Welcome to Barnabas Ministry
Developing An Effective Encouragement Ministry Through Applied Grace
An equipping program to effectively minister to wounded individuals.
Learning the language of woundedness.
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Barnabas Ministry International
How to effectively come alongside wounded individuals and reach them for help, healing and Christ
Barnabas Ministry is an independent, interdenominational, multi-dimensional, multi-faceted people-helping, educational and discipleship mission that encourages, educates, trains, coaches, counsels, consults and equips individuals, relationships, churches and businesses. As the name implies, it is designed to equip others (leaders, managers, peers, friends, family or church members) to come alongside people experiencing a variety of personal, relational, business and professional needs in a manner that is effective and caring.
Barnabas through the Church is an intensive and extensive training program to equip encouragers and lay counseling for the work of the church and the needs of its people. It also teaches how to reach people who are wounded and needy - or who are experiencing wounding life circumstances - and how to minister effectively to and through the local church community at the primary relational level of its people. It can be conducted through the physical church via formal church property and outreach or via the local neighborhood and/or workplace members of the church body.
Suppose you wanted to reach someone but could not speak their language? Wounded individuals speak and hear their own language. Barnabas Ministry is the translation vehicle and key to reaching a sea of wounded people.
What is a “wounded individual?”
The term is respectfully submitted for all those persons who are silently struggling with life due to varieties of (realized and un-realized) psychological, relational, emotional and/or mental problems (e.g., depression, anxiety etc.); who grew up in dysfunctional situations (e.g., varieties of dysfunctional families); who were harmed mentally, relationally, spiritually and/or physically by others; who self-destructed (e.g., substance abuse); who may be experiencing a difficult time of life or life circumstances (e.g., loss of a loved one); OR some combination of two or more of these areas working in a complex, interactive manner.
These wounded people are often overlooked and
traditional ministry efforts alone may miss the mark of engaging them. They
are usually misunderstood and many times do not understand themselves. They
are silently reaching out with wounded and fearful hearts that too often go
un-noticed. Christ sees them and loves
them and wants to use His people as healing agents in their lives. Won’t you
Pastor to Pastor
Pastor to Pastor
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Please read: INTRO to Study Guide – Part One
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& Chapter 1
The name "Barnabas" comes from the person in the Bible who was widely known and respected as an encourager. Among many others, Barnabas came alongside the apostle, Paul, when he was discouraged and was used by God to help Paul gain acceptance among the other apostles and followers of Christ.
In the same way our goal is to train Christ's people to come alongside weary or wounded individuals and encourage them while helping them to move forward in overcoming obstacles thereby reaching their goals.
The training consists of twelve chapters each of Parts 1 & 2 of : Barnabas Ministry - Developing An Effective Encouragement Ministry Through Applied Grace by Dr. Glenn Zaepfel (HE WINS, SHE WINS) and Mrs. Linda Zaepfel. Dr. and Mrs. Zaepfel work together in a private Christian counseling practice. He (Glenn P. Zaepfel, Ph.D.) is a psychologist and author, and she (Linda C. Zaepfel, APRN, BC, LISW-CP) is a licensed clinical social worker and psychiatric adult nurse practitioner.
COST: NONE - this is a gift to God dedicated to His glory. The only costs that may apply are those associated with the personal use and time of the party/parties implementing the training. The training consists of a Teacher's Guide and Parts 1 & 2 of the study material. It may be used individually or (preferably) in small group settings through the church, in the neighborhood, or at the workplace. ALL course materials are downloadable right here from this site.
Barnabas Ministry is...
an in-depth discipleship ministry of
equipped to encourage, counsel, understand,
and speak a new language of woundedness
which reaches today’s culture within and
without the church.
The church is filled with wounded people
or people experiencing wounding
circumstances whose receptivity to Christ,
His will, and His peoples’ care, Body life, and
encouragement is blocked by those very
wounds - usually without their understanding.
The hope of this ministry is to
awaken and illumine a call to a
dynamic ministry of encouragement:
individuals ministering to individuals
(within and without the church)
with biblical directives and spiritual and
psychological accouterments to assist in
reaching and impacting a numbed,
dysfunctional, and hurting Christian culture
and a dying, sin-stained world.
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