I thought maybe for this month’s blog it would be kinda cool to give you an inside scoop as to all that’s going on with my life and ministry. I’ll list the spinning plates in no particular order.
Abide Counseling is growing steady, having just hit its 11-year anniversary. Abide’s main offering is teletherapy– counseling and coaching via phone, Skype, and other technology. Because we have this unique offering, we can serve anyone in the world with our unique brand of biblically-grounded, Adventist-affirming, wholistic, professional, skilled, compassionate counseling and coaching. We have eight counselors and 11 coaches listed on our website and a steady stream of referrals coming in. If you know someone or are someone who needs help with mental health issues, consider going to www.abidecounseling.com and filling out the intake form. Counseling fees range from $50-$80 per 50-minute session; coaching is usually about $25 per session. Abide offers free telephone support groups—the details are listed on the website—and both volunteers that run the groups are really fantastic.
I have been training mental health coaches for the last several years through the Abide Helper Training. This is a weekend intensive experience in which attendees learn how to become mental health coaches. We have an Abide Helper Training this weekend at Abiding Place Farm in Orlando, Florida. Let me know if you want to be notified when the next is scheduled.
Abide Counseling has also spawned the abuse prevention and response ministry The Bucket Brigade which led to the development of Project Safe Church in partnership with the Lake Union of Seventh-day Adventists. PSC is a program designed to implement the abuse policy of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.
I’m still traveling and speaking often. My upcoming 2019 gigs are: Indiana and Wisconsin Campmeetings, Soquel Campmeeting, Oklahoma Campmeeting, Portland, Oregon, Camp Kulaqua, Mattheson School in Norway, Andrews University for a Jesus and Politics conference, and Bonnerdale, Arkansas. Here’s my calendar for dates.
I’m in a fulltime doctoral program in community counseling with a concentration in traumatology through Liberty University. I thought I was a brilliant student until this semester’s statistics class, which has me doubting my basic intelligence and whether I’m suffering severe cognitive decline. I should graduate someday, though, and you’ll be able to call me “Doctor Jill,” which rhymes with “Doctor Phil.”
Believe it or not, I still sing. Mostly I give concerts to the four walls of my room, but . . . I’m working on an album. Because the world isn’t exactly begging for my next release, the project tends to take a back seat, but it will get done some day. Other up and coming releases are:
-The book 13 Weeks to Joy, a sequel to 13 Weeks to Peace and 13 Weeks to Love. (I mean, if you got peace and love, you gotta have joy, right?)
-I also have an Anxiety and Depression Relief DVD workshop in the pipeline—and I hope to start a telephone anxiety and depression therapy group based on those materials.
–Project Safe Church– a book co-authored with Sarah McDugal and Nicole Parker based on our Project Safe Church training should be out soon. The book will coach those who want to become defenders of the abused.
I just know I’m forgetting something, but oh well. Must be the cognitive decline. The most important thing is that I remember that all these activities don’t amount to a hill of beans if they’re not laced through and through with the Spirit of love. If I have not love, I am nothing. I take those words seriously, do you?