Thursday, December 24, 2020

In Remembrance of Christ



Did you know that December 25th is not the actual birth date of Jesus Christ? 

Did you know that it was originally a celebration of Christ that was established by the Roman Catholic Church when they initiated a Mass during the same season that many civilizations were already engaged in various winter solstice celebrations of the sun god? 

That's how the term Christ Mass was established. It was all part of an effort to covert people to Christianity. However they failed to steer the people away from the sun god rituals in spite of the new Church-initiated Mass to celebrate the Son of God.

We share this with you because many skeptics use this well established historical fact to attack Christians who are ignorant of church history. They feel that this discrepancy, concerning the birth of Christ, gives them leverage to deny the Bible and the Son of God.

We're just providing a little more understanding as to why there is so much confusion and controversy surrounding December 25th.

Many Believers already know that the Bible never says that Christ was born in December. The point is that it doesn't matter that He wasn't born on December 25th. We assert that this church-initiated celebration was never an attempt to celebrate December 25th as Christ's date of birth

It was intended to celebrate the REALITY and PURPOSE for His birth.

Since millions of people have come into the Faith as Protestants, they have never been aware of the history behind December 25th. Most of that history is very negative and even involves an annual persecution of Jewish people on that day.

Over the years, the Christmas (Christ Mass) celebration has embraced many not-so Christian-like traditions and those traditions have become disconnected from historical facts and understanding. Of course the history is far more complicated than this, but we really don't have space to cover every detail in a simple newsletter. Hopefully, this will get you started in pursuing answers in your own personal study.

As a side note, many Biblical historians believe that Christ was actually born at a much more significant God-ordained time (perhaps in the Spring when sheep were giving birth). However, for most Jewish people, December 25th is directly connected with a negative history of persecution, and it is a 24-hour celebration declaring that there is another way to come to Jehovah God; so they want no part of it.

Over the past few weeks, we have been offering very important points for you to consider for making Godly responses to the sun-god-worship origins of December 25th. As Spiritual leaders and Searcher educators, we have decided to provide practical answers and solutions for you and your family.

Here are the four points we asked you to consider for responding to people who are caught in the midst of this controversy:

1.) Become all things to all men - 1 Corinthians 9:18-23

2.) Don’t allow your freedom to cause your brother to stumble - 1 Corinthians 8:4-13

3.) Use the opportunity (holiday) to bless your enemies - Matthew 5:43-45; and

4.) Continue in the early church lifestyle of giving to others/ helping the poor - Acts 2: 40-47

This week we are offering the fifth response:

5.) Consider a foundational Christian celebration: Partaking of the Lord's Table in Remembrance of Christ (Luke 22:14-20).

Jesus instructed His followers to partake of the communion table in remembrance of Him (Luke 22: 14-20). The holiday season is another perfect opportunity to place emphasis on Jesus Christ by gathering to do what HE instructed us to do. That's what we choose to do every year with our Fruitful Life Learning Community.

Millions of Believers will gather in sanctuaries or in their homes to partake of Holy communion and truly reflect upon the reason Christ came into the world.

These special gatherings remind us that the Son of God is not to be merely thought of as a baby lying in a manger, but as our Savior who was brutally beaten and nailed alive to a wooden cross. We should remember that He rose again from the dead to usher all of us into the Family and Kingdom of God.

As we stated last week, we are simply trying to communicate that in spite of the historical facts, controversies and conflicts that surround December 25th, CHRIST must truly become YOUR reason for this season and all year round.

The world will continue to celebrate the sun god (in all of its many names and forms) as part of their annual winter celebrations. WE must celebrate the SON of God and give a Godly RESPONSE to our non-believing family and friends, and to our Christian brothers and sisters who may not have this insight.

Enjoy the day and enjoy the season!



Chris and Carol Green have been called under-the-radar leaders in rebuilding, restoring and renewing hearts and homes. The Greens are certified professional life CARE coaches who founded C and C Connections, LLC, a coaching and consulting business that specializes in equipping leaders in the principles of CARE (Compassionate Awareness with Respect and Empathy); and the Fruitful Life Learning Community, a Spiritual Wellness Hub that provides personal and professional development for Christian Leaders and Apostolic oversight for home groups, house churches, and ministers.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Giving is Already Our Lifestyle

 


In the midst of a global pandemic people are struggling, trying to find a way to celebrate the holiday season. The entire year has been challenging and even as it wraps up, it still shows no sign of letting up on the relentless assault on our lives.

In years past, people of various faiths and religious beliefs have furiously battled over the appropriate way to deal with the holiday season. Even within Christianity there are debates about the way December 25th should be celebrated, or if it should be celebrated at all.

Over the past few weeks we have been offering very important points for us to consider for making Godly responses to the pagan origins of December 25th. As Faith leaders and Community Life CARE Coaches, we have decided to provide practical answers and suggestions for you and your family.

Here are the three points we asked you to consider for responding to people who are caught in the midst of the December 25th controversy:

1.) Become all things to all men - 1 Corinthians 9:18-23

2.) Don’t allow your freedom to cause your brother to stumble 
- 1 Corinthians 8:4-13

3.) Use the opportunity (holiday) to bless your enemies - Matthew 5:43-45

This week we are offering the fourth of five responses:

Response #4: 

***Continue steadfast in the early church lifestyle of giving 

- Acts 2: 40-47

In the early church, they developed a lifestyle of sharing with others and making intentional efforts to help those in need. This was not a practice that came out of pagan rituals. The Church did this as part of the overflow of the life of Christ within them.

Never think of gift-giving and helping the needy as only a holiday thing. It's simply a Godly response. December 25th just happens to be a great time to do what should come naturally for Believers all year.


Many people claim that they give presents to others because December 25th is Jesus' birthday. Hopefully, we have made it clear that Christmas was never intended to be celebrated as the birth date of Christ, but instead, the celebration of the fact that Christ came into the world to take away the sin of humanity.


Therefore, even though the reasoning behind the gift-giving claim is a bit misguided, the practice of gift-giving is not.

Today, we are urgently trying to communicate that in spite of the historical controversies and conflicts that surround December 25th, Christ must truly become YOUR reason for this season and all year round.

The world will continue to celebrate the SUN god (in all its many names and forms) as part of their annual winter celebrations. WE must celebrate the SON of God and give a Godly RESPONSE to our non-believing family and friends, and to our Christian brothers and sisters who may not have this insight.

Many religious leaders are preaching strongly about the negative issues that surround the winter holiday season. However, we believe that it is one thing to expose all the problems with December 25th, but it is another thing to actually offer a way for people to RESPOND in this season and bring Glory to God the Father.

Yes, we must speak the truth about December 25th, but what does it matter if we cannot present TRUTH in LOVE and take advantage of the opportunity to lead people to a genuine relationship with God through Jesus Christ?

Giving gifts and helping the needy is more than a December 25th thing; it's a Godly thing. God gave us the gift of His son. For God so loved the world that He gave..... 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

UGCSI Vice Chancellors, Chris and Carol Green Collaborating with Life Esteem Holistic Wellness Center

 

Chris and Carol Green with Pat and Nate Gadsden 
on the Life Esteem TV Program.

Pennsylvania, USA --- UGCSI Vice-Chancellors, Chris and Carol Green officially joined the Advisory Committee of the Life Esteem, Inc's Holistic Wellness Initiative in South Central Pennsylvania. 

