Saddleback Church has a Church Counseling Ministry which is designed to help people by providing biblical counsel in the following areas:
- marital and family relationships,
- communication and intimacy,
- grief and loss,
- anger and bitterness,
- inner personal struggles, and
- spiritual discouragement.
The Church Counseling Ministry’s purpose is based on Pastor Rick Warren’s vision for Saddleback Church – “It is the dream of a place where the hurting, the depressed, the frustrated, and the confused can find love, acceptance, help hope, forgiveness, guidance and encouragement.”
My wife and I attended the 30-week long counseling class and received the certificates in 2008. We have not pursued afterwards to actually practice counseling because of time need and uncertain of our abilities.
My NTU classmate, Dr. Tu encouraged me to get involve in the counseling programs when I visit Taiwan and connected me with Sulian Chen, the secretary-general of an association actively operating a jail ministry (中華民國矯正機關收容人關懷協會) in June, 2010. Though jail ministry is not my original intent in counseling, I was attracted by the enthusiasm, the professionalism and the Christian love radiated from Sulian. Consequently, I worked with Sulian in jail ministry for three weeks, two whole days per week mainly in Yunlin jail.
In late October 2010, my wife and I joined Amazing Grace Choir to visit 17 jails in Taiwan for ministry to the inmates and the officers. This two weeks ministry can be viewed in YouTube .