S.A.C.C. International Representative Spotlight

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Dr. Melveena D. Edwards is a Certified Pastoral Member of the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling and has been an International Representative since July 2003.

Chaplain (Elder) Dr. Melveena D. Edwards
Chaplain (Elder) Dr. Melveena D. Edwards

“God speaks to His people through the yielding counselor Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14

Dr. Melveena Diane Edwards, a native of Ohio, is a humble spirit-filled servant of Jesus Christ with a call and passion for serving others through education and counseling, professional nursing. Dr. Edwards asserts in the belief in “caring for people God’s way,” (Clinton, Hart, & Ohlschlager, 2005, p. i). She also believes in reaching the core root of the counselees’ problems navigated through the “Word of God,” and guiding them to safety using godly principles for those: emotionally wounded, hurting, and experiencing tumultuous, and turbulent storms of life.  Dr. Edwards is an advocatory leader and affirms in the philosophy of effective leadership exhibiting positive influence, and commitment.

Through God’s direction Dr. Edwards is the founder, president, CEO, and Chief Executive Director of the Lighthouse Christian Counseling and Outreached Center, Inc. (LCCOC) founded on February 1, 2001 and is a California Religious nonprofit corporation.  LCCOC is a multifaceted ministry that includes Consultants for Christian Education Programs (CCEP), Lighthouse Academy for Christian Counseling & Seminary (LACC) an NCCA Certified Academic Institution (CAI), providing academic training for certification in Christian counseling and licensure. LCCOC has focused core divisions and entities providing:  Christian/clinical counseling practice, chaplaincy services, Christian education, faith-based community outreach programs, and partnerships encompassing local, national, and global outreach.

During life’s journey Dr. Edwards has experienced triumphs from many pressures, sufferings, trails, and tribulations that have turned into divine empowerment through Biblical counsel and especially after learning her inborn temperament from the Arno Profile System many years ago. Dr. Edwards declares after her awareness of learning “who God created her to be,” it has become liberating. Dr. Edwards states that assuredly “God speaks to His people through the yielding counselor.”

In A.D. 55 the Apostle Paul alluded to a state of oppression in II Corinthians 1:8. Today we are living in a cusp of a hectic, rapidly changing world that demonstrates staggering statistics illustrating a steady rise in mental despair and disparities. Some of these rising stats include suicidal/homicidal ideations, grief, depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ―especially known to branches of the military, low self-esteem, and an array of emotions such as helplessness, hopelessness, and anger diabolically influenced to seize the mind of the believer. Once the mind is confiscated, destruction of the body and spirit can follow.

What a golden opportunity to be used by God through the voice, vehicle, or medium of Christian counseling and in the role of a SACC International Representative (IR).  Through Creation Therapy and the ordained instrument the―Arno Profile System (APS) this creates an excellent Christian counseling model in which God speaks to His people through the counselor or IR proclaiming liberty to the captive. Creation Therapy precipitates a life-changing experience for people to learn efficiently how God created each of us, and further helps us to understand human behavior.  Hence, individuals become liberated for kingdom living―liberated through dynamic (Dunamis) power―gaining understanding of their inborn temperament, rather than resorting in the yoke of bondage, and who have been under the control of strongholds.  In the Greek translation ochuroma depicts “a stronghold,” (solidified/fortified) “fortress” (akin to ochuroo), “to make firm, of those things in which mere human confidence is imposed” (Vine, 1999, p. 365).  It is that force or burden that takes unfair advantage. Heretofore, we cannot under estimate the embodied damage of strongholds that can catapult people’s lives into a spiraling state of devastation. There are fortresses of oppression, diverse damaged emotions, diabolical pressures, varying degrees of chicanery, universal sufferings, and more that can place individuals into lifelong bondage derived from the enemy.