“I’m honored that these two phenomenal people accepted my invitation to join our Advisory Committee,” said Pat Gadsden who is the co-founder of the Life Esteem Holistic Wellness Center; and for more than 40 years, has been the Capital Region’s recognized leader in health and wellness for the urban community. 

“We met the Gadsden about three years ago when we were asked to speak at a fund raiser for another wonderful organization in our community,” shares Professor Carol Green, “At the conclusion of that event, the Gadsdens invited us to their Life Esteem television program.  A few months later, the Life Esteem team went through our CARE-Ready Coaching training. Afterwards, we worked with Pat, providing co-training for the staff of a local women’s shelter. And of course, we’ve been present together at several community events.”

Pat is a successful entrepreneur and respected trainer. She provides consultant services to businesses, state agencies, institutions of higher education, and human-service organizations. When the opportunity came from the State's Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs for Life Esteem to extend services to the Opioid Recovery Community through Holistic Wellness workshops, the Greens were not only brought on board to co-facilitate, but to also join the Holistic Wellness Committee. 

As Vice-Chancellors of Administrative Leadership at United Graduate College and Seminary International (UGCSI), the Greens emphasize and teach "The Process that Leads to Success" in their Professional Development of the institution's global consortium of Searcher Professors. In this role, they not only provide instruction through experiential success, but they also lead by example in their local community.

“We were honored and humbled to be asked to join this prestigious Committee,” commented Professor Chris Green, “The Gadsdens are major influencers in this community and we felt it was a natural fit to unite our efforts with this initiative. We believe we can all be much more effective through innovative, solution-based collaboration.”

As the world's leading producers of CARE-Ready Coaches™, Vice-Chancellors Chris and Carol Green teach and train community, government and education leaders, human service organizers, business visionaries, and neighborhood dreamers how to be much more effective by embracing the principles of CARE (Compassionate Awareness with Respect and Empathy) in their professional and personal lives. They LISTEN to people, LIFT people and LAUNCH people. Then they equip and empower them to do the same for others.

If you want to be trained and empowered to coach or mentor with a purpose that's greater than yourself, EXPLORE THAT POSSIBILITY at   http://www.CandCconnections.com/lifecoachtraining

Saturday, December 12, 2020

UGCSI Vice Chancellors, Chris and Carol Green on Spiritual Wellness Panel, Engage Opioid Recovery Community

UGCSI Vice-Chancellors address attendees of Spiritual Wellness Panel Discussion

Pennsylvania, USA ----UGCSI Vice-Chancellors Chris and Carol Green participated as Panelist in a Spiritual Wellness Workshop at the Life Esteem Holistic Wellness Center in Harrisburg, PA, USA.  The session was one of eight workshops that were provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The workshops walk through the Eight Dimensions of Wellness and are designed to help individuals and family members of those who are recovering from opioid addiction.

The Eight Dimensions of Wellness are: Environmental Wellness, Occupational Wellness, Intellectual Wellness, Emotional Wellness, Social Wellness, Financial Wellness, Physical Wellness and Spiritual Wellness.

“It was an honor to be part of this today,” stated Prof. Chris Green. “We met two other awesome panelists, and their journeys and perspectives on Spiritual Wellness were inspiring.”

The other panelists were Jennifer Parsons, who is pursuing Chaplaincy and a Master of Divinity Degree at Eastern Mennonite Seminary; and Vikram Pattarkine, a keen student of yoga and practitioner for over four decades, who follows and actively promotes a natural plant-based diet for personal health and the planet’s sustainability.

All of the workshops have been facilitated by La-Verna Fountain, an influential and respected expert in the fields of Communications, Conflict Resolution and Transformational Speaking, who is an in-demand resource for corporations, organizations, non-profits, and community leaders across all sectors. She brought the Greens on board as presenters of the Occupational Wellness Workshop and as guest on the Spiritual Wellness panel. The workshops were conducted from September through December 2020.

“For us, Spiritual Wellness is about having every aspect of your life to come from a motivation of love,” the Greens shared with the attendees. “By love, we mean God, because God is love. It was the fundamental motivation in our 40 years of marriage, our parenting, in our evolutionary process, and in all of our experiential success.”

The main objectives of today’s session were for the participants to come away with an understanding of what is meant by the term  ‘Spiritual Wellness’, to have considered their own spiritual health, and to know the difference between spiritual wellness and religion. From the feedback that was offered at the conclusion of the 3-hour session, the goals were achieved and the audience was thoroughly enriched and encouraged in their spiritual health pursuits.

Editors Note: Watch a brief video clip of the Professors' presentation at   https://vimeo.com/490334971

Friday, December 11, 2020

The Gift of Forgiveness

 

A couple weeks ago we started discussing the controversies surrounding various December celebrations and traditions; and how we, as Believers, must stop merely REACTING to the negative origins of December 25th and begin making a wise RESPONSE to this season.


We are offering at least Five Godly Responses to December 25th.

So far we have presented two responses:
#1: Become All Things to All Men from 1 Corinthians 9:18-23 (NKJV)
#2: Don’t allow your freedom to cause your brother to stumble from 1 Corinthians 8:9-13 (NKJV)

This week we’re offering response #3 - Use the opportunity (holiday) to love, bless, do good and pray for your enemies, haters and persecutors. 

In years past (before our current Covid-19 lock down), many people were giving in to the pressure to buy gifts and they’d run up huge credit card bills to do it.  One holiday season, we saw a celebrity on a talk show and he said the only thing he asked his family and friends to give him was a gift that doesn’t cost any money. So he simply asked for a letter, a poem, a song, a phone call, etc. It is truly amazing how one of the richest people in America has a request for the most important things in life. Meanwhile, many financially struggling people in America try to spend money.

We plan to enjoy the holiday by spending time with one another. We are focusing on our relationships; even the relationships that are not doing so well. We encourage you to do the same.

In Matthew 5:43-45 (NKJV), Jesus said: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust."

This may seem radical, but we believe that we can use this holiday season as an opportunity to bless those who are our enemies.

What a marvelous time to do something so completely unexpected that it truly personifies what it means to be a child of our Father in heaven. Just like HE provides sunshine and rain (both of these are blessings) to evil and good people, we can express His goodness and mercy in a tangible way as well.

For many of us, we don’t have to think too hard to come up with a name or two of people whom we could bless in this way. Before covid-19, many people were going to scramble through shopping malls trying to find the perfect gift for someone who is very special to them. But what if they had included in those lists, a couple of people who don’t like them very much?

In these harsh economic times, most people don’t have very much money for purchasing gifts and the holiday season has become more of a burden of obligation. However, we encourage you to consider those who spitefully used you or even persecuted you. It might be something as simple as sending a greeting card or sending a text message or greeting.

One year the Holy Spirit showed me that I had buried unforgiveness regarding a childhood bully. Just mentioning his name brought up old feelings of anger and resentment. So the Lord impressed upon me to start the cleansing process by sending a Christmas card with a letter. It was to be the first step in blessing someone who persecuted me long ago.

What names and faces come into your thoughts as you consider this Godly response? Don’t hesitate. Take advantage of this season to respond like a child of God. Give the gift of forgiveness. 

