Kathy Charley of Shreveport, Louisiana is a Certified Pastoral Member of the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling and has been an International Representative since December 31, 2013.
Currently, Kathy is the president of Personal Growth Association, a Certified Academic Institution Center of the N.C.C.A. Also, through the N.C.C.A. Kathy became a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor in 2007.
WOW! The blessings and magnitude of explosion for Personal Growth Association, in the past two years is amazing, inspirational and mostly humbling.
Let me begin with Dr.’s Rick and Barbara Layton. I had a delightful Creation Therapy ministry humming along, right out of my dinning room. One of my former students attended Refreshing Point Ministries and told their Pastors, Dr.’s Rick and Barbara Layton about their new learning in temperament with a curriculum written, by God, through Dr.’s Richard and Phyllis Arno to License Christian Counselors.
“In the beginning God created . . .” Genesis 1:1
“For you created my inmost being: you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalms 139:13-14
The Layton’s were more than interested and continued to follow the progress of this former student throughout the year. The student shared textbooks, homework assignments, APS Reports and mostly their amazing learning from the Building Blocks of Temperament through temperament not simply “determining an individual’s emotional needs but also determining how individuals react when their needs are not met.”
The Layton’s witnessed, first hand, the personal change in this church member and Creation Therapy student. They wanted more and this course seemed to compliment their church ministry and vision. The Layton’s have a heart for helping hurting, burned out and exhausted ministers. They have an anointing to refresh, support, encourage and spiritually heal our spiritual leaders. It was time to get “equipped” and this was the curriculum to equip their church ministers, spiritual sons and daughters and refresh their congregation. We began.
I was expecting about 15 ministers and the class-completed registration with 32 ministers, laypersons and community leaders wanting Certification or Licensing as a Christian Counselor. Goodness, what a happy challenge. I was blessed with a former student as my co-teacher and we began. We had joy! We had grandparents learning to study and take test for the first time in 35 years. We had new college graduates wanting Christian Counseling training and we had some that, with resistance, took the course because their Pastor asked them to.
Fifteen months later, with every imaginable challenge that the enemy tried and failed to stop our blessing, including the unexpected passing of one of our ministers . . . 31 students had the most anointed (It’s All About Jesus) graduation we could have experienced. Dr.’s Richard and Phyllis Arno came in for the weekend as our Commencement Speakers and the rest is joy still being talked about today. Earlier, Rev. Steven Baran and CFO, Dan Moylan visited our class and taught the students for two hours of education and inspiration.
Personal Growth Association exploded. Our number one challenge was keeping up with new student growth, counselee referrals, and the next two classes of Creation Therapy ministers.
The growth continues today. One couple married, moved to Hawaii and is teaching Created In God’s Image at their church. This student is working on their MA in order to become an International Representative and continue their “calling” as a Minister of Counseling.
Five students have continued their education receiving their BA’s, MA’s and one will complete his PhD this year, all through the N.C.C.A. curriculum.
Suddenly, a most unexpected “God moment” happened. As if all this growth, challenges that come with growth, blessings and excitement wasn’t enough . . . God spoke to me. I do not have these “God moments” everyday, so this was without a doubt a “knowing” straight from our Father in Heaven.
January 16, 2014 I was walking to my iPhone to look at my calendar to see the next day’s appointments. I heard,
“You are to Train, Supervise and Pass to the next in line, and you have two years to do it! There will be one more small class followed by a larger class. . .”
And that’s all I heard! I was breathless! I KNEW, something holy, supernatural and anointed had just happened. Later, when I shared this experience with Dr. Layton, I called it a “knowing.” That was the best word I had to describe what happened. I KNEW! My, already high energy level, went through the ceiling and clarity of purpose was off the charts. Every thought, action, and direction was toward “Training, Supervising, and Passing to the next in line!”
So it is. The current Class of 2016, I call the Rockets because from their first face-to-face interview until now they soared. I am so greatly blessed by these fifteen students that I can hardly sleep after our Thursday night (5:30 – 7:30pm) classes.
Of course as God does things, I am not passing to the next-in-line to one person, as I expected, we have TWO ministers that are training to take the reigns and God doubled the work we have been honored to do for these three years.
Finally, what I want to share with you is simply say “Yes Lord.” You probably are already doing that but I can actually tell you not one single manipulation or preconceived vision that I had evolved. I say “Yes Lord” with every single phone call, appointment, student and counselee. I hand my personal agenda over to the Holy Spirit every morning. I made mistakes and had great successes knowing good and well the greatest journey of my life has been saying “Yes, Lord!”
Getting to know Dr.’s Richard and Phyllis Arno has been a mountain top experience. They came to my home, met my precious 95-year-old mother and prayed with our family. I HIGHLY recommend the annual N.C.C.A. conferences for educational, networking and inspirational reasons, but mostly to meet and worship with our S.A.C.C. and N.C.C.A. family. God commissions all of us. This is the most exciting work and ministry I have ever known.
Unknowing to me, right in the middle of this obedience, joy and hard work God has sent me a magnificent man to love, marry and spend the rest of my life. We got married on September 18, 2015 (my mother’s 96th birthday) and together we have agreed, among other things, to always say “Yes, Lord!”