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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.

Operating as usual

05/19/2021

Home

We've made over 50% of our goal for Permian Basin Gives!

#PermianBasinGives is an incredible opportunity for you to support the Agape counseling service without leaving your home. Your gifts will help us continue to change the lives of our community members!
Visit https://permianbasingives.org/ to make your donation.

Home Permian Basin Gives is a one day event encouraging area residents to create meaningful impact through the nonprofits that serve our communities.

05/18/2021

Thank you to all that have donated so far today, we are almost at the halfway mark to our goal of $15,000 today. There’s still time for you to make an impact in our community, visit https://permianbasingives.org and scroll to Agape to make your contribution.

Thank you to all that have donated so far today, we are almost at the halfway mark to our goal of $15,000 today. There’s still time for you to make an impact in our community, visit https://permianbasingives.org and scroll to Agape to make your contribution.

05/18/2021

Thank you to all those who have donated to Agape this morning, visit https://permianbasingives.org/ to make your donation!

Thank you to all those who have donated to Agape this morning, visit https://permianbasingives.org/ to make your donation!

05/17/2021

PermianBasinGives.org event is May 18th

PBgives is a one-day event supporting over 100 local nonprofit organizations. Agape is a partner in this fundraising drive.

Please consider a donation to Agape Counseling Services specifically tomorrow May 18th. New donors will be matched by a generous donor. The match strengthens your gift, but this day only.

PermianBasinGives.org event is May 18th

PBgives is a one-day event supporting over 100 local nonprofit organizations. Agape is a partner in this fundraising drive.

Please consider a donation to Agape Counseling Services specifically tomorrow May 18th. New donors will be matched by a generous donor. The match strengthens your gift, but this day only.

05/13/2021

Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) is a collaboration between the District Court System, the
Veteran assisting agencies, and Agape Counseling. If Vets get “crossways” with the law, they
have an option other than a probation protocol with sanctions. They now have VTC which adds
treatment opportunities with the possibility of expunging the offense. This is one way to honor
Vets and address the needs specific to military service.
Every donation on May 18th, large or small, is greatly appreciated and will go to help programs such as this!
Go to www.permianbasingives.org or www.agapewesttexas.org for more info.
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#PermianBasinGives #AgapeCounseling

Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) is a collaboration between the District Court System, the
Veteran assisting agencies, and Agape Counseling. If Vets get “crossways” with the law, they
have an option other than a probation protocol with sanctions. They now have VTC which adds
treatment opportunities with the possibility of expunging the offense. This is one way to honor
Vets and address the needs specific to military service.
Every donation on May 18th, large or small, is greatly appreciated and will go to help programs such as this!
Go to www.permianbasingives.org or www.agapewesttexas.org for more info.
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#PermianBasinGives #AgapeCounseling

05/11/2021

Permian Basin Gives is 7 days away!
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When you give to Agape Counseling Service of West Texas on May 18th, you support programs like ReInvent: Choose to Succeed.
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ReInvent: Choose to Succeed is a partnership between Agape Counseling and Coleman High School. Agape Counseling offers mentoring to students so they are not forced to face the challenges of life alone but have loving and listening adults walk beside them as they learn from their past and launch their future in the right direction.
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Every donation on May 18th, large or small, is greatly appreciated and will go to help programs such as this!
Go to www.permianbasingives.org or www.agapewesttexas.org for more info.
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#PermianBasinGives #AgapeCounseling

Permian Basin Gives is 7 days away!
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When you give to Agape Counseling Service of West Texas on May 18th, you support programs like ReInvent: Choose to Succeed.
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ReInvent: Choose to Succeed is a partnership between Agape Counseling and Coleman High School. Agape Counseling offers mentoring to students so they are not forced to face the challenges of life alone but have loving and listening adults walk beside them as they learn from their past and launch their future in the right direction.
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Every donation on May 18th, large or small, is greatly appreciated and will go to help programs such as this!
Go to www.permianbasingives.org or www.agapewesttexas.org for more info.
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#PermianBasinGives #AgapeCounseling

05/07/2021

Permian Basin Gives is 11 days away!
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When you give to Agape Counseling Service of West Texas on May 18th, you support programs like Cole’s Grace Project.
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Cole's Grace Project was founded by Rachel Austin - Wiebusch in honor of her son, Cole Austin, who died by su***de in 2015. The project was created with goal of "Easing the financial burden of immediate family members who desire grief counseling services after the loss of a loved one due to su***de or sudden or accidental death."
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Every donation on May 18, large or small, is greatly appreciated and will go to help programs such as this!
Go to www.permianbasingives.org or www.agapewesttexas.org for more info.
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#PermianBasinGives #ColesGraceProject #AgapeCounseling

