“Biblical Mentoring” is helping people become mature in Christ for the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. (Eph. 4: 11-16). “Mentor,” as the term is used herein, means a trained person helping to care for people with life’s struggles by assisting the clergy in the ministry of pastoral care.
Participation in a local Christian church is encouraged (not required). This mentoring is from a Biblical perspective, but you are not required to own this belief system. Open discussion about spiritual matters will be encouraged. I also understand about church hurts and you may need time to heal from those before investing yourself in a church again.
Mentoring services are offered on-line for a fee of $40 per hour. Additionally, the non-profit ministry of Project Hope, Inc. accepts donations and you can donate to support the services provided by this ministry. These donations will be used for any of the ministries that Project Hope, Inc. oversees including but not limited to Celebrate Recovery, Prison Ministry, the local jail ministry, as well as Mentoring Services.
Disclaimer: This is a service whereby a non-licensed (lay) individual of God’s grace and mercy provides care to people who are seeking help from a Biblical perspective. As the term is used herein, “Mentor” does not describe a professional psychological service or refer to a surrogate mental health care provider; it describes the work of a lay minister.
She has been married to Michael since 1985 and they have two grown and married children. She has been a professing Christian since 1978 and mentors from a Evangelical Christian perspective. She enjoys gardening, reading, crafts, and endures exercise.
Shari Hall has completed the entire certificate program offered by the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (www.ccef.org). This comprehensive course of study has included courses in:
• A Biblical view of personal change
• Developing effective helping relationships and caring ministries within the local church
• Understanding counseling problems and procedures in both individual and marriage counseling
• Developing the essential qualities of a Biblical Counselor
• Counseling observation
She has also completed the Certification as a Genesis Process Counselor. Genesis Process primarily targets chemical dependency, and is easily adaptable to other unhealthy dependencies such as food, work, sex, anxiety, anger and relationships. It is a successful treatment process because it deals with the universal underlying issues that create destructive coping behaviors.
Since 2009, Shari has served on the leadership team of Celebrate Recovery by leading step studies, serving as a sponsor, and organizing the T.E.A.M. During these years she has spent countless hours working through her own hurts, habits, and hang-ups, as well as walking along-side others, and understands the struggle of change.
Shari was a part of the executive team in 2011-2013 serving at The Hope Center, Moscow Idaho, when they developed The Hope at Work Program for people who struggle with obtaining and keeping employment.
In 2016 Shari became a Her Journey instructor through the Abuse Recovery Ministry Services program (A.R.M.S.). This program helps both women who are in abusive situations as well as men who are abusers.
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Change – Change is hard work. Healing from past events, change in current events, and moving toward change for the future all take effort and time. As a mentor I cannot want change for you more than you want it.
Scripture – I believe all Scripture is inspired by God and useful teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16). I also believe the Word of God is without error. (1 Thess. 2:13, John 17:17) With that said, I do believe our understanding of Scripture can vary. Therefore, open discussion is encouraged.
God – I believe in the Trinity; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I believe He is a separate being from us, but resides within the Christian. He is the Creator who loves us intimately and wants good for us.
Holy Spirit– I believe that when two or three are gathered in Christ’s name, He is actually present with us, and he is doing the work of change. (Matt. 18:20)
Identity – Sufferer/Sinner/Saint – Who we are in our nature matters when it comes to change. I believe we have all suffered in this world; sometimes by our own fault, sometimes by the fault of others, and sometimes through no ones fault. We all must respond to the suffering in our lives and we often don’t have the resources to do that well. I believe we are all sinners; we gravitate to a self-oriented nature. And, for those who have trusted in Christ, we have been made new and given the power of the resurrection. As Saints, we have a power available to us through the Holy Spirit to break any stronghold we find ourselves in. This does not make us perfect, but it does make us capable of change.
We are spirit/body – Because we have both a spiritual nature and a physical nature, they affect one another. We have bodies that fail us; sickness, limitations, weaknesses, and DNA all play a part in the temptations we face spiritually. Spiritual attacks, mindsets, and sin can affect the body. These things interplay with one another.
Fellow Traveler – I am not a doctor that is capable of fixing a patient. We are fellow travelers on a journey. My primary objective is to help you overcome obstacles in your life. Because of my experience, I may have a perspective that helps encourage you.
Truth – John 8:32 says that the Truth will make us free. And John 17:17 says that the Word is Truth. While I believe these verses whole-heartedly, I don’t believe any one person has a handle on “Truth”. I also believe that there can be Truth found outside of the Scriptures. Truth that comes from other sources would be in agreement with Scripture and brings freedom, healing, and peace. Living in Truth allows us to bear the fruits of the Spirit. While I do not believe in ‘relative truth’, I don’t think that our concept of what is true can be applied the same in every and all situations. Open discussion of Truth is encouraged.
Psychology – I am not a psychologist and I can sometimes have very different ideas than those trained solely in Psychology. The academic pursuit of Psychology has often been to understand man without a reference to God. I don’t believe that will actually lead to full or accurate understanding of man, mental health, or relational health. With that said, I believe that the study of psychology has made important discoveries and has much to offer in our understanding of man.
Medication – I cannot prescribe medication, nor will I recommend taking it or not taking it. That decision is between you and your doctor. I believe that sometimes medication is the right decision and may be a permanent need or a temporary aid. Sometimes using medication may make it more difficult to address moral-spiritual issues OR sometimes not using medications may make it more difficult to address moral-spiritual issues. Medications can be a gift of God’s grace OR medications can be used idolatrously. A person can have wrong motives for wanting to take medication OR they can have wrong motives for not wanting to take medication. While I encourage discussion regarding medication, I do not view the usage of medication as wrong or right, but rather what will be most helpful in your growth.
Addiction – I believe ‘addiction’ is another word for ‘coping mechanism’…and we all have them. Some coping mechanisms create more damage than others and some are harder to break than others, but we all struggle with running to something to ease the pain of this life. There is no judgment here, only a desire to see you set free.
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