Respond by blessing your enemies.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Professors of Process Teach Validation Through Experiential Success

 

With Chancellor Pitzl and Chief Chancellor Rivers, online professors 
Chris and Carol Green address the Searcher Professors of UGCSI


UGCSI - Today, Vice Chancellors, Professors Chris and Carol Green, joined with the Chief Chancellor (H.E. Sir Clyde Rivers) and Chancellor (Prof. Michal Pitzl) of United Graduate College and Seminary International in the final online Professional Development session of 2020.

"Professors Chris and Carol were phenomenal today," commented Chancellor Pitzl following a 1-hour course titled Experiential Success and the Searcher Model. "They are the perfect example of what it means to obtain success through experience and process. This is the reason they are Vice-Chancellors at UGCSI."

The UGCSI Professors of Process provided practical tools and tips on various methods and strategies to engage communities, build goodwill, and establish a foundation for success in owning a stage (or number one position) in one's field of expertise.

Searcher professors are the front-line evidence builders and experiential success pioneers of an entirely different model of education known as Searcher Education or Authorship Education. In this model, Searcher Educators are experts by experience.  That experience is the foundation of Authorship Education: A Lifelong Learning System. 

According to Rivers and Pitzl, "Authorship Education came from a collective need, from all walks of life, from several continents of the world; from everyday people looking for solutions to everyday life issues. Authorship Education drives to real life and is a lifelong learning system that changes societies. It believes that each person has a gift, skill and solution that was given by God, and therefore can 'author' their own philosophy." 

UGCSI is a private, fully accredited Christian College and Seminary, headquartered at Kayiwa International University, that provides its students an e-learning education model for their ministry training. With excellent Biblical programs, as well as accelerated ministry degree programs, it offers a truly practical, well-rounded international ministry education experience.

In June of 2020, Chris and Carol Green were announced as UGCSI's new Vice Chancellors of Administrative Leadership. This couple was positioned to lead the Professional Development of its Global Consortium of Searcher Professors/ Educators.

As affiliate members and International Statesmen with iChange Nations™, Chris and Carol Green partnered with UGCSI to provide an accelerated, ministry-accredited life coaching certification program. After successfully establishing this International Leadership Life Coaching Program in the United States, the Greens were invited to join the leadership team as Vice Chancellors.

"The Greens helped our professors see that their experiential success brings validation," concluded Chancellor Pitzl. "We consider Professors Chris and Carol to be at the top of their field and leading experts in educating the world about the process that brings success."

Chris and Carol Green received formal Christian Leadership Training (a 5-year school of ministry) from Dr. Raphael Green (D.Ed.Min) who founded the Metro Christian Discipleship Academy in Saint Louis, Missouri; earning licenses and ordinations as ministers in May of 1991. To further enhance his education, Chris completed two business certification programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ School of Professional and Continuing Studies. They both completed a lay-counseling certificate program from the American Association of Christian Counselors.

They continued to expand and grow in their professional development through their enrollment in United Graduate College and Seminary International (UGCSI), where they received Bachelors and Masters degrees in Christian Leadership, as well as certification as master life coaches through its Colleges of Christian Education and Divinity: Educational Department.

Friday, December 4, 2020

A Matter of Conscience


It might be difficult to conceive, but there are millions of people who have real issues with December 25th. 

Last week we began discussing some of the controversies surrounding December 25th and how we, as Believers, can stop merely REACTING to the negative origins of that date and begin making wise RESPONSES to this season.

We are offering at least Five Godly Responses to December 25th.

Last week we presented response #1: Become All Things to All Men, according to 1 Corinthians 9:18-23.

This week we offer Response #2: 

Don’t allow your freedom to cause your brother to stumble - 1 Corinthians 8:4-13 (NKJV)

In his first letter to the church in Corinth, Paul was dealing with a matter that was very similar to the controversial Christmas issues. Some Believers were participating in the practice of eating food that was offered to idols. They didn’t feel restricted because they knew that the idols were not real gods and they also knew that what goes into a person is not what defiles them.

It’s the same for Christian Believers today who participate in modern Christmas rituals that have proven historical foundation in idol worship. They feel, just as those early Believers, that they are free in Christ Jesus. Therefore, they have no problem with the negative origins.

However, Paul admonished those early Believers to not allow their freedom to cause another brother to stumble. He explained that due to his brother's conscience, he did not have internal permission to participate in that practice of eating food offered to idols.

If another Believer is struggling with our practices, it may wound their conscience. Paul actually says that we sin against our brother and Christ. The sin is not the practice itself, but it is in how the participation affects our brothers.

Let’s read the letter: “Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one. For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.

However, there is not in everyone that knowledge; for some, with consciousness of the idol, until now eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse.

But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols? And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.”


We realize that even though there are many things that are okay for Chris and Carol to do, but as Spiritual coaches and spiritual leaders in this community, they are not always expedient. Some things are not wise for us to do. Some things are not beneficial for us to do. There are many things that we were at liberty to say and do in Missouri that have proven to be offensive in Pennsylvania. So we don't do them for the sake of our brothers and sisters in this region and their culture.

Why abstain? Well, because we have an extremely important mission and purpose for being in Pennsylvania. Some of our freedoms could go beyond merely offending another brother, and could actually cause them to stumble. Paul says that some of our freedoms could actually wound another brother’s conscience. Our freedoms can even cause others, who are outside of the Faith, to continue in their ungodly practices. 

So, we have learned that some things are just not worth it. Why risk losing potential brothers and sisters or wounding current brothers and sisters?

What are we saying to you today? We're saying, please be very careful of what you practice in this controversial season. Allow the Holy Spirit to give you the 'yea and nay' about what you do. Don't question Him. Just obey Him.

We cannot, do not, must not, and will not dictate what goes on in your home. We’re not the December 25th police! God knows who is in your family and He knows the people who are part of your life. You might be connected to people with whom your response is based upon what we mentioned last week ….I have become, to those who are without law, as without law.

Most of today’s December 25th practices don’t cause people any internal conflict because they have no knowledge of the history. But if you are closely connected with family members who have issues with these things, be very wise and sensitive to where they are in their conscience. They would require the response from last week's scripture .…I become to those who are under the law, as under the law.

Remember, a person’s beliefs are often deeply rooted in teachings, personal understanding, personal interpretation, cultural or familial upbringing, history and life-long experiences. 

It really is a matter of their conscience. Don’t force someone to violate their own conscience. It’s not simply a matter of whether THEY are right or wrong about December 25th. Don’t let your freedom cause your brother to stumble.

Respond with understanding, patience and love.

Friday, November 27, 2020

The Holiday Challenge

 


It’s that time again. It’s the holiday season. Even in the midst of a pandemic, people are still trying to make time for family, fellowship, food and festivities. 

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us we're going to start talking about December 25th. That's because, the day after Thanksgiving is the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. Therefore, we're going to take advantage of this annual launch to start talking about December 25th and what it truly means today.

Did you know that many people feel that Christmas should not be celebrated?

When you learn about some of its history you can understand why. Here are just a few reasons why it is not celebrated in many sectors of American society. You might have family or friends who feel this way:

  1. December 25th is just a capitalistic marketing ploy to manipulate the masses to spend money.
  2. There is no Christian church validation that Jesus was really born on December 25th.
  3. December 25th is a day on which Jews have been shamed, tortured and murdered.
  4. Many of the most popular December 25th customs – including decorated trees, mistletoe, gift-giving and Santa Claus – are modern incarnations of some of the most depraved pagan rituals ever practiced on earth.
  5. Most December 25th customs evolved from pagan rituals and practices and, therefore, should never be observed.

