School and 'Personal Growth and Healing’ course topics will be taken from this list:
Biblical Basis of Elijah House Ministry
True healing isn’t making something broken good enough to work, but rather being freed from the power of that broken thing so that it can no longer rule us, enabling us to trust God’s righteousness to shine in and through it. God’s laws and principles help effect sanctification and transformation in our lives. We show the Scriptural foundation for salvation, with the cross of Christ and His shed blood being the means to end our separation from God, as well as to stop the sinful habits that plague our daily lives.
Ingredients of Prayer Ministry
The process of sanctification and transformation by inner healing is not a formula, but a Holy Spirit-led work in the hearts and minds of God’s people for the purpose of restoration and reconciliation. In His Word, God has given us the way and the means to help others – to implore on His behalf, “Be reconciled to God.”
The law of judgment applies not only to our conscious actions, known and performed outwardly, but also to what is lodged in our heart, repressed, unknown and unexpressed. Once formed, judgments reap results. Bitter roots not brought to the Cross defile, and may be the most powerful negative force in our lives, bringing destruction to ourselves and those around us.
Basic trust is the first and foremost of developmental accomplishments, without which succeeding lessons cannot be learned well. Failure to acquire basic trust negatively affects us throughout our adult lives, impacting our ability to relate to one another and, ultimately, the Lord. We can depend upon the Lord to build basic trust in us, even though we did not acquire it in infancy. Father God is able to reach into our innermost being and fill us with His tender, enfolding love. Prayer ministers can help to communicate God’s unconditional love through gentle prayer and godly affection.
The primary need for forgiveness springs from the Law. Until forgiveness is effected in the heart, the law of sowing and reaping must roll on to its inevitable conclusion. Forgiveness is central to being made whole. This lesson makes the necessity of forgiveness clear. Learn how resentment becomes lodged in the heart and, once entrenched, requires a work of God’s grace to be removed.
Repentance and Restitution
An essential role of prayer ministers is to help those in pain find the freedom of godly repentance. True repentance requires an awareness of sin at the heart level, and understanding of how sin hurts others and God, a willingness to accept full responsibility for our actions, and the determination to change.
Honoring Father and Mother
Accurate head knowledge of the faith produces nothing in terms of expressing the fruits of the Holy Spirit, unless what is lodged in the heart relative to parents is countered by effective grace in Jesus on the cross. Almost every failure in life can be traced sooner or later to the breaking of one commandment: “Honor thy father and mother…”
How We See God
If our hearts are pure, we are able to comprehend the glorious nature of God, and relate to Him in a blessed intimacy. But when judgments and bitterness are lodged in our hearts, our perception of God becomes distorted, crippling our relationship with Him.
The constant tendency of the born-anew is to fall back into striving by human effort. Our mind and spirit know the free gift of salvation, but our heart retains its habit of earning love by performance. We live unaware that motives other than God’s love have begun to corrupt our serving into strife, tension and fear.
Parental Inversion and Substitute Mate
Parental inversion is not an easy sin to hate. The difficulty is that for many people it has become the most noble definition of life; the sacrifice and service it involves are readily justified by Scripture. But God asks us to lay down our lives for other people for His sake, rather than out of the impure motives of our own wounded hearts.
Inner Vows and Heart of Stone
In order for us to have true fellowship, God has to pierce or melt our hearts of stone. Hearts of stone give rise to, and are further cemented by judgments, expectancies, and vows, making us the loneliest people in the world – even in the midst of friends.
Identifications of Love
We are designed both to give and to receive love, and know in our spirits that love is necessary nourishment to our lives. But are we able to receive love in its infinite forms of expression offered us by God and others, or do we identify and accept love only when it comes in a few select “packages”? Formed in childhood, these packages are idols which define and limit our idea of what true love is; they almost assuredly deny us the full joy of giving and receiving it.
Ministry Skills: Interviewing, Listening & Prayer
If only there was a perfect formula for how to do prayer ministry! Unfortunately, one size does not fit all. Certain ministry skills will be common to most sessions, but every heart is unique way. Although learning ministry skills is valuable, we need to learn first how to read the heart, then learn to combine ministry skills and heart messages into the one-of-a-kind approach each person deserves.
This lesson helps us understand the functions of our own personal or human spirit. If we are not awake in our spirit, we will not be able to function in various areas of life. We will learn what causes the spirit to slumber, how to identify the symptoms of a slumbering spirit, and how to distinguish between true conscience and remorse conscience.
The degree to which we reject circumstances of our lives, our family, our gender, our job, or our physical appearance, indicates the degree to which we are in spiritual rebellion. Like Satan, we are all angry at God, dissatisfied with His provision for our lives. This lesson will identify the attitudes which indicate the problem, and discuss the fruits of this sin in our lives.
