—Windows of Opportunity—
Cost: $60.00 per person. Register here.
When: July 16-19, 2013
T-Th: 9:00am-5:00pm, with a lunch break
Where: Anselm House, 205 East 5th Street, Moscow, Idaho
What: Windows of Opportunity is an intense four day conference which focuses on bringing the love of God to the lives of people who are having a difficult time living in the world God placed them.
Who should come: Anyone who finds themselves in situations where they are being asked to help or minister to people who are experiencing problems in living.
What a difficult life situation is: The authors of the books we will be discussing have many different life situations ranging from thoughts of obesity to hearing voices to being afraid to go out the front door. A difficult counseling situation is anything that you have difficulty working through. It might be that you have a friend who is depressed, or a friend who is having trouble getting along with others at work. Anything that you find overwhelming as you try to help others is classified as a difficult life situation.
Why it is called Windows of Opportunity: It is called Windows of Opportunity because we will be looking through the events of a person’s life, as one looks through a window, to see opportunities for God’s grace to invade her life and to transform her into Christ’s likeness.
Before you come: Attenders will need to have read the books listed below and be prepared to discuss how they might help the authors of the books were they to meet them in the course of their lives.
The Process: Attenders will be expected to have read the books listed below. As you read, you should imagine that you have been given the opportunity to help the author. With this in mind, you should be thinking about how you might answer these five questions:
- Who is this person? In answering this question the reader/counselor will be expected to be able to answer this question to the satisfaction of the person they are ministering to. The one being helped should be able to say, “Yes, you know me.”
- How am I like this person? The purpose of this question is to help you realize that except for God’s grace in your life, you could easily be just like the person you are trying to help. It keeps you humble, it helps you love the person you are trying to help, and it helps the person trust you.
- What does God think of this person? God loves sinners and he hates sinners at the same time. In this particular instance, how is God thinking about this person? Is there anything God would commend in her life? Is there anything God condemns? Is there any hope or mercy that God holds out for this person?
- What incidents in your friend’s story might you use to help them see their situation from God’s perspective? Everyone views their life through their own eyes and perspective. In order to help people they need to look through the events of their lives, Windows of Opportunity, to discover the condition of their hearts. When they understand that the source of all their problems is inside themselves, they will be prepared to submit to God and have their heart cleansed.
- How might you use these events to help your friend find peace and joy in living in Jesus? The answer to this question will take up the majority of our time. The first three questions will prepare the counselor and her friend to enter into the actual process, but the answer to the fourth and this last question make up the Windows of Opportunity process itself.
Reading List for this Conference:
Steele, Ken, The Day the Voices Stopped
Moore, Judith, Fat Girl
King, Heather, Parched
Shawn, Allen, Wish I Could Be There
Welch, Edward, Depression Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness
David Powlison, “How Do You Help a Psychologized Counselee?” Journal of Biblical
Counseling, Vol. 15, No. 1, 1996, pp. 2-7. You can get this article here.
David Powlison, “The Ambiguously Cured Soul,” Journal of Biblical Counseling, Vol. 19, No. 3,
2001, pp. 2-7. You can get this article here.