We agree that these are all very strong arguments for not participating in the festivities of the holiday. Many preachers across America will accurately and systematically destroy any reason a Christian Believer could possibly be connected to this season of the year.

However, as you know, we have built a reputation on diving into controversial topics and we’re about to add more fuel to that fire.

Many Christians and religious people have taken the position that it is wrong to embrace things that were perverted and sinful in their origins. They feel we should never attempt to use these things for God. 

However, that's exactly what God did with us. Even though we were born in sin and shaped in iniquity, Christ died for us while we were still sinners. For anyone who receives Him, He gives them the power to become children of God. He changes us and sets us apart for His purpose. He didn't allow our sinful origins to keep us away from His divine purpose.

Now, as His children, we have the opportunity to take advantage of a season that has very negative origins and highly commercialized, money-making schemes. This is one of the special times in which our families can be exposed to the reality of Jesus Christ and the true reason why He came to earth.

We believe that we must do much more than just debate about all the reasons why we should not celebrate December 25th. Most people simply REACT to the negative aspects of it. We believe that we need to provide Believers Godly ways to RESPOND to this season.

Beginning this week, and up until Christmas Day, we want to give you Five Godly Responses to the Pagan Origins of December 25th.

This week we’re presenting response #1: 

Become All Things to All Men.

In 1 Corinthians 9:18-23, Paul writes, "For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you."

We see the holiday season as the perfect opportunity to connect with many different kinds of people. This scripture does not mean that we become hypocrites and pretenders in order to indulge in secular practices. This is talking about connecting with people ON THEIR LEVEL of understanding. This is about identifying with them, the same way Christ identified with all of mankind.

Don't shun people because of what they believe or practice during this season. Don't isolate yourself from the office party or the family gathering because they may have traditions or rituals that are against your beliefs. Become all things to all men, so that you might by all means save some.

We'll give you a week to ponder over these thoughts! Please watch for next week's posting as we provide another way to avoid merely REACTING to, but instead, wisely RESPONDING to the pagan origins of December 25th.



Friday, November 20, 2020

Professors of Searcher Education Close 2020 With New Milestone, Over 80 Coaches Certified

 


UGCSI, USA ---Professors Chris and Carol Green, graduated their second and final Video Conference-based Coaching Certification Class in 2020. This class included students from Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

“Congratulations to our new CARE-Ready Life Coaches," commented facilitators Chris and Carol Green. "They overcame personal struggles, hospital emergencies, the Covid-19 lock down, and life upheavals to work through our accelerated, rigorous training that included live video conferencing, homework assignments, probing discussions, and self discovery; which all led to tonight: Official Certification as CARE-Ready Life Coaches.”

After working through 10 weeks (15 hours) of instruction, the newest CARE-Ready Coaches™ successfully passed an online exam, submitted their personalized life coaching field manuals, and made class presentations to express how they were each going to meet the challenges of implementing their coaching models in the community.

“All of 2020 has been challenging,” explains Professor Chris Green, “We launched a class back in March, when the Covid-19 lock downs first started. We instantly shifted that group of students to a live video conferencing format and they graduated in May. After a lull through the summer months, we launched a class in September and that group of students showed great resiliency to reach this very special night to celebrate their accomplishments.”

As affiliate members and International Statesmen with iChange Nations™, Professors Chris and Carol Green partnered with United Graduate College and Seminary International (UGCSI) to offer an accelerated, ministry-accredited life coaching certification program. Their collaborative purpose and mission has been, to offer leaders, working in under-served communities, high-quality tools that empower and equip them to be more effective in their humanitarian efforts. 

The Greens, who are also Vice-Chancellors of Administrative Leadership and Professors of Searcher Education at UGCSI, have now trained and certified 84 CARE-Coaches since launching their CARE-Ready Coaching Certification program. These 21st-century, success-ready coaches are dispersed among several organizations, agencies, and outreaches across their city, region, and the United States.

Comments from the students of this graduating class of November 2020 included:

“It was such a privilege to take this trainingWhen I first started this training I had some assumptions, but by the time I got through this course my assumptions were challenged and diminished."

"In the words of author, Ever Garrison, “A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge and wisdom in the pupils.” My recent acquisition as a certified life coach poignantly personifies both of your efforts. You have empowered me. I will use this knowledge to enhance my opportunities as a life coach. Thank you for stretching my horizons.."

"This class was awesome and emotional because we had to go through every single thing that we are going to put other people through; which means we had to really deal with some junk in our own closets. This course adjusted my outlook on what it will mean to life coach others."

"There's been times I didn't think I would make it and the classes helped me in the process I was going through. Thank you to the Greens; you have been angels in my life."


Watch the Replay of the Online Ceremony HERE

As the world's leading producers of CARE-Ready Coaches™, Chris and Carol Green teach and train community, government and education leaders, human service organizers, business visionaries, and neighborhood dreamers how to be much more effective by embracing the principles of CARE (Compassionate Accountability with Respect and Empathy) in their professional and personal lives. They LISTEN to people, LIFT people and LAUNCH people. Then they equip and empower them to do the same for others.

Many coaching, mentoring and community outreach programs employ what is known as a "deficit model" of working with people. That's where you focus on the problems (deficits) of a person, and then apply a set of pre-determined, cookie cutter steps and treatments to address their issues. The deficit-based model is what many well-meaning Helpers use, but it rarely works long-term, leaving Helpers wondering why their clients fail to break the cycles of addiction and recidivism.

However, CARE-Ready Coaching™ mirrors the principles found in the proven, Best Practice strategies of Strength-based, Solution-focused models. CARE-Ready coaches are trained to connect with people in order to build a relationship/ partnership that empowers the client; thus allowing the client to discover the solutions that will work best for them.

Also, while many coaching programs focus on how to target potential high-paying affluent clients, and high-paying speaking opportunities, the Greens train, equip and empower Care-Ready Providers and Coaches™, who are willing to take on the most often overlooked people of society; those who live in under-served communities, who can least afford, but benefit the most from professional guidance.

If you want to be trained and empowered to coach or mentor with a purpose that's greater than yourself, EXPLORE THAT POSSIBILITY at   http://www.CandCconnections.com/lifecoachtraining

Thursday, November 12, 2020

UGCSI Chancellor and Vice-Chancellors Share Experiential Success on The Africa Civility Show

Maputo, Mozambique, Africa ---- UGCSI Chancellor, Prof. Michal Pitzl, and Vice Chancellors, Profs. Chris and Carol Green were guest on The Africa Civility Show, hosted by Professor Mateus Mutola. 

The Africa Civility Show is a Live stream platform based in Mozambique, Africa, for the gathering of hundreds of thoughtful and iconic Leaders, Influencers, Humanitarians and Doers from around the world, who share a common interest in practical solutions for the sustainable development of Africa.

The Africa Civility Show expects to reshape the way the world thinks about and looks at Africa and help rebuild her confidence in herself, so she becomes the Oasis of the world.

"We were very excited about the opportunity to share some of the solutions that have been working in our field of expertise," the Greens expressed after the show. "It is an incredible honor to bring our contribution to the vision of Professor Mutola."

As authorities in their field of Searcher Education and Life CARE Coaching, Vice Chancellors, Professors Chris and Carol Green were interviewed along with Chancellor, Professor Michal Pitzl of United Graduate College and Seminary International. Together they delivered nuggets of wisdom for viewers in the Continent and Diaspora, how they have used the Searcher Education concept to benefit humanity and hence, how Africans can use the very same concepts to build themselves and the continent at large.

