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Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ, so said Galatians. But how will a church do that? One church’s approach varies from another.

Four months ago, Jesus Is Lord (JIL) Church opened its doors to pastors and church leaders of Dipolog City when it hosted CBN Asia’s Basic Counseling Training.

Pastor Michael Ursolino Venegas understood the need for such training. This eighteen – year old church at the Gateway to Western Mindanao has outreaches in Brgy Aseniero, Dapitan City and Brgy Del Pilar, Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte.

One of their aims is to be relevant in their social responsibility, thus, leadership development and strengthening church management are requisites.

After the training, Pastor Mike was asked if his expectations were met. Here’s his response.

“Training was very good. Material was practical and biblical. Trainer was excellent in teaching and facilitating the training.

Today, I have learned what counseling really is. It has reinforced my previous trainings about counseling. It has also added some practical techniques in doing it.”

Where could he best apply the techniques he has learned?

I could best apply them at my pastoral ministry. I had some leaders with me who attended the training. It will ease the burden on doing this ministry alone. The church now has a handful of counselors to go to, who are basically equipped in counseling.

I would also re – echo this training to my pastors and leaders under my supervision.”


It was July when CBN Asia conducted a Basic Counseling Training at Upper Turno Highway.

Recently, JIL MIS officer Jojo Tizon gave this feedback: “Yes, nakatulong po ng malaki sa pag – conduct po ng counseling.” (Yes, it helped a lot in facilitating counseling)


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