Firsthand knowledge of the devastation caused by a lack of joy as well as the effectiveness of joy in recovery
Seven years pastoring experience
15 years experience leading training events, marriage retreats and ministry to pastors, leaders and churches with the 19 relational brain skills
Joyful maturity for individuals and communities
Developing joy-filled communities with strong families
19 Relational Brain Skills
The Rekindled Marriage Retreats and THRIVE training events throughout the US and Canada are designed to equip individuals and couples in the 19 character skills that all successful leaders rely on to remain effective and resilient.
Chris is a part time pastoral minister who trains counselors and leaders to effectively help and serve individuals, couples and families process painful absences and wounds that rob life
For nearly fifteen years Chris has ministered, taught and trained people all over the United States and abroad. He has been trained by respected leaders in the field of Christian recovery and has been mentored by internationally acclaimed author, speaker and pastor, Dr. E. James Wilder (www.lifemodel.org)
With Dr. Wilder, Chris developed THRIVE, a premiere leadership training designed to effectively propagate relational character skills into families, communities, cultures and groups worldwide. THRIVE consists of three 5-day training tracks with rotating regional events focusing on the application of skills into complex issues. Chris has become a respected teacher on subjects that pertain to leadership development, character formation, Christian community, trauma recovery
Chris spent seven years in ministry living in a redemptive community setting ministering to people with a history of severe trauma, abuse and neglect. Chris’ training includes working with adults and children with PTSD, D.I.D., SRA, maturity-related issues and a variety of personality disorders and problems that result from unprocessed painful events. Chris is an ordained minister and member of the international Evangelical Church Alliance. Chris and Jen are active members of New Life Christian Church in Morton, Illinois, under the care of Pastor Bob See and Pastor Jason Morris.
M.B.I. Messianic Bible Institute–Yeshiva. Hampton, VA 2001 – 2007 Master of Theology.
Eastern Illinois University – 1995 – 1998 Bachelor of Arts.
Illinois Central Junior College – 1993 – 1995 Associate in Arts and Science.
He has been trained by respected leaders in the field of Christian recovery and mentored by internationally acclaimed author, speaker and pastor, Dr. E. James Wilder (www.lifemodel.org)
Chris is the Assistant Director for Shepherd’s House Ministry, PO Box 40096, Pasadena, CA. 91114, 626-794-3670. Under Shepherd’s House, Chris and his wife run the THRIVE Training, leads THRIVE Maturity and THRIVE marriage retreats. He focuses on training and equipping the next generation of leaders.
Chris speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to leadership development, character formation, joyful maturity, trauma recovery and developing joy-filled communities with strong families.
Leads weekend maturity retreats for leadership teams, church communities and ministries.
Leads Rekindled Marriage Retreats.
Trains and equips churches with the 19 relational character skills and the Share Immanuel process for removing hindrances that stunt emotional and spiritual maturity
Leads THRIVE training events throughout the US and Canada to equip individuals and couples in the 19 character skills to remain effective and resilient.
Chris trains counselors and leaders to effectively help and serve individuals, couples and families to be able to process painful absences and wounds that rob life and joy. Chris travels and works out of his home office specializing in equipping.
Chris and wife Jennifer are blessed with two young sons, 3-year old Matthew and 1-year old Andrew.
To Schedule an Event or Receive Counsel go to the “Contact Joy Starters” page.
About the books
The Life Model: Shepherd’s House is a Christian counseling center, located in Southern California that has been in operation since 1970. For 30+ years we have seen broken, powerful, creative, frightened, confused and brilliant people enter our office doors. We have witnessed the after-effects of horrific trauma, and we have also seen the power of God’s amazing restoration. As a result, we have had many opportunities to learn important truths about the “big picture” of life.
The Life Model synthesizes these truths into an understandable model. It encompasses the human experience from birth to death and gives practical guidance on how to maximize each stage of your life, as well as how to minimize the blocks that would keep you from living life to the fullest.
The Life Model is not just a theory — it is a model. It does not just talk about growing — it gives you practical steps on how to mature. The Life Model does not just promote recovery — it identifies specific ways to heal traumas. And lastly, The Life Model does not just offer casual reading — it challenges you to change and grow and be the person that God designed you to be.
The Life Model is a unifying approach to ministries of counseling, recovery, pastoral care, prayer ministry, deliverance, inner healing, child rearing, body life and health. Substance abuse recovery programs internationally are changing lives through The Life Model’s five principles. Most major ministries dealing with trauma and abuse in the USA use The Life Model as part of their teaching. Churches and missions adopt The Life Model because it develops strong maturity, particularly where people must face suffering.
If the Chrisitan life is about anything, it is about serving–relating to people in life-giving ways and seeking to establish God’s power in their lives. As you work though this book, seek God for wisdom and guidance as you prayerfully consider how this material applies to you and to your church community. Ask God to supply you with His redemption, while you strive for maturity. As you will learn in the pages ahead, those two objectives will enrich your personal life every day and improve your ability to more effectively serve others.
“The Life Model is the best model I have seen for bringing Christ to the center of counseling and restoring the disintegrating community fabric within Christian churches.” Dr. Dallas Willard, speaker, author, Professor of Philosophy, USC
“The answer given here is very real–a combination of healthy spirituality, intellectual insight, a need for community and friendship–all put together to help us become transformed.” Dr. Francis MacNutt, Founding Dir., Christian Healing Ministries
Coming: Book Blurb, Endorsements, Thrive Endorsements, News Release, Book Reviews. and Excerpts