this kind of freedom to continue, you must get over any inhibition, disdain, or criticisms of folks who love the country the way you do, though they are not Christians—as best we can know.
These are the people with the loudest voices in the marketplace who communicate the American values that you love. They might not follow our Christ, but they will do more than we can to build, fortify, and maintain an America that will permit us to tell others about Christ.
If we don’t come together over our conservative values, we will sabotage our unique Christian values and the ability that we have to share Christ with the world. We can accomplish much through suffering, but if there is a way to take Christ to the nations without conflict and hardship, it seems prudent that we should do what we can to maintain this privilege.
Because of this cultural crisis, our ministry has shifted how we help folks to live effective lives. We are no longer producing just evergreen content, but we’re blending evergreen and time-dated resources. The best way to explain it is to say, “We’re speaking into current issues with evergreen values.”
We’re teaching Christians how to think about current problems through a biblical lens, and we will continue to speak to our “common to man” problems. Rather than just addressing timeless, Adamic struggles, we’re speaking into culture shifts and dynamics. Here are a few things we’re doing; it’s a non-exhaustive list as we continue to evolve to position ourselves to help the most folks.
These ideas are suggestive only in order to give you ideas of some of the possibilities. Our hope is that the Spirit of God will lead you to think and act in ways that impact our culture, whether or not these suggestions are part of what you do.
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).