Agape Counseling Services of West Texas

Agape Counseling Services of West Texas

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3rd Annual FAMILY MATTERS 2018 featuring Dr. Caroline Leaf...
The Conference that Blew My Mind by Michael T. Ballard I recently had the privilege to attend the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) 2017 World Conference in Nashville. There were just under 7,000 attendees made up of professional and lay counselors, pastors, life coaches and educators. Most attendees were from the US with 44 other countries represented. The large plenary gatherings included corporate worship and presentations from world renown experts in the fields of brain science, counseling research and innovations, and the integration of professional counseling with the church. We were blessed to be lead in worship by Michael O’ Brian, Charles Billingsley, Mercy Me and King and Country. Plenary speakers you might know included, Anne Graham Lotz, Dr. Daniel Amen, Henry Cloud, John Townsend, Eric Metaxas, Richard Blackaby, and John Ortberg. We also had opportunities to attend up to seven of more than 175 breakout workshops during the four-day conference. Reflecting on this conference in its entirety, two central themes surfaced: 1) the church is the gatekeeper for helping people receive mental health care, and 2) there is emerging a growing concept of the mind-brain connection. Church as Gatekeeper Within the U.S, 25% of the population have some type of mental health issue. We find that percentage rings true even in the church. This means one in four people in the pew are directly affected. When you consider family and friends of those affected, virtually every member of the church is affected directly or indirectly. Due to stigma and pre-existing relationships, people affected are more likely to approach a pastor than a professional counselor for help. Whether churches realize it or not, the church is on the frontlines of the battle for mental health. If the church is willing, she can lead the way in reaching out to those with varying degrees of mental illness. Although she may not be equipped to work with someone with delusions or hallucinations, the church can easily journey with those in grief, depression, or anxiety. Mind over Matter Dr. Caroline Leaf emphasized an emerging concept of the mind. Research suggests, contrary to traditional training, that the mind actually shapes the brain. Traditional theory thought the brain governed the mind – the way we think. However, we are discovering that the mind (consciousness) does shapes the brain function, structure and even the brain matter. As we think, our mind/consciousness forms new connections of neurons and dendrites literally creating new matter in the brain. Brain activity reflects mind activity, rather than mind activity reflecting brain activity. The implications of this are profound when considering mental health issues. We can shape the construct of our brain by what we think. The adage – garbage in, garbage out – fits. This highlights a need for a new discipline of brain hygiene. Just as we take care of our bodies by feeding it good food, proper rest, and exercise, we can also take care of our brains by guarding our minds with what it dwells on. “Take every thought captive in Christ” suddenly takes on a whole new application in life.

The mission of Agape is to empower individuals, families, churches and communities by promoting wellness through Christian counseling, education, consultation, and mediation.

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Agape Brand Awareness Video

Agape is now scheduling Intakes. Struggling? We can help!! https://youtu.be/rcUH-7cCaDg

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Agape Staff meeting. We continue to be available during the crisis. Our clinicians are delivering care via secure video conference.
Call 432-550-LOVE
432-550-5683 to schedule an Intake.

Agape is open and actively delivering services.
Now thru video conference!
Staff gathered by Zoom this week to train and support each other.
Go Team Agape!!

[03/16/20]   Scared Because the Sky is Falling?
By Agape Counseling Services of West Texas

You listen to the news. It sounds serious. You find out schools, businesses, activities, and even church services are canceling. Now it is serious! News and governmental advice changes daily. It is a common topic of conversation, especially when shopping at the grocery store for supplies. Here are some thoughts to keep in mind when everyone around you is on high alert.

1. Remind yourself the sky is NOT falling. Even when the Coronavirus does show up in our communities, it is not the end of the world. Health care professionals will respond appropriately. Recovery will be the overwhelming norm.

2. Some people are feeding off the current “panic” even when unfounded. Some people like the adrenaline rush of roller coasters and horror films. Some people by nature are susceptible to drama, phobias, and fear-mongering. The media often sensationalizes because news sells, and bad news sells even better.

3. Change and uncertainty encourages anxiety. This is normal. Routines will be upset. Finances will be impacted. Health concerns will be exacerbated. Coping skills will be tested. All this and more increases stress but it does not have to undo us. We are a resilient people. If you don’t believe this, talk to an older person who remembers the Depression, World War II, the nuclear threat of the Cold War, measles and polio outbreaks, droughts and tornadoes, and even the oil busts of recent history. We have survived many threats in the past, both real and imagined.

4. When tested we have a resource that has proven faithful throughout the ages. That resource is relationship. We come together as families and communities to encourage, assist, and conquer. If you are lacking in this type of support network, we recommend you find a good house of worship. There you will find others sharing and caring with a supernatural strength. This leads us to the other kind of relationship that is faithful in times of challenge. That relationship is with God Almighty and it is a gift by faith to anyone regardless of past misdeeds.

5. We can have hope amid chaos.

Agape Counseling Services of West Texas is available to help those who feel their struggles are getting the best of them. Together we can rise in faith above the fear.

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Love Takes Action | :60 Commercial | New York Life Insurance

This Super Bowl advertisement for New York Life explains the term “Agape” (Unconditional, Godly Love).

The Ancient Greeks had four words for love. The most admirable is called agápē. Love as an action. For 175 years, we’ve been helping people act on their love...

CBS7 was at Agape filming a “Helping Hands” segment. Austin Burnet was great to work with.
We’ll announce the segment time and date soon.

More photos from the 2019 Beacon Awards. Agape with ReInvent: Choose to Succeed recognized for Excellence in Nonprofit Collaboration.