The Greens were specially handpicked in collaboration with H. E. Ambassador Dr. Sir Clyde Rivers to participate on the Show as Speakers / Panelist. The event took place on Wednesday, (Veterans Day in the USA), November 11th, 2020. Theme for discussion: Searcher Educations' Role in Generational Transformation.

Watch a video that features their commentary at https://vimeo.com/478963739


Saturday, October 31, 2020

UGCSI Vice Chancellors, Chris and Carol Green Promote God's Process of Success on Greatness TV


London, UK ---Chris and Carol Green were guest on the Greatness TV show, which was created and produced Dr. Patrick Businge, EdD, PhD, DFSHC, the Chancellor of Greatness University, the world’s first institution dedicated to discovering, developing and delivering greatness in individuals and organizations.

As dedicated greatness creators, GU’s team members, business partners and global ambassadors are always researching, rewarding and celebrating greatness and acknowledging legends, creators, leading lights, masters and icons of greatness in the world.

"We are extremely honored to be on Greatness TV," the Greens commented after the show. "We want to express our gratitude to Dr. Businge for providing this global platform to share the process of success that we have been teaching people in under-served communities in America."

The Greens are the world's leading producers of CARE-Ready Responders and Life CARE Coaches™. They have been teaching and training community, government and education leaders, human service organizers, business visionaries, and neighborhood dreamers how to be much more effective by embracing the principles of CARE (Compassionate Awareness with Respect and Empathy) in their professional and personal lives. They LISTEN to, LIFT up and LAUNCH people. Then they equip and empower them to do the same for others through their coaching and consulting business known as C and C Connections.

Chris and Carol Green are also Vice Chancellors of Administrative Leadership and Professors of Searcher Education at United Graduate College and Seminary International. They each hold Bachelor and Masters degrees in Christian Leadership and they are recipients of honorary doctorates in Christian Leadership (Chris) and Humanities (Carol); as well as honorary doctorates in Society and Human Rights (both).

Last, but not least, they are the founders of the Fruitful Life Network of Ministries which serves, equips and empowers people of Faith through: Fruitful Living, Fruitful Learning and Fruitful Legacy.

Watch the livestream TV broadcast and learn more about their success in their lives, marriage, business and ministry.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

UGCSI Leaders Provide Professional Development for International Professors

 

With Chancellor Pitzl and Chief Chancellor Rivers, online professors 
Chris and Carol Green address the Searcher Professors of UGCSI


UGCSI - Today, Vice Chancellors, Professors Chris and Carol Green, joined with the Chief Chancellor (H.E. Sir Clyde Rivers) and the Chancellor (Prof. Michal Pitzl) of United Graduate College and Seminary International in an online Professional Development session for its global consortium of Searcher Professors.

"Professors Chris and Carol were complete leaders for our professors today," commented Chancellor Pitzl following a powerful, paradigm-shifting session. "Dr. Rivers and I had complete confidence that they could address every professor on that stage, and give each of them understanding in the process of being Searcher Professors."

Searcher professors are the front-line evidence builders and experiential success pioneers of an entirely different model of education known as Searcher Education or Authorship Education. In this model, Searcher Educators are experts by experience.  That experience is the foundation of Authorship Education: A Lifelong Learning System. 

According Rivers and Pitzl, "Authorship Education came from a collective need, from all walks of life, from several continents of the world; from everyday people looking for solutions to everyday life issues. Authorship Education drives to real life and is a lifelong learning system that changes societies. It believes that each person has a gift, skill and solution that was given by God, and therefore can 'author' their own philosophy." 

UGCSI is a private, fully accredited Christian College and Seminary, headquartered at Kayiwa International University, that provides its students an e-learning education model for their ministry training. With excellent Biblical programs, as well as accelerated ministry degree programs, it offers a truly practical, well-rounded international ministry education experience.

In June of 2020, Chris and Carol Green were announced as UGCSI's new Vice Chancellors of Administrative Leadership. This couple was positioned to lead the Professional Development of its Global Consortium of Searcher Professors/ Educators.

As affiliate members and International Statesmen with iChange Nations™, Chris and Carol Green partnered with UGCSI to provide an accelerated, ministry-accredited life coaching certification program. After successfully establishing this International Leadership Life Coaching Program in the United States, the Greens were invited to join the leadership team as Vice Chancellors.

"It is such a blessing to lead with both of them," concluded Chancellor Pitzl.

Chris and Carol Green received formal Christian Leadership Training (a 5-year school of ministry) from Dr. Raphael Green (D.Ed.Min) who founded the Metro Christian Discipleship Academy in Saint Louis, Missouri; earning licenses and ordinations as ministers in May of 1991. To further enhance his education, Chris completed two business certification programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ School of Professional and Continuing Studies. They both completed a lay-counseling certificate program from the American Association of Christian Counselors.

They continued to expand and grow in their professional development through their enrollment in United Graduate College and Seminary International (UGCSI), where they received Bachelors and Masters degrees in Christian Leadership, as well as certification as master life coaches through its Colleges of Christian Education and Divinity: Educational Department.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Making the Connection Outside of the Church Walls


Chris and Carol Green (D.Hon.Causa)
UGCSI Professors of Process


We didn't leave the ministry. We left one method. We didn't leave the Church. We left a building. We didn't abandon a congregation. We embraced a community.

A few years ago, we came across an article by Rod Edmonson, in which he provided 7 Ways to Become a Community-Building Pastor. We knew that finding that article was not a coincidence. It was confirmation that we were moving in the right direction. 

One of the keys to our success, as we transitioned from our roles as local pastors to becoming community LIFE CARE coaches, was to follow the advice of that pastor who had a passion for church planting. We applied those principles as we planted a community-focused business in an urban neighborhood.

In his article, Rod Edmonson wrote: How can a pastor—or ministry leader—be a community builder? I don’t have all the ideas, but I have some suggestions:

1. Know key leaders - I think you should know who the leaders in the community are and know as many of them personally as possible.

2. Listen to concerns - Wherever you are, wherever you go, whatever you do in the community—whether at city hall, a school meeting or the grocery store or barbershop, listen to hear the things people are talking about around you.

3. Love what they love - I am intentionally trying to love the people to whom God has placed me to minister—and part of that—as I would do for any family member—is learning to love the things they love.

4. Learn the community - make appointments with people who are known in the community for their years of service to the community.

5. Build your community network - I’m consistently asking people to connect me with people I should know in the community.

6. Serve somewhere in the community, besides your church - we need to lead the way so that others in the church will serve in the community also.

7. Lead your church to be community builders - This isn't something we do in a campaign once a year. This must be a lifestyle—getting the church into the community—being community builders—so we can eventually be Kingdom builders.


We went through a five-year transition that included this advice. These connections not only gave us a voice in the community, but it gave us the opportunity to share our faith.

Chris and Carol Green at PA Career LinkWe were convicted for trying to rebuild, restore and renew hearts and homes without placing the main emphasis on Evangelism and Discipleship. People in the community must hear the gospel of the Kingdom. People in the Church have to be shown how to live out their faith. And through this process, we were able to declare and demonstrate the good news of the Kingdom of God and teach Believers how to walk it out daily.