BUT GOD will speak to His people through the yielding leader, counselor, or IR, and turn the issue of strongholds or problems into empowerment through the vehicle of Christian counseling. Through effective leadership and training elements of the IR, the Creation Therapy/APS process can be life changing.  The counselee can experience a paradigm shift and is set-free from bondage.  Apostle Paul asserted: STAND fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (Galatians 5:1 KJV).  There is a process for one’s purpose in life, which can set free the compelled, duty-bound, and brokenhearted that will propel individuals to walk therefore in their divine purpose, call, and destiny. This process of divine empowerment will reverse unfavorable situations, despair, crises, trails, storms of life, anxiety, inter/intra-personal conflicts, and stress.

Through effective leadership as an IR there are positive outcomes in case scenarios. Becoming an IR or “voice” can be a privilege for the acquiescent Christian counselor in teaching and training others on the Creation Therapy process.  This process will enable the counselor to assist the counselee with restoration in health and wellness, assist the counselee to eradicate faulty thinking by understanding his or her inborn temperament, and assist the captive counselee to be set free through godly principles.

Dr. Edwards desires to encourage and inspire those with the call to Christian counseling by becoming an IR, which will heighten the horizon of global ministries through Creation Therapy training, supervising, and sharing with others the knowledge of who God created us to be, and  allow God to speak to His people through Biblical guidance. Through the IR leadership one can be a catalyst to spiritual growth and ministerial development, which in turn will be for the advancement, and up-building of God’s Kingdom.

Dr. Edwards states that: “giving glory and honor to God is first and of upmost importance. God has strengthened the Lighthouse Christian Counseling and Outreached Center, Inc.―LCCOC to be that advocate in fulfilling the call to Christian counseling. The Lighthouse Academy for Christian Counseling & Seminary―LACC, a private postsecondary and vocational Christian education and training, and Certified Academic Institution, advocates others to embrace the IR and CAI mission.  The consultants for educational programs/referrals services play a key position to collaboration, cohesion, networking, and faith-based community outreach and partnerships in preparing others for a successful ministry; and winning souls for Jesus Christ.” Dr. Edwards considers her memberships an honor and is proud to be affiliated with the SACC, and NCCA. She believes that the IR and CAI status is the chief link to the ministry, training, and educational success. She further exclaims that: “I desire to personally thank Dr. Richard and Dr. Phyllis Arno, Rev. Steve and Erin Baran, and all associate staff for the long-standing leadership, prayers, the impartation of wisdom, and knowledge in the area Christian counseling, Creation Therapy, and development of the APS.”

Dr. Edwards says she conducts Creation Therapy classes based upon enrollment.  She encourages students to pursue NCCA licensure and earn degrees from associate to doctorate degrees, to become effective ministers and counselors.

Above all Dr. Edwards loves the Lord, her main ministry aim and mission is to win souls for Christ, and the advancement/up building of God’s Kingdom:  “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”  III John 2

Clinton, T., Hart, A., & Ohlschlager, G. (2005). Caring For People God’s Way―Personal and Emotional Issues, Addictions, Grief, and Trauma. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.  AACC.

Vine, W. E. (1999). Vines Concise Dictionary of Bible Words. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Dr. Edwards is an SACC Certified Pastoral Member and is a Certified Temperament Counselor with the National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA) and holds Professional Clinical Membership and is Board Certified in Death and Grief Therapy, is a Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor, and holds Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor-Advanced Certification (July 2003). Affiliation with the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC): AACC Certification in Biblical Counseling, AACC-International Board of Christian Counselors-Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor (IBCC-BCPCC); a Christian counselor who serves as a state licensed mental health professional, and serves among the vanguard of professional Christian counselors who exemplify the standards of ethical excellence in practice (July 2007).

The organization’s website addresses are http://www.lighthousechristiancounseling.org

E-mail: drmdedwards@lighthousechristiancounseling.org or 8778527536@gosolo.com

Facebook Timeline: http://www.facebook.com/lighthousechristiancounseling or http://www.facebook.com/mdedwards.phd

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Temperament Corner

THE SUPINE IN CONTROL
By Dr. Phyllis J. Arno

Temperament Corner by, Dr. Phyllis J. ArnoWe are going to examine the Supine in Control.

