Church Conflict Training

Training was held by our team (Bob and Celia, Lyn, Fhey, and Daniel) with LUBCA at First Baptist Church, San Fernando, La Union.

The training involved a conflict-related team-building exercise, followed by a simple test regarding conflict management styles. The following is the presentation we used.

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August Updates

  1.  We recently hosted a certification board of CPSP-Philippines. On July 28, we had several reviewed. Three were three granted certification for Clinical Chaplaincy:  Ptr. Janice Serafica, Ptr. Renato Eustaquio, and Dr. Merlita Montecastro. Additionally one was granted Associate Clinical Chaplaincy:  Daniel Spaeth.
  2. We are considering having a new half unit of CPE starting on August 20.  However, we are seeking to verify that we have enough trainees. If you are interested, please email us at bukallife@gmail.com. Otherwise, our next course is in October. This will be a full unit extended.
  3. August 27 we will be holding a short seminar in San Fernando, La Union on Conflict resolution.

June 2018 Updates

  1.  CPE Transition.  Our Summer group of 16 trainees completed their CPE units— some in the last week of May er and some in the first week of June.  A new group of 15 trainees (with Supervisor Celia, and SITs Vo and Edgar) started on June 15.  Most of the trainees are associated with either PBTS (Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary) or LTS (Lutheran Theological Seminary). Most are either doing a half-unit intensive, or a full-unit extended.
  2. This June starts a first with us. We are in partnership with Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary (PBTS) in establishing a new course of study. PBTS ow has two new degrees:  Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care, and Master of Arts in Pastoral Care (M.Div-PC and MA-PC). Both are integrated with our CPE program. We are excited to see how things go. More info is available at https://pbts.net.ph/index.php/2018/05/15/pastoral-care-degrees-at-philippine-baptist-theological-seminary/
  3. On June 17, Bob and Celia went to BIBAK Bible Church to hold a Conflict Resolution seminar for Youth and Young Adult leaders from various local churches. We are thankful to our hosts for their hospitality and we pray that they found value in the activity.

Quirino Mission Trip

On April 26 and 27, our team traveled to Maddela in Quirino Province for training in Pastoral Counseling. It was held at Agape Christian Ministries of the Philippines. This actually involves a network of 13 churches. The host church is led by Ptr. Juanito Leal.

There were approximately 32 trainees involving pastors and lay ministers. We had a wonderful time. Our team of 7 consisted of both members of the staff, and CPE trainees.

After the trip, we continued on to Aurora to visit with friends in Baler.

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Theological Reflection Presentation

With Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) along with other pastoral care programs that utilize cases, we expect trainees to include theological reflection. Some are good at this, while others struggle. However, doing this well, is not only good for self-growth, but also gaining pastoral identity, and ministerial competence.

Changes at our Office

We have been able to make a few improvements at our office. New furniture and rug added to the Counseling Room. In the office area, a new display table and wide screen monitor was added. This allows us to do training seminars here, especially when we open up our folding wall for larger groups. Looking forward to comments on the changes.

 

April Updates

Busy Summer here in Baguio.  Here are a few things.

Weekly Schedule:

Sundays:   5:30PM Drug Surrenderer Group A

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CPE Supervisor Celia, with Supervisors-in-Training Vo and JM

Tuesdays:  CPE Summer Group 1

1PM Drug Surrenderer Group B

Wednesdays:  CPE Summer Group 2

Thursdays:  CPE Combined Didactic

 

Calendar of Events:

April 8:  Ministry Project at Helping Hands.

April 23:  AACPE Pastoral Care Convention, Manila

April 24-25:  “DAD” Pastoral Conference at PBTS, Baguio City. Led by Dr. Doug Dickens

May 5-6:  PFI Jail Ministry Training Course

June 1:  Ministry Project for CSBCM Youth Camp