Even in these modern times, with all of our impressive technology and information, it all still comes down to that same commandment that Jesus Christ gave to His followers:

And He said to them, “Go into ALL THE WORLD and preach (declare and demonstrate) the gospel to every creature."  Mark 16:15 (NKJV)

Professors Chris and Carol Green

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Chosen for Success

Professors of Process
Drs. Chris and Carol Green (Hon. Causa)

A Best-Practice Principle and Discipline

Next year (2021) we will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. There’s nothing like celebrating the success of a happy and fulfilling marriage, family, ministry and business, and with that milestone has come an oft repeated question: “How did you do it?” We learned that we were chosen for success.

How do you summarize forty years?  It is staggering for us to say that number. How did we raise three African American sons in a racially hostile environment? How did we manage to hold on through seasons of unemployment that caused us to lose two homes by foreclosure, and bear the humiliation of two automobile repossessions? How did we manage to hold on through excessive hours of work while starting a ministry, and a church, and another ministry, and a business? How did we manage to hold on through emergencies, hospitalizations, attending the funerals of family and friends, and keep moving on while consoling one another? How do you summarize holding on to a dream from God, but waking up to the journey of Biblical examples and challenges similar to Abraham, Moses or Joseph?

On this side of the journey, as empty-nester grandparents, we’re very reflective now. We’re writing a book about that journey to be titled: You are Success in Process. We’ve also built an online educational platform to prepare, equip and empower others who are following in our footsteps. We’re intentionally establishing a legacy and baton-passing plan so that our children and their children will know the WHY behind their fore parent’s lives; so they will know the motivation that kept us moving forward even when everything around us was falling apart.

Success comes by process and understanding where you are in that process. We think about the different seasons that we went through, and how we had seasons of prosperity and seasons of leanness. We describe it like the natural four seasons. There have been seasons of autumn, when the leaves were falling and then there were seasons of winter, when everything just seemed to be dead. There were seasons of spring when life was returning, and then the seasons of summer when positive things were happening.

We learned to flow in all of the seasons. You can be thinking that because it’s your summer time, that you have arrived at your ultimate destiny. The weather's great, you’re feeling good. You’re reaping the benefits of your labor.  But actually, it’s just one season of summer. It's not your ultimate arrival time and place. It's not the fulfilment of ALL that God has promised and wants to do with your life. 

After we go through a summer season, then fall (autumn) comes, and many of us start to think that we failed because the same trees (ideas and plans) that were bearing fruit, and flourishing, now we're watching the leaves turn brown and yellow, and they're falling off. And we’re like, “God, what happened?” 

What was happening was that we were shedding things that we couldn’t carry into the future. We were moving into another rotation of seasons. 

And then comes winter, which is a season of waiting and purification. This is the season for having our motives and desires tested and proven. We had to learn how to receive help from others and get past pride.  We had to learn the humility of not having it all together all the time.

Spring can be like the last months of pregnancy.  You are anxiously, impatiently, and uncomfortably waiting for this new life to come; however, you know there’s a painful transition required to bring the new life into the world. The spring season closes the door on your last autumn and winter. It’s the signal for new life and looking ahead.

Then comes the summer season: We refer to summer as the test of blessing. Do you forget God when His promises are coming true? Do you forget your journey, the lessons, and from where He brought you? Summer requires stepping out of your comfort zone and becoming transparent about your success. We’ve seen it in ourselves and in others who become impatient, critical and show little patience or compassion for people who are still in the middle of their struggle and pain.

So learning to flow in all seasons is what brought us to greater maturity and understanding about what was going on in our lives. Now from this place, nearly 40 years later, we can answer a few questions like: How did we deal with the pain that comes through disappointment and the hurt when expectations are not coming to pass?

We offer these nuggets of wisdom from our process of success:

1.) Start with our Creator: Did we really hear God’s voice? 

The pain drove us to our knees and seeking God for wisdom. We had to be brutally honest with ourselves about our life choices. Walking back through our decisions was a key to understanding how we got into some of the bad situations. We had to ask ourselves if every pursuit, purchase or passion was from a Godly motivation or from emotional or mental cravings for affirmation or attention.

2.) Ask the hard questions.

Be honest with yourself; don’t blame anyone or anything else. 

Was this setback a result of missing something in the instruction or wisdom of God? 

Did we really count up the cost?

Did we follow God’s steps?

Did we skip any steps to go faster in laying a foundation for what we wanted to build?

3.) Include preparation for storms and opposition.

In asking the hard questions, the answers came right away. We had to spend more time in preparation and planning before launching forth in pursuit of our goals and dreams.

a.) We had to learn the difference between chasing a fantasy versus following a dream.

b.) We had to learn how to recognize and follow the voice and will of God.

c.) We began to seek the wise counsel of those who have a history of success. This involved a wide range of knowledge and advice, ranging from certification programs from a local university, to attending personal and professional development workshops and seminars. We had 1:1 conversations with experts and spontaneous moments with elders or more experienced family members and friends. We could not do it alone.

Notice that this step involved making an investment in ourselves. We had to decide what was most important. Do you want to pay for an internet entertainment subscription or do you want to invest in a program or course to learn more about your dream career/ business, or even yourself?

4.)  Choose to press pass the pain and press toward God. 

Discernment was extremely important.  It gave us the ability to let go of things and people that we could not carry into our future. The only thing you’re giving up is your view or expectation in favor of God’s view and expectations. It’s a process of maturity and learning about who God really is.

Many believers have not been taught the whole word (counsel) of God in context. They have had incomplete (false) teachings about faith, been given fancy clich├ęs, and rely on social media memes, so their foundations are built on sand.  They’ve been taught to say: I’m building my life, expecting no failure. Therefore, they’re not trained in how to handle the unexpected storms.  Some are not willing to learn how to persevere. But it’s important to know that God is not only working on what you will do when you reach your destination. God is always working on WHO YOU WILL BE at His destination.  

The process of success is the lifelong manifestation of God’s answers, solutions and messages that are coming through your life. We come into this world and are educated and groomed according to the ways of man. Since humans are finite beings, whatever humans manufacture or create is also finite. Human ideas, even when successful, have an expiration date. However, when we learn the ways of God, and yield to His way of thinking, we will have access to the infinite resources of God.  

With that new revelation, our disappointments and setbacks began to build intestinal fortitude, to make us wiser and infinitely more effective than those who are considered wise in this world.  For us, failure is not destruction and it’s not the end. It becomes an autumn and winter that’s preparing us for another spring and summer.  

This understanding within your process gives you the confidence to know that no matter what’s happening, you can look at the success of God coming forth in your life and boldly declare: I was chosen for this!

Editor notes:

Chris and Carol Green are authors, educators, entrepreneurs, certified master CARE-Ready life coaches, leadership consultants, songwriters, poets, compassionate listeners, ordained ministers, marriage & family advisers, conflict resolution mediators, holistic wellness promoters, and human value advocates. 

They received international statesmen training and mentoring from H.E. Sir Clyde Rivers, the founder of iChange Nations, recipient of the 2019 Nelson Mandela Peace Award, and the Global Board Chairman of the Organization for Poverty Alleviation and Development (OPAD). 

They are a husband-wife team, based in the south central Pennsylvania, USA region, commissioned to rebuild, restore and renew hearts and homes. With over 30 years of urban community outreach experience, today they focus most of their energy and efforts connecting with local and international leaders who desire to make a meaningful impact when working in under-served and diverse communities. 