Permian Basin Gives is 11 days away!
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When you give to Agape Counseling Service of West Texas on May 18th, you support programs like Cole’s Grace Project.
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Cole's Grace Project was founded by Rachel Austin - Wiebusch in honor of her son, Cole Austin, who died by su***de in 2015. The project was created with goal of "Easing the financial burden of immediate family members who desire grief counseling services after the loss of a loved one due to su***de or sudden or accidental death."
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Every donation on May 18, large or small, is greatly appreciated and will go to help programs such as this!
Go to www.permianbasingives.org or www.agapewesttexas.org for more info.
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#PermianBasinGives #ColesGraceProject #AgapeCounseling

05/04/2021

Mark your calendars, “Like”, and share this post!
We are thrilled to announce the exciting news about joining an amazing, ONE- DAY-ONLY giving event called #PermianBasinGives that will take place on May 18th, 2021!
Help us spread the word so that we can reach our goal of raising $15,000 on May 18th! We know we can do it, especially together!
To learn more about the Permian Basin Gives Event, visit www.permianbasingives.org

Mark your calendars, “Like”, and share this post!
We are thrilled to announce the exciting news about joining an amazing, ONE- DAY-ONLY giving event called #PermianBasinGives that will take place on May 18th, 2021!
Help us spread the word so that we can reach our goal of raising $15,000 on May 18th! We know we can do it, especially together!
To learn more about the Permian Basin Gives Event, visit www.permianbasingives.org

Loss, Grief, and the Holidays 12/18/2020

Loss, Grief, and the Holidays

Bryn Dodd is one of our beloved counselors here at Agape. Her loss has been unimaginable, yet her strength of character remains great. The attached article tells part of her story. Blessings to Bryn and her family.

Loss, Grief, and the Holidays I have held many titles in my life such as wife, daughter, sister, aunt, therapist, elected official and board member, but the title I have cherished the most is MOM. On Sept. 19, 2020, my world collapsed, and my life changed forever. My 18-year-old-son and two friends ran a stop sign and were hit b...

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08/31/2020

Today, Aug. 31, the community is encouraged to observe 32 seconds of silence at 3 pm, to honor the victims of the 2019 mass shooting.

08/25/2020

Agape Awareness Video

Please consider donating today on "Giving Tuesday". Agape will receive a 1:1 matching donation, which in effect doubles your donation.
Support thru Permian Basin Gives: https://permianbasingives.org/

https://youtu.be/rcUH-7cCaDg

Agape Counseling video of services provided

08/25/2020

Please consider donating to Agape and other organizations today via Permian Basin Gives. Your gift is doubled due to a generous match that is only available today.
Mission Statement: Agape exists to champion mental and behavioral health in the Permian Basin through a wide range of professional counseling services provided from a distinctly Christian perspective.
https://permianbasingives.org/

View our Agape video on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/rcUH-7cCaDg

http://agapewesttexas.org

08/11/2020

Permian Basin Gives is a one day event encouraging area residents to create meaningful impact through the nonprofits that serve our communities. Mark your calendars for August 25th! Agape is one of over a hundred nonprofit organizations joining together for this event!

05/05/2020

Team Agape!!
Call for an Intake appointment. Safety is a priority, so all sessions are completed via secure video conference. We are ready to serve.

04/23/2020

Agape Brand Awareness Video

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

Agape Counseling video of services provided

04/21/2020

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.

03/26/2020

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.

02/03/2020

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...

01/15/2020

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.

09/30/2019

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

09/24/2019

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.

eventbrite.com 08/30/2019

Pastor's Appreciation Lunch and Learn

eventbrite.com Agape Counseling Services of West Texas Appreciation Luncheon.

06/25/2019

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.

05/09/2019

Agape Counseling Services of West Texas's cover photo

05/03/2019

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!

05/01/2019

Agape Counseling Services of West Texas's cover photo

04/02/2019

Agape Counseling Services of West Texas's cover photo

[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!!!

03/10/2019

👩‍🎨🎨📞 call 432-550-5683 📓🖌👨‍🎨

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

03/05/2019

Agape Counseling Services of West Texas's cover photo

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Thanks to the numerous running and walking peeps of West Texas for coming out to the Superhero Dash 5k today! Over 300 p...
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Agape Counseling Open House of our new Odessa Campus sponsored by Central Baptist Church our new church partner. Sunday,...
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3500 N A St
Midland, TX
79705

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 4pm
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