|What does "paraclete" mean?
"Paraclete" is the Greek word used by Jesus to describe the Holy Spirit who comes alongside (para)
Christians to help them. The word is variously translated as "helper," "comforter," "intercessor," or
"advocate." Paraclete Ministries exists to promote people-helping among members of the Body of
Christ and to equip Christians for effective ministry to the Church and World. Training, education,
consultation, and counseling are provided for these purposes.
|Who can benefit from Paraclete Ministries' products and services?
|Professional ministers, counselors, educators, and trainers|
|Church lay leaders, including ministry or group leaders, lay pastors, and leader's spouses|
|Church participants at a grassroots level who are capable of adult learning|
|Why are Paraclete Ministries' products and services important?
Jesus commissioned His followers to go everywhere on earth to make disciples for Him. In the
underworld of crime a "made man" is someone considered properly trained to be successful in
criminal activity. That is, the person is viewed as faithful and competent to achieve mob objectives,
to protect "family" interests, and to promote the growth of the criminal organization. Should
anything less be expected of the disciples of Jesus Christ? It was Jesus' desire that the Church
represent Him on earth until He returns in glory. In His absence Christians are to make disciples, not
merely create church-goers. Believers should tell non-believers about the good news of Jesus, but
Christians must also be nurtured in their spiritual growth until they become faithful and competent
disciples of Jesus, consistently living and ministering in His name. This is very difficult, especially in
a troubled and hurting world that is increasingly cynical and critical of the Christian world-view.
Large numbers of people need significant help. They need love and truth, models and hope, healing
and health, meaning and purpose. Pastors and professional counselors can only begin to meet such
massive, widespread needs. Every capable Christian needs to be sufficiently equipped to minister to
others in their daily lives through therapeutic listening and wise conversation. Church and ministry
leaders need additional training to improve their effectiveness as people-helpers. Paraclete Ministries
exists to promote and provide such equipping products and services. A healthy, caring Church is a
dynamic Church that not only makes disciples, but makes a difference in the world.
|What products and services are offered by Paraclete Ministries?
|Paraclete Ministries provides the following products and services:
- Consultation with churches, and with church and organizational leaders
- Grassroots equipping for people-helping
- Lay-counselor training
- Professional counselor training
- Workshops and seminars
- Personal and relationship counseling for church leaders, their spouses, and families
- Training of trainers
- Counseling, instructional, and training materials
- Research, writing, editing, and critiques
|Welcome to Paraclete Ministries
|Why Hire Paraclete Ministries When You Already Have a Great
Staff? Why is Paraclete Ministries Different?
Paraclete Ministries is not the only organization of this kind, nor is it the only provider of these kinds of
services. So what makes Paraclete Ministries worth noting? Why aren't the resources you have already
sufficient? Maybe they are. However, if you are looking for new ideas, an innovative perspective, models for
people-helping and equipping that are unique, and methods or materials that are not the same old thing, then
you will be interested in what Paraclete Ministries has to offer. For more than 20 years Rick Sholette has
field-developed discrete Christian counseling models, methods, and materials that are biblically based yet
social science friendly. You won't find this particular combination of information and perspectives anywhere
else. Don't you owe it to yourself and those depending on you to check us out? [For detailed information
about the process involved in the development of Core Issues Theory and Counseling by Rick Sholette,
contact Paraclete Ministries and make an inquiry.]