Chris and Carol Green are Vice Chancellors of Administrative Leadership at United Graduate College and Seminary International (UGCSI), where they provide professional development for its global consortium of Searcher Professors. They have also been the recipients of honorary doctorate degrees (conferred in 2016 and 2018) in Christian Leadership (Chris), Humanities (Carol), and Society & Human Rights (both) to acknowledge their many years of service and significant contributions to society and the field of life coaching.

Chris and Carol have been married nearly 40 years and have raised three sons. They have two daughters-in-law, two grandchildren, and a host of people throughout the world who call them 'mom and dad'. They make it a priority to uplift their local community through their Fruitful Life Network of Ministries. (www.fruitful-life.net)

Thursday, August 6, 2020

CARE-Readiness


Searcher Professors of Process and Success
Drs Chris and Carol Green (Hon. Causa)

We teach and train community, government and education leaders, human service organizers, business visionaries, and neighborhood dreamers, how to be much more effective by embracing the principles of CARE (Compassionate Accountability with Respect and Empathy) in their professional and personal lives. 

Many government and private sector outreach programs employ what is known as a "deficit model" of working with people. That's where you focus on the problems (deficits) of a person, and then apply a set of pre-determined steps and treatments to address their issues. Many well-meaning professionals have used this method for decades, but it rarely works long-term because their clients don’t “own” the offered solutions. Therefore, they fail to break the cycles of recidivism due to faulty thinking and poor decision making.

Many of the old disciplines fail to address the inner limitations, biases, and unresolved personal struggles of the professionals who are trying to help people. They tend to assume that the ability to evaluate, assess and then implement a treatment is enough. However, our Searcher Education has revealed that a Helper must be able to take someone to higher emotional, intellectual, relational and spiritual heights.

Therefore, CARE-Readiness Training focuses on the Helper. These professionals are trained to be more spiritually aware and emotionally intelligent, so they can establish a relationship/ partnership that empowers their client; thus allowing the client to be part of the process in the discovery of the solutions that will work best. We are confident that Christ will be the ultimate solution that many will discover.

The CARE Readiness Discipline is based upon Philippians 2: 12b-13 (Amplified Bible). “…continue to work out your salvation [that is, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ]. For it is God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose].”

This Biblical passage reveals both the principles and practical application of CARE-Readiness, which insists on individuals pursuing spiritual maturity and walking through critical self-evaluation in order to avoid discrediting the name of Christ, even as God is giving them the strength and ability to do His work and fulfill their purpose.

A Faith Evidence-Based Article
 



Saturday, July 25, 2020

When You're Destined to CARE

Searcher Professors of Process and Success 
Drs. Chris and Carol Green (Hon. Causa)

Searcher Educators are indeed, experts by experience. That experience is the foundation that H.E. Sir Clyde Rivers and Professor, Dr. Michal Pitzl describe as Authorship (Searcher) Education: A Lifelong Learning System. 

According to these global leaders of a new and innovative education model, "Authorship Education came from a collective need, from all walks of life, from several continents of the world; from everyday people looking for solutions to everyday life issues. Authorship Education drives to real life and is a lifelong learning system that changes societies." 

It believes that each person has a God-given gift and skill and therefore can 'author' or release solutions for society. Therefore, we see the Authorship (Searcher) Educator’s journey as more of a discovery and implementation of a divine purpose and plan for each life on the entire planet.

Rivers and Pitzl describe God as the Author and Finisher of our faith (actions); the Author and Finisher of our skills (gifts). You do not have to believe in God to experience the realness of this idea. They assert that each day, people can experience the practicality of the principles God set forth at the beginning of time.

In view of Authorship (Searcher) Education, we can see that our Searcher Education journey has been somewhat like the Biblically documented journey of Abram when God called him away from his family and sent him out with a promise. Abram (a true Searcher) sojourned through that land with God incrementally revealing His true purpose and plan for that Searcher's life.

In a similar manner, our searcher education revelations have come by simply following through on what God (the Author and Finisher) revealed about Chris and Carol in tiny steps along the way. Unlike much of what is done in the world today, most individuals and organizations have a forecast, projections and predetermined goals in mind, and then they will brand themselves based upon those goals to create an image of themselves that they believe will attract potential clients, customers, investors, donors, partners, etc.

However, the Searcher may not fully understand who they are and what they were created to contribute to the world because they might view and judge themselves based on what already exist. Therefore, they might forecast, project and brand themselves in a way that causes them to miss the mark.

Part of our discovery of who we really are and what we were created to do, involved taking a look back over various parts of our journey and then finding a way to grasp and articulate the lessons that were learned, along with the principles that were most consistently working in our personal and professional endeavors.

Like many Searchers, we did not necessarily have a pre-determined goal because we weren't sure what were supposed to do. We had a myriad of gifts and talents. We could have gone in many different directions. There was no template to follow. The traditional education models could neither validate or dismiss our results. This often caused us to believe we were off target, and maybe even unrealistic and naive to expect anyone to accept or implement our strategies and ideas.

We can assure that, Searchers will eventually come to a place where they are able to articulate what they are accomplishing after they look back over seasons of their lives; and begin to recognize certain patterns of consistent success. We were not necessarily able to describe and explain what we were doing correctly and why it was working, while we were in the midst of the journey. It was usually after the fact, when we looked back, that we realized what the Author and Finisher was actually revealing through us, to the world around us.

Each and every time we tried to set a predetermined goal, we found ourselves actually interfering with what the Author and Finisher was truly trying to accomplish through us, so we had to let go of our traditional and the normal world-view expectations, and our predetermined vision, and simply follow the Author and Finisher's direction.

In Searcher Education, you are often unaware of the true value of what you have until after it has been tried and tested. You can find yourself in the midst of complex situations, even embarrassing circumstances that seem to have nothing to do with being able to help anybody in the world. But it’s the things that you will learn about yourself, in the crucible of both negative and positive experiences, that will determine if you will come out as pure gold that’s been tried by fire.

Up until these trial by fire periods, our ideas and strategies are merely theories, definition of terms, clever verbal engineering, and linguistic gymnastics that can impress people, but not provide practical answers that will change lives. Your theoretical presentations may open a few doors for you to offer your products or programs, but not necessarily provide the breakthrough that people need in their everyday lives. We found ourselves on a journey that tested our products and programs before we knew we had them inside of us, and before we could offer them to the world.

Our journey in Authorship (Searcher) Education started in the 1990’s, when as a young couple, we found ourselves the leaders over teenagers in inner city St. Louis, Missouri, USA. It was during those years of walking through life with youth, who were facing some very traumatic issues, that we began to discover what it meant to truly give oneself away. That's where our trials by fire began to shape and make what is being revealed in us today.

Years later, when we came into Authorship Education, we realized that we always did these three things in order to achieve positive results. With every success story we were always 
1.) listening to people,
2.) lifting people, and then 
3.) launching people into a new realm of possibilities.


So, what is CARE-Readiness?

Although we did not understand it at that time, our Searcher Education had given us the insight to create a coaching and training model that provided a more responsive approach to the world of mentoring and coaching people. The CARE-Ready Coach is one who is equipped with the right tools to ask the right questions, in guiding someone to life's answers. They are trained to recognize and respond when someone is searching for direction, and they are capable of helping someone establish a life plan.