In review, Control is the need to establish and maintain a satisfactory relationship with people in respect to decision making, control and power.

Some of the Supine in Control strengths include: dependability, ability to uphold and enforce “the policies” and/or rules set by others and to serve those they follow. They are caregivers, and they are faithful and loyal.

Some of the Supine in Control weaknesses include: internalized anger, dependence on others for leadership, weak willpower, difficulty in saying no to self and others, and tendency to feel powerless and at the mercy of others.

“A Supine is a Supine is a Supine.”  In other words, a Supine needs people.  It does not matter whether they are a Supine in Inclusion, Control or Affection, the bottom line is: THEY NEED PEOPLE! In this issue we are going to review possible questions a Supine in Control counselee might ask.

Q.  Why am I so easily offended by people when they do not include me when they are making decisions that affect me?
A.  You perceive that they are rejecting you.
Q.   Why do I dislike being the one who must make decisions for the project we are working on?
A.   You do not want the responsibility.
Q.   Why do I prefer that others make the rules so that I can uphold and enforce them?
A.    It is less stressful for you.
Q.   Why do I feel stressed, anxious and insecure one day, but the next day I do not?
A.   You feel incapable of making leadership decisions on your own and become stressed, anxious, insecure and fearful; then, when you find someone to help you make your decisions, the stress lifts off  you.
Q.   Why do I feel powerless and at the mercy of others?
A.   You feel that you do not have the strength to stand up to them.
Q.   Why do I pull away from people if they don’t include me when making decisions that affect me?
A.   You feel “hurt” (angry) and rejected.
Q.   Why do I sometimes sulk, pout and pull away from people?
A.   This is your way of letting them know that they have “hurt” (angered) you.
Q.   Why don’t I just come out and say “I’m angry” instead of “I am hurt”?
A.   You tend to feel that saying “I am hurt” is less offensive and confrontational.
Q.   What do you mean when you say I have indirect behaviors?
A.   You take the “roundabout” way.  You act like you do not want to be included in decision making, but you really do.
Q.   Why do I do this?
A.   You want people to know or “read your mind” without having to tell them that you want to be included in their decision making and, at times, you want them to help you make your decisions.
Q.   Why do I wait to be included or invited in the decision making?
A.   You want people to be genuine, and you feel that if you have to ask to be included, that they really did not want to include you.
Q.   Why do I have a difficult time saying “no”?
A.   You need people to help you make your decisions, so you will not say “no” to them because you tend to think, “If I help them, they will help me.”
Q.   Why do you say I have a gentle spirit? What does this mean?
A.   You tend to be kind and tenderhearted.  You are not harsh or severe.
Q.   Why will my friends pull away from me when I keep coming to them for help with making my decisions?
A.   They may feel that you are becoming too dependent on them.
Q.   After someone gives me advice, why do I disregard their suggestions and listen to someone else’s advice?
A.   You don’t like to offend anyone, so you will go along with what the next person tells you.
Q.   Why will I continue to take abuse from my spouse?
A.   You may feel like you have done something to deserve being abused and, if you left this abusive situation, your thoughts  might be: “Where would I go?” and “Who will take care of me?” You may even think, “If I tell myself that they do not really mean to hurt me, things will get better.”
Q.   Why do I feel like I must have done something to deserve being abused?
A.   You have low self-esteem, and you need to replace your self-esteem with Christ esteem.
Q.   Why will I look to my children to help me make decisions?
A.   You do not like to make decisions alone, so you will solicit their help.
Q.   Why will I be so different at home than when I am in school?
A.  Your decisions are usually made for you at home so you do not have to make decisions on your own.  At school you have to make decisions on your own and you  are afraid that you will make the wrong decision and be rejected.
Q.    What can I do about my feelings of rejection and worthlessness?
A.    You need to see yourself as uniquely created by God.  You are His child and as His child, you have Christ-esteem, not self-esteem, and you can do all things through Christ Jesus.  (See Philippians 4:13)
Q.    What can I do about my “hurt” feelings?
A.   Recognize that your “hurt” feelings are actually internalized anger.  You need to learn to say, “I am angry because….”  Identifying why you are angry is the first step to rid yourself of this anger and the stress that accompanies it.
Q.    Why do I get stressed when I have to make a leadership decision alone?
A.   You tend to feel that your decisions will not be accepted.
Q.    Why do I want to run away when I am overwhelmed?
A.   You feel this will lessen your stress; however, you can never run away from yourself. To lessen your stress, turn it over to God; He will help you.

