Marriage Ministry (4 credits)
Instructor: Kristine Koetje-Balder (E-Professor in Counseling: B.A. Religious Education, Grace Bible College; M.A. Mental Health, Western Michigan University; M.A. Psychology, LLP, LPC)
DISCLAIMER: This course is of an intense nature and covers many sensitive and tough topics. Keep close to the Lord as you move through this course.
Overview: This advanced class presents key building blocks of a thriving marriage, offers insights for strengthening one's own marriage, develops ability to offer pre-marriage preparation for couples, and cultivates skills for marriage counseling.
Dr. Kristine Koetje-Balder is teaching this ministry class. She has over 25 years of experience as a licensed, certified counselor. She heads up the Compassionate Christian Counseling practice (www.cccounseling.net). Ministry leaders have many opportunities to encourage and inspire thriving marriages. This class is valuable for deacon ministers, small group leaders, pastors, chaplains, women's ministers, marriage ministers, divorce care ministers and youth ministers, as well as for individuals or couples who wish to strengthen or grow in their own marriage.
- Learn the basic principles of Christian marriage and how to help a marriage thrive.
- Learn content that you can use for a pre-marriage ministry.
- Develop skills for marriage counseling.
- Get skills necessary for being a chaplain or for other ministry roles.
- Learn Biblical skills that will help your own marriage if you are married.
Accessibility: All of the videos (with the exception of the introduction interview) have notes to accompany them. All video transcripts are available.
Note: This course was formerly called Thriving Marriages. You must complete all work by the final deadline of the course. If you are not done by that date, you will have to take the class again in order to receive credit.
When you enroll in this course, you can start immediately and work ahead of schedule if you wish.
Day 1 - 10
Unit 1: Nine Foundational Principles of Conflict Resolution (Principles 1-3)
Day 11 - 20
Unit 2: Nine Foundational Principles of Conlfict Resolution (Principles 4-6)
Day 21 - 30
Unit 3: Nine Foundational Principles of Conflict Resolution (Principles 7-9)
Day 31 - 40
Unit 4: Forgiveness
Day 41 - 50
Unit 5: Anger Management
Day 51 - 60
Unit 6: Secure Attachment
Day 61 - 70
Unit 7: Worthy Marriages
Day 71 - 80
Unit 8: Gender Differences
Day 81 - 90
Unit 9: Sexual Intimacy
Day 91 - 100
Unit 10: Parenting
Day 101 - 110
Unit 11: Finances
Day 111 - 120
Unit 12: Marriage Undone: The Brink of Divorce
Day 121 - 150
Unit 13: Remarriage
Day 151 - 180
As you complete this tuition-free course, let's pray for and thank the Vision Partners! Their sacrificial giving supports these tuition-free courses so that those will little or no extra resources can access high-quality ministry training.
Unit 14: Spiritual Oneness
Read the Story of this Fellow Christian Leaders Institute Student
CLI Student Harven Accus
"Hello, my name is Harven Accus. I was born and raised in Haiti. I had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home which taught me a lot. When I was 6 years old my grandmother taught me a lot about having Jesus Christ in my life and living for Him alone. I was very stubborn when it came to taking part in any church activities as a child, but my grandma never gave up on me and always mentored me about the love of Christ.
When I came to the US, I never forgot what my grandma taught back home about the Almighty God. In 2013, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. For that I am very thankful by the grace of God. In 2016, I was baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
As I continue walking faithfully with God, I went to Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary, Jacksonville, Florida. In 2018, I graduated (Associate in Ministry). To further my education in learning more about God, through research I have come across Christian Leaders Institute Free Training. CLI has been life changing for me and helped me a lot with going deeper in my study of the Word of God. I have learned the truth about many aspects of the Bible from CLI. I am Ordained as a Deacon Minister and currently working towards my Associate Youth Minister and Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant. These roles will help me grow spiritually and to help others build a relationship with God and also to help those who cannot afford fees for a wedding officiant.
Furthermore, my Spiritual dream is to help the lost be found and to mend the brokenness in this world through the love of Christ. I am married to my beautiful wife Magdala Dely Accus! I ask the CLI family to keep us in prayer. Your prayers will be greatly appreciated as I continue learning the Word of God through Christian Leaders Institute. May God continue blessing this wonderful Ministry."
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End of Course
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