We are all to bear one another’s burdens, but some are especially called by the Lord to do so. This lesson explains the gift of burden bearing, and explores the character and experience of the burden-bearing personality, including the wounding that occurs when the gift is misunderstood or misappropriated. The more we bear the burdens of others appropriately, the more we feel the weight and horror of sin, and thus the more we sense the price our Lord Jesus paid for our continued existence.
Discover the principles of leaving and cleaving in the context of spiritually and emotionally leaving our family of origin and/or former position in order to step into God’s call for our life. While we may know the direction and see the destination in the distance, we may feel tied down, with no freedom to pursue it.
Personal and Corporate Strongholds
Strongholds, both personal and corporate, are formidable obstacles to the healing process, for they are deeply embedded in our minds. Strongholds have lives of their own. In this lesson, we will look at the origin of strongholds, and the part the mind plays in blocking our relationship with the Lord. Scripture offers us a model for entering into warfare against the strongholds that hold us captive as individuals, as groups, and as entire nations.
Deliverance & Inner Healing
Reconciliation between the fields of inner healing and deliverance will help to bring freedom, wholeness, and maturity to the Body of Christ. This lesson seeks to correct misunderstandings and abuses which perpetuate the conflict between the two areas, and offers Scriptural support which integrates them appropriately. The relationship between healing and deliverance is both necessary and practical in the process of sanctification.
Healing Relationships to Authority – part 1 & 2
No one except Christ has exhibited both perfect submission to authority and perfect leadership. We have all failed in both. However, in this lesson we will only deal with our issues and attitudes toward those in authority over us. We will outline how history and Satan have worked hand-in-hand to destroy proper respect for authority, how that has affected us, and what Scripture says about proper submission, even to those who abuse authority.
Central to our healing is a willingness to be known by ourselves and others. God calls us to “walk as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth)” (Ephesians 5:8b-9). When we live in denial, we walk in darkness and untruth, and cannot fully receive God’s healing power.
Rightly Handling Emotions
We are often taught to believe that certain emotions are wrong. We blame our sinful behavior on our “wrong” feelings, and then try desperately to control them. We repress, hide, or deny them, instead of accepting them as God-given messagers. This lesson looks to Jesus as a model for dealing with our human emotions. Through His responses in the Garden of Gethsemane, we explore some the attitudes we have about our own emotional life.
Common Errors of Ministry
This is a lesson in awareness. Prayer ministers must continually practice rigorously honest self-examination as we come before God with our gifts, knowledge, and healing abilities. This lesson describes some of the many ways in which prayer ministers can act outside of the will of God.
Sealing Our Healing
Often we ignore the dangers of spiritual laziness and fail to seek the spiritual nourishment that comes through Bible reading, prayer, home fellowship, etc. Then, when things go wrong, we blame God. Prayer and healing are not “magic,” nor can they be substitutes for the work of discipleship to which He calls us. This lesson illustrates numerous disciplines by which we can maintain our healing and further develop our relationship with the Lord to strengthen new and healthy structures to replace the old and sinful patterns in our lives. The process of prayer ministry would be incomplete without instruction and support in this area.
Prenatal & Childhood Issues, Part One
It is important to understand the truth about the physical and spiritual life God gives within the womb. This lesson presents both the scriptural base and modern research supporting the belief that God gives unborn children a personal spirit at conception. Through their spirit, and with the propensity to sin because of their sin nature, children may react wrongly in the womb to circumstances of the parents. These natural, but wrong reactions will affect them later in life. We also discuss abortion and offer help to bring healing to those living under its dark shadow.
Prenatal & Childhood Issues, Part Two
This lesson explores the conditions, symptoms and healing of several common in-utero experiences. In each of these cases, a child may react sinfully to the wounding, and then later in life reap the consequences of those reactions made in the womb. Special emphasis on the problems of adoption gives prayer ministers tools with which to help adoptive parents bring their adopted children to life.
Captive spirit is a condition related to but more serious than that of slumbering spirit. Rather than simply being awakened to life, a captive or imprisoned spirit must be set free from the powers of darkness. In this lesson we explore the symptoms and discuss healing for the person whose spirit is captive.
Arbitrary, inconsistent, or abusive parental discipline can damage the emotional well-being and security of a child. They destroy the natural sense of justice that God imparts to our being. God’s Word provides us with healthy and appropriate forms of discipline necessary to raising children. These guidelines are looked at in this lesson.
Healing Common Sexual Experiences
In this lesson, we discuss the common sexual experiences of childhood and adolescence, including potty training, genital play, pornography, and masturbation. Mishandled by parents and tabooed by society, common sexual experiences can often lead to shame in adulthood. Healing of adult sexual sin will often necessitate recognition and healing of these earlier roots.