Agape and our program, ReInvent: Choose to Succeed received an amazing award today.
The Beacon Award for: Excellence in Nonprofit Collaboration.
Thank you: MISD, Midland Health, Educate Midland, UTPB, United Way of Midland, Moore Foundation, Warren Foundation, Fasken Foundation and many others.

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Pastor's Appreciation Lunch and Learn

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Exciting announcement:
Agape Counseling will have a regular spot on CBS7 Studio 7 with Alexa Dunson. Thank you Studio 7 and Alexa for the opportunity to present a weekly mental health segment. Lindsey Weatherl, LPC-Intern, leads our video team.

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Our Executive Director had the pleasure of attending the Students in Philanthropy grant award ceremonies for Midland College and Midland High this past week. Agape appreciates your donations. Thank you!

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[03/21/19]   Great NEWS Personal Growth Group for Teens WILL HAPPEN tonight!!!

[03/21/19]   Teen Art Group today 6pm at First United Methodist Church!!!

👩‍🎨🎨📞 call 432-550-5683 📓🖌👨‍🎨

[03/08/19]   Art group starting March 21st for Teens 🤩

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It's a Girl! Today we had the pleasure of celebrating our mommy to be.

Happy New Year from all of us at Agape! Our offices will be closed Monday, December 31st and Tuesday January 1st.

As the holiday is quickly approaching, Agape would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! Our office will be closed Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th.

Agape Christmas party 2018. Great food and fun with coworkers and families.

Just in case you were unaware, Agape has 2 locations to serve you. An office in Odessa and Midland, and today we celebrated everything Odessa. Thank you to our staff and clients that we get the pleasure of working with at both Agape locations.

We would like to thank everyone that contributed to our gratitude wall. We are thankful for each of you, and look forward to each day at Agape.

Celebrating birthdays, accomplishments, and enjoying eachother’s company ❤️ #wearefamily

Agape proudly announces and officially presents its newly appointed executive director, Thomas W. Elrod! Tom has been leading Agape as interim director for several months, and TODAY it's official!! We're proud to be led by such a remarkable leader and look forward to the future! 😁

Ready for our door decorating contest at Midland Shared Spaces!!! ☺️👻🎃

Some of Agape’s staff, counselors & board members at our annual Family Matters event! Definitely one for the books!!!

Family Matters 2018 has begun. We are proud to host speakers from across the state.
Our Keynote speaker today will be Dr Caroline Leaf.

Agape is proud to have hosted our Pastor’s Appreciation “Lunch & Learn” today. KC Blackketter presented on the ever-present topic of pastoral burnout. Titled “Keeping Your Candle Lit, Without Flaming Out”, he offered encouragement to our guests.
Many thanks to KC, Lindsey, Vaughny Taylor, and Greg Morris.

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Media | Dr. Caroline Leaf

We could not be more excited about our keynote speaker for this year's Family Matters Seminar! For more information about the seminar, please click on the events tab.

https://drleaf.com/media/anatomy-of-thought-part-1/

drleaf.com For years, Dr. Caroline Leaf has traveled the globe as an author and public speaker examining many aspects of the neuroscience world. As a leading Brain and Learning Specialist she discusses many things from controlling your thought life to managing stress.

Agape is at Midland College for the Mental Wellness Symposium.
Agape has opening in both Midland and Odessa.
Call 432-550-5683 for an Intake visit.

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God bless America!

New signs for the Odessa Agape office. Thank you Vaughny Taylor and grandson for making it happen.

Appointments are available in both the Odessa and Midland offices.

432-550-LOVE or 432-550-5683

God is so good!!! All our current Agape staff together (minus 4)!! Look at this fun and good looking bunch!!! Its amazing what Gods done with Agape! We love what we do and you can see it on our smiling faces ❤️ #keepingthedreamalive #togetherwearebetter #fortheloveofGodandourcommunity

This morning two of our team members attended NELC-Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certification-graduation! Interim Executive Director Tom Elrod gave the commencement speech & Operations Director Bea Merino Valerio graduated from the program! If you’re interested or you know someone that would be a great future non profit leader refer them to the Nonprofit Management Center for information on the next course dates!! nmc-pb.org

One of our counselors had this made for Michael & wrote the following words: Last Thursday night Jesus gave our dearly loved Michael Ballard, Agape Counseling Services executive director and co-founder, his traveling papers home. Space number 7 will never be the same. Michael was steadfast in his faith to the end, that God could heal his cancer if He chose. But God did not choose to do that. Michael was ready to go Home except he was a man who had so much more that he wanted to do ... for God and his love of Gods hurting people. Michael also did not want to leave his love, Jelene and hoped that if God healed him it would be profound assurance for his parents Toby and Vangie. If anyone ever asks me " who is your hero?" I now have an answer, though "hero" doesn't do this man justice. But honestly, if I was God I'd want Micheal too. Selfishly I just wish we'd had more time. Love you, miss you Michael.

[05/19/18]   Michael T Ballard memorial service:

Friday, May 25, 1 pm
Stonegate, Midland

Agape will be closed on Friday (May 25th) in honor of Michael.

[05/18/18]   Our beloved founder and leader, Michael Ballard has passed and gone home to be with Jesus. His body died peacefully at home last night at 11:27pm. His wife, Jelene & his dad were at his side.

Memorial services will be at Stonegate, Midland at a date & time to be determined. We will pass on more when we know more.

The Agape offices will be closed today, Friday May 18th.

[05/14/18]   We're hiring! Apply now.

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3500 N A St
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