Word of Life Counseling Training Institute is the counseling training entity of Word of Life Ministries. We provide residence, DVD, and internet counseling training courses, pastoral, lay, and coaching certifications, and bachelor's and master's degrees in Christian in Chistian counseling through LOGOS Chistian College and Graduate School using Bible-based Faith Theapy counseling methods.
We have been in operation since 1995 training pastors, lay counselors and Bible-based Life Coaches for Churches. We have also been instramental in establishing a number of counseling centers in other churches and helping our graduates became established in the counseling ministry. Word of Life Counseling Training Institute was founded in 1995 as a ministry of Word of Life Church. (For more on Word of Life Church visit www.wolm.org)
It was the natural outgrowth of a Christian support group, counseling, and state licensed drug and alcohol outpatient clinic that were founded by Pastor Troy Reiner shortly after joining the church as an Associate Pastor in 1991. He realized that in order for those ministries to continue and grow they would need more, highly trained Bible-based support group leaders, lay counselors, drug and alcohol counselors, and Christian therapists. Since no Bible-based local training was available, Word of Life Institute was begun by holding two seminars. Both were well attended but it soon became apparent the more in-depth, ongoing training was required. At that point an alliance was formed with LOGOS Christian College and Graduate school so that those taking training at WOLI would have the opportunity to continue their counseling education to the graduate level and receive a credible Christian counseling degree.
Since as early as 1974, Pastor Reiner had always had a strong interest in learning to effectively apply the Bible to help the hurting people around him. Finally, in 1988 when he retired after spending 20 years as an officer in the USAF, he had the opportunity to enter full-time ministry. He was sent to Wichita to pioneer a new church which eventually became part of Word of Life Ministries. In 1997 he completed his Ph. D. in Christian Counseling. His dissertation was on the development of a new modality in Christian counseling that he later called "Faith Therapy." Eventually, as the Lord continued to provide new insights as Dr. Reiner taught classes at WOLI, his work was divided into four classes which eventually became "The Just Shall Life by Faith Series of books" that today provides the basis of Faith Therapy.
Today, Faith Therapy has become a full-fledged new modality in Christian counseling with a full college curriculum of courses that is especially attractive to Bible-based churches who truly believe that "Jesus is the answer to even life's most difficult problems." As Faith Therapy continues to develop, our goal is to train as many of the members of the body of Christ as possible to help as many hurting people in our churches and society as possible. Because of this, we are doing what we can to make these resources available at minimum cost and to provide free training to as many people as possible. For more information visit our Word of Life Counseling Training Insitute website www.freechristiancounselingtraining.com.
Dr. Troy Reiner is the Director of Word of Life Counseling Center, the Director of Word of Life Counseling Training Institute, and an Associate Pastor at Word of Life Church, all of which are located in Wichita, Kansas. His counseling education includes a Master's Degree in Psychology, Guidance, and Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado, a Specialist in Education Degree with emphasis on Marriage and Family Counseling from Wichita State University, and a Ph.D. in Christian Counseling from LOGOS Graduate School. He is a licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor in the State of Kansas. He is a a Charter Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He has been married for over 35 years and is the father of an adult son and daughter.