Q.   What can I do to help myself?

A:

1. Learn to be direct. When you want to be included in decision making or when you need help from others with your leadership decisions, tell them that you want to be included; they cannot read your mind.

2.  Develop a close relationship with the Lord and seek His help in making your decisions. He will always be there for you.  He is just a prayer away. Hebrews 13:5 tells us, “…for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

3.  Know in your heart that God created you and you are valuable to Him. Psalm 139:14 tells us, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

4. Understand that God created you a follower to uphold and enforce the rules and you are valuable to the Kingdom of God.  God made leaders, followers, peacemakers/negotiators, writers, artists, singers, etc., because it takes all of the temperaments to make up the Body of Christ.

5.  Learn that you do not have to take abuse from anyone.  No one deserves to be abused.

6.  Learn to maintain balance in your work and rest and  that it is okay to say “no.” You do not have to do more than you are capable of doing. God only requires reasonable service.

7.  Learn that when you say “I am hurt,” you are really angry.  You need to say, “I am angry because…” and rid yourself of this anger so that you do not lose your gentle spirit.

PLEASE NOTE: These are temperament tendencies, and, as always, while you are counseling the Supine in Control you must take into consideration their walk with the Lord, learned behavior, personality and birth order.

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Book Review – The Peacemaker

The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict

The Peacemaker
The Peacemaker by Ken Sande

In The Peacemaker, Ken Sande presents practical biblical guidance for conflict resolution that takes you beyond resolving conflicts to true, life-changing reconciliation with family, coworkers, and fellow believers.

“‘Blessed are the peacemakers,’ said Jesus. With crystal clarity this manual lays before us the wisdom that leads humble souls into that blessing.”-J. I. Packer, author of Knowing God

“Of people alive and writing today, I know of no more reliable guide for peacemaking in church and family than Ken Sande.”-John Piper, pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church

“The Peacemaker is a practical and faithful primer for how obedience to God’s Word can change deadlock into restoration in families, churches, workplaces, neighborhoods, and even prisons.”-Charles W. Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship

“Ken Sande challenges us to act redemptively in a culture of enmity and shows us how to do this in our relationships with one another. A modern classic!”-Timothy George, executive editor, Christianity Today

“The Peacemaker is a rich source of practical, biblical guidance for resolving every type of conflict.”-Tony Evans, pastor, Oakcliff Bible Church

“It is the sort of book that will remind every Christian reader that God, before all, is in the business of reconciliation, and that the servant is not greater than the master.”-D. James Kennedy, pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church

“The best guidebook I’ve ever seen on how Christians should resolve conflicts. Every pastor ought to read this book and share it with the leaders of the church. It ought to be a textbook in every Bible school and seminary.”-Warren Wiersbe, author of Real Peace

Attorney Ken Sande is president of Peacemaker Ministries (www.HisPeace.org). He regularly conciliates business, family, employment, and church disputes and serves as a consultant to pastors and attorneys as they work to resolve conflicts outside the courtroom. Ken conducts seminars throughout the United States on biblical conflict resolution.

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