Topic: Caring For Those Who Are Hurting, Struggling, or Have Lost Their Way
Caring for people is part of the privilege of loving Jesus. Pastors, ministry leaders, and lay leaders alike are familiar with life in a fallen world. Some are submerged in it as they seek to walk along with those experiencing stubborn depression, heart-wrenching adultery, volcanic-anger, chronic miscommunication, and guilt-ridden struggles of all kinds. As a Christian leader, God has called you to help his sheep, and often those sheep are hurting, confused, and in need of guidance. Whether a pastor, ministry leader, or lay leader in your church, it’s likely you find yourself ill-prepared for the worthy labor of soul-care. Yet, those in your influence expect you to help them with their struggles. What should a pastor or leader do with all of this? Our February Tucson Surge Lunch will address a basic framework to approach people’s troubles. Our panel of counselors and soul-care providers will help give us a vision for what it means to labor for our people going through a difficult time, and what it looks like to respond in biblically helpful ways.
John Cepin has served as a military officer, educator, and Marriage and Family Therapist. He desires to bring people to the feet of Jesus, through an integrated experience of Spirit-led soul care, discipleship, and healing community. He is experienced in helping people develop eyes that see God in the daily events of life by training them to gain a vision of God and the needs of others. John, with his wife Patti, have three sons and twelve grandchildren.
Bill Seery has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in professional clinical practice for nearly 30 years. He holds a Master of Divinity from Talbot Seminary and a Masters in Counseling from California State University in Fullerton. He has a wide range of clinical experience with adolescents and their parents, couple’s and individual therapy and currently runs his own private practice in Tucson, called Path Light Counseling.
Shari Willett has been connected with Northwest Tucson for over two decades providing Spiritual Mentoring & Soul Care. After being on staff with Biblical Counseling Associates under John and Patti Cepin’s supervision, she became a member of Spiritual Directors International and now provides Biblical Soul Care. This includes helping individuals discover through the power of the Holy Spirit where God has been in their stories and how He wants to bring restoration and reconciliation through Jesus Christ into their relationships. Shari has been married to her husband, Dave, for 45 years.
Please RSVP by February 9th