CARE-Readiness is Inspirational, Intuitive and Instructional. However, it is much more about being an intentional listener who earns the trust and privilege to make an impartation in someone's life.

CARE-Readiness Coaching is NOT COUNSELING OR THERAPY. We never use these terms to describe the work or practices of CARE-Ready Coaching. Unlike counseling and therapy, which involve looking back and working through one's past, CARE-Readiness is about looking ahead and navigating through the present, to reach a future with purpose.

Many coaching, mentoring and community outreach programs employ what is known as a "deficit model" of working with people. That's where you focus on the problems (deficits) of a person, and then apply a set of pre-determined, cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all steps and treatments to address their issues. The deficit-based model is what many well-meaning Helpers use, but it rarely works long-term, leaving Helpers wondering why their clients fail to break the cycles of addiction and recidivism.

However, CARE-Readiness mirrors the principles found in the proven, Best Practice strategies of Strength-based, Solution-focused models. Our Life CARE Coaches are trained to connect with people in order to build a relationship/ partnership that empowers the participant; thus allowing people to discover the solutions that will work best for them.

After receiving our official certifications, our first opportunity to serve the community came when we accepted an invitation to host group life coaching sessions at a state employment program. Once-a-month, for nine months, we brought free Life Coaching to people who were desperately searching for jobs.

This is where the Searcher's gift, product, or ideas face the real world. After about three months, the program director sent an email that read: “Since your Life Coaching sessions have begun in our program, I am witnessing incredible results! I get numerous testimonials from clients stating how much you have radically impacted their lives. You have provided encouragement, given them a better perspective on their lives and careers, and even on how to deal with their families. Many are now hopeful, encouraged and able to reach their employment goals.” After nine months, Lynne reported that her numbers had jumped from 20% of her clients getting hired, to 40%.

During our nine months at the Unemployment Center, another door opened to us. We met Denise and at that time, we didn’t know she was the executive director of an emergency shelter for women and children. Little did we know that Denise was searching for a way to transition her organization from being a place that only provided a bed and a meal, to becoming a Center that would empower women and transform their lives. She wanted to break the cycles of poverty and homelessness.

The first few months, we volunteered and tried individual coaching with the residents, but they were in crisis-mode, and we didn't have the day to day time to develop relationships and build trust, which is absolutely essential for coaching. That kind of time would have to come from the staff. So, for two solid years, Denise brought us into the Shelter to train and group-coach the staff in our CARE-Ready coaching model within their case management paradigms.

Also during that time, we started individual coaching with the women in their transitional housing program. This program helps women who are chronically homeless. They have many factors that contribute to their situations, not the least of which have been addictions, mental illness and trauma. Since they were living out of the shelter and in transitional housing or apartments, we were able to dedicate time with these women through monthly 1-hour coaching sessions. Following these successful encounters, the next year, Denise made a commitment to have the entire staff to become life coach certified, and set this training as a policy for all new hires.

The next year, another door opened and we connected with Vladimir, the founder of an organization that provides mentorship, guidance and support for ex-offenders. Vladimir was seeking more training for his staff of mentors. When he saw the CARE-Ready model, it was an answer to prayer. He was so thrilled that he became CARE-Ready Life Coach Certified along with his staff.

From there we were invited to attend a monthly gathering of human service organizations and agencies from all over the region. We were enthusiastically welcomed. At the close of each gathering, each representative is given a few minutes to introduce their program and services.

These monthly meetings took place in the same building in which our ministry had been housed all those years before. We had never known about it. And it was best that we didn’t, because we would have introduced ourselves as ministers and pastors. Instead, at the right time, we were able to introduce ourselves as Community Life Coaches who had a new certification program available. This led to scores of people enrolling for training from that point forward.

We were showered with accolades and proof that Authorship (Searcher) Education and the wisdom of the Searcher Educator works in real time in the real world. We had two college professors, several students with master’s degrees in human service, professional counselors, educators, and community leaders who have made stunning positive comments about the CARE-Ready approach to working with people:

“When I first met Chris and Carol and learned of the work that they do, I knew they could have a significant positive impact on the lives of the residents we serve at the Women's Shelter. Without hesitation, they jumped in to begin engaging the residents and furthering the potential of turning an experience of homelessness and often hopelessness into hope and possibility. Further, they committed to helping us raise the bar of effectiveness for our staff, offering their coaching expertise (and encouragement) in regular staff training sessions. Our gratitude is unending.” ---Denise (United Way Volunteer of the Year Endorsement)

"You gave me new tools and refined the tools that I already had; and you gave me structure and organization. Life Coaching will help anyone, in any place, at any time; and you guys are amazing!" ---Vladimir

“The CARE-Ready life coach certification program exceeded my expectations." ---M.M. (retired Criminal Justice professional and university professor with over 40 years of professional experience)

"I've been in the human service field about 18 years and what this Life Coaching class has done for me is to allow me to pace myself, have patience for my clients. You gave me tools to utilize that will help me to stay in line." ---E.C. (Mentoring Coordinator/ Counselor)

“This gave me something that I did not learn in a classroom. I even have my master degree in counseling, but you still gave me something that I didn't learn in a University.” ---C.J. (Ex-Offender Recovery Counselor)

“There was a transformation. My thinking is clearer, and I'm thinking a different line: How to help people; to sincerely listen to people." ---Rev. B.T. (Local Pastor)

“I've been involved in many trainings; state-wide, locally and federally, and I want to say that this was truly from God. You provided me the hands-on training for my ministry and my recovery community. You equipped and empowered me to be more responsive. ---F.L. (Certified Recovery Specialist)

“The most impactful part was the definition of life coach, because it tells me that I don't have to have all the answers in order to help someone else." ---K.T. (Recovery Counselor)

"This training is good for staffers who don’t have formal education; however they work in the field with clients on a daily basis." ---A.Q. (Human Service Division of Children and Youth)

"I was blown away by this class! I've never felt this way by any program that I've gone through; and I've been through two master degree programs and a bachelor degree program." ---J.S. (Women's Shelter Board Member)

Our average score from our student’s course evaluation has been a strong rating of 97.5%.

Many professionals were citing the principles of CARE-readiness as the missing elements in their practices. We were bringing more intentionality and adding more in their toolkits regarding compassion and care in their professions. We could not have possibly known that we’d be living in an era where CARE would be a precious commodity for the entire world.

In our Searcher Education, we could not predict and forecast the direction our gifts would take us. That's why our training and preparation through United Graduate College and Seminary International was so profound for us. It empowered us to actually step out and be who we were meant to be. 

Traditional Education said we were to become local church pastors. (And there's nothing wrong with that), but Authorship (Searcher) Education said we were Master Life Coaches, Leadership Consultants, Community Ambassadors, International Statesmen, and now Professors of Searcher Education. We could not have predicted or projected how far our gifts would take us. We just followed the script of the Author and Finisher.

Author Education revealed the purpose behind our journey as prospective Searcher Educators, which connected us with who were looking for jobs through the government program, the residents and staff at the Women’s Shelter, the ex-offenders and their mentors, the clients of the people in those monthly meetings with human service organizations, and now the millions all over the world who need someone to listen to them, lift them and launch them into a new realm of possibilities.

A Faith Evidence-Based Article

Drs. Chris and Carol Green (Hon.Causa)
Professors of Searcher Education at UGCSI
Master Life Coaches of C and C Connections, LLC
Founders of Fruitful Life Network, Inc