Profile of the Abuser
Those who minister to abusers need to respond with compassion and understanding, yet without excusing the sin. As prayer ministers, we need to be able to help abusers to deal with root issues without condemning them. This lesson brings insight and understanding through a typical life history and character of a sexual abuser, and teaches how to extend God’s healing love and grace while still holding abusers accountable for their actions.
Healing the Sexually Abused
Those who’ve been sexually abused often live with a barrage of emotions that keep them in bondage to the wounds of the molestation. This lesson explores these feelings and common responses to this most damaging violation of our being. Factors such as trust, time, patience, understanding, and perseverance will be discussed in the healing process. Intercession is also an essential ingredient, while ministering the Lord’s healing grace and blessing on these so deeply wounded.
Scripture testifies to the sin of man passing from one generation to the next. In this lesson, we look at ways we are defiled through generational sin. Through prayer, we can help free families from their generational patterns of destruction.
Shame, Part One
Shame causes us to build walls of protection around our heart, and causes us to hide, from God, and from man. This lesson explores the root causes of shame, how to recognize the fruit and how to effectively minister and bring healing to those bound by shame.
Shame, Part Two
In this lesson, we will continue to explore how shame affects us in our individual lives, in our families, in our churches, in our generations and culture. We will continue to look at the fruit and talk about how to effectively minister and bring healing.
Any type of major loss invokes an intense emotional suffering called “grief.” This lesson discusses the stages of grief, those most susceptible to “stuffing” grief, helping children in their grieving process, and getting people “un-stuck” from their own mistakes in grieving.
Care and Feeding of the Spirit
Our spirits have three primary needs: worship, relationship, and affection. Lacking these life experiences, or being wounded in these areas, our spirit is unable to sustain us. This lesson shares many ways parents can nurture the spirits of children. But these are not for children only. Just as we are to care for the temple of our bodies, we are also to engage in disciplines that will strengthen our own spirits, enabling us to live life fully and to serve God.
Resurrection Side of Healing
In this lesson, we will look at why it is important to remember the resurrection side of prayer ministry and not just focus on the death side. Prayer ministry is the continual process of bring issues to death on the Cross, but also letting Christ bring to life areas in our lives.
Development of the Believer
In this lesson we look at the stages of growth we experience physically, emotionally and mentally in our spiritual development. These stages are meant to bring us into maturity as people of God with integrity of character, enabling us to give love sacrificially and receive love in its fullness.
Scripture says that “an anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up” (Proverbs 12:25). This lesson explores the nature of anxiety in general, the more potent panic attacks and phobias, and how they can be overcome.
Many Christians believe that depression is sinful in that it denies the hope and joy of the Lord in our lives. But depressed people are not at fault for their condition. They truly cannot help themselves. In this lesson, we learn what depression is and why depressed people need the help of others. This lesson explains the steps necessary to begin the healing process.
This lesson discusses the physical, emotional and spiritual conditions associated with burnout. We’ll explore its causes and possible prevention and specify what is needed to help bring healing. We also explore how burnout relates to conditions of depression and wounding.
Though the Bible clearly defines homosexuality behavior as sin, as ministers of the Gospel, we must learn to respond and stand lovingly in truth. This lesson outlines the contributing factors and consequences of homosexuality, yet gives hope and healing through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Those who minister to those who struggle with sexual addiction know how prevalent it is, even in the church. This lesson brings insight and understanding through a typical life history and character of those struggling with sexual addiction, and teaches how to extend God’s healing love.
This lesson helps us understand the ways in which we seek shelter or protection in places other than the Lord, and how He invites us to find refuge in Him. It explains how false refuges are developed and the problems they can cause. It gives hope and healing to overcome some of life’s most plaguing and addictive issues.
When assented to and allowed to continue, spiritual adultery inevitably leads to physical adultery. This lesson outlines its roots and symptoms and gives guidelines as to what to do when spiritual adultery occurs in the prayer ministry relationship. Additional information is also given on the problem of empathetic defilement, a concern in any relationship.
The Ties that Bless & Bind
As with “Spiritual Adultery,” closeness and intimacy between people in ministry situations may give rise to inappropriate attachments, dependencies, or confusion from transference in relationships. This lesson offers insights and help for prayer ministers in handling these situations in godly ways.
The fact that we are all corporate is a fact, not an option. Throughout the Basic I and II teachings, we are learning how sin affects our hearts and how to take those issues to the Cross so we can be free from its affects. In this lesson, we learn to look outward beyond ourselves to the vision and purposes of God in everyday life, be it in society, family, marriage, or the Body of Christ. When we understand how God has made us to be corporate, we can then better understand how our own sin affects others, as well as how to be a blessings.
Burden Bearing Rightly
This lesson looks at how God intercedes through us to bear others’ burdens without our being crushed as we try to help. We look at how this gift of burden bearing in intercession can bring us into a closer relationship with Jesus, in which we can feel His heart for those whom we are interceding for.