Dr. Clarence W. Joyner, Jr. is a Certified Pastoral member of the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling and an International Representative. He has been involved with the SACC and the NCCA since 1988.
Creation Therapy has been an essential part of my life since I took the course in 1988. I could not understand why I was doing some of the things I was doing, why I associated myself with certain people, and why I liked certain colors more than others. I could go on and on about why this and why that, however; I became aware of my answers from taking and teaching Creation Therapy. I finally began to understand why my life as a husband, father, Pastor, and a teacher became more meaningful and spiritually-filled as compared to before I came into the knowledge of Creation Therapy.
On any given Sunday, millions of American individuals become captive audiences in a place of worship, be it large or small, for messages that can change their way of thinking and transform their lives. Since the church is made up of individuals from different households and different parts of the city, the church is considered a community within itself. The church becomes the most recognized, stable institution in the community. The church leaders’ voices are among the most influential voices in the community. It gives one the opportunity to disseminate information of hope and promote wholeness in the mind, body, and spirit for a spiritual perspective. This information is heard by several generations in a family and if applied correctly will make a positive impact on the lives of generations to come.
It appears that the world is hungry for new ways of improving their well-being, how to know God and have a better relationship with Him, and ways to understand themselves. Many individuals don’t understand why they do the things they do, nor understand why they are so quick to be reactive instead of proactive. They don’t know why they want to drive everyone else’s bus and not learn to respect the territories of others.
Creation Therapy is available at Broadway Baptist Church throughout the year in our seminary classes and on Sundays in my sermon deliverance and preparation. I realize that I am preparing and addressing five different types of temperaments every Sunday that God has given us: Melancholy, Choleric, Sanguine, Phlegmatic, and Supine – which God gave as a revelation to the Arnos. Creation Therapy is also available throughout the U.S and some third world countries due to the authors, Dr. Richard and Dr. Phyllis Arno. It gives one an opportunity to learn his or her temperament. This tool will further enable one to learn strengths as well as weaknesses.
Since the church is made up of families from the community, it would be very beneficial for all family members to learn the traits that God gave them from when they were in their mother’s womb. As we come together as one body in Christ, positive changes will take place in the homes, the church, and in the community. Then we will be able to see the crime rate decrease, families talking things out before moving out, and children being more willing to be obedient to whomever is in charge of them instead of trying to take charge themselves.
I have experienced some delightful and inquisitive individuals who wanted to learn more about their temperament. From the pulpit, I talked about Psalm 193: “How wonderful God made us”, and Jeremiah 1:5 “God knew us before He formed us in our mother’s womb.” The members wanted to know more and I encouraged them to take Creation Therapy. As I began to teach members of my congregation, the word began to spread in the community. I met a lot of people who did not understand why they behaved in the manner in which they did.
The Melancholy, if I could sum them up, would be clever and profound. Matthew 5:48 “Be therefore perfect, even as your Father which therefore is in Heaven is perfect.” I learned that most Melancholies want to be perfect and always right in their dealings in the church, home, and their jobs. They can easily accept and talk about their strength that God gave them but find it very difficult to accept and acknowledge their weaknesses.
When addressing the Cholerics, as there have been several assigned to my classes, which I found to be difficult because I am also a Choleric in Control, I was often challenged regarding my points of view. Even in my decision making concerning the church, I had to deal with Cholerics who were not using good judgment according to the word of God. At times we all want to take control of our homes, church, and those in our social environments. I emphasize to Cholerics in my congregation that making good choices according to the word of God is pleasing in God’s sight. I stress the importance that we must realize that God is the head of the church and not man. I further stress that with the help of the Holy Spirit, those operating with this temperament can accomplish great things.
When a student of mine learned that she was a Choleric in Control, she immediately said to me, “I need to go to the alter right now and repent. I knew I was controlling but not to the point that my controlling actions were having a negative effect on me and the people in my circle.” After hearing similar responses, I reminded students of the following scripture: 1 Corinthians 15: 10, “By the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”
In reference to the Sanguine temperaments in the class, their individual motto was “having fun” and they kept the class laughing. Even after working all day, they come to class full of energy and bright as the sunshine. They were the students who always wanted to stay overtime. Those just entering ministry for the first time would stop me after class to share their ideas for learning how to effectively evangelize to others in the community.
Phlegmatics on the other hand were always those in the class waiting and watching what others had to say. It appeared they enjoyed the possibility of others not knowing how to read the expressions on their faces. After understanding how the Phlegmatics functioned, especially in my congregation, I was able to overcome the non-expressions presented on their faces or whether or not they agreed with the message going forth. After experiencing personal time with them, I realized that they were well-rounded people. I would share the following scripture to encourage them: John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” I can truly see that the Phlegmatics are observers and they don’t “sweat it”. They have learned that it is Jesus Christ that provides the peace and security in their lives.
The last temperament that I have observed in my congregation is the Supine temperament. If I had to sum this temperament up, it would be, “A servant of God well done.” As we learned in Matthew 20:28, “Jesus came to serve and not be served.” As I now look over my congregation, I see that God has placed some wonderful Supines in the membership who are truly servants of God and not of man.
In conclusion, as I examined my congregational audience, I had the privilege of witnessing how the majority of the temperaments unite together to glorify God. They deny themselves as I continue to minister to them the word of God. After teaching Creation Therapy to my members and others, I want them to realize that despite what their temperament is, God can use it to strengthen each individual’s walk with the Lord.