'Bible course taught me more than church'

Sunday, September 23, 2018

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Several students of Whole Life College, a training and leadership institute in Kingston which prepares people for Christian ministry, say its courses have taught them more than a lifetime in church has.

One of them is Deidre -Ann Thompson, a recent graduate.

“Being a part of the discipleship programme at Whole Life College taught me more in six months than I knew in 20+ years of growing up in church and professing to be a Christian,” she told the Jamaica Observer.

“Whole Life College equips Christians for ministry and fulfilling their purpose. It challenges you to apply what you've been taught ,” she added.

Numerous others had similar views, some describing the course as having had a “life-changing impact”.

For Tricia-Anne Morris, a former student-cum-academic supervisor, Whole Life is to be credited with the person she is today.

“I believe God purposefully hand-picked me for Whole Life College. He knew he wanted me to become the best version of myself and to be ready for a purpose, so he gave me this gift where people loved me, taught me, equipped me, ministered to me, mentored me, prayed me up, activated me then sent me into my destiny,” she said.

Morris is also an author and life coach.

Whole Life College is run by Whole Life Ministries, founded by Fellowship Tabernacle. It has been in operation since 1986, serving some 3,500 students since inception. Its flagship programme, described as intense and fast-paced, is Christian Discipleship, designed to bring Christians into an elementary understanding of the kingdom of God. The course focuses on each individual's purpose and how to truly make an impact by serving and by sharing the Gospel with others.

The seven-month certificate course can be used as a prerequisite for a first degree at Logos University in Jacksonville, Florida, the institute says.

“We aim to facilitate students in the discovery of purpose and we have seen our graduates transformed to confidently take leadership of their lives as well as communities. People should enrol in our courses because it will give them a new perspective on life and open them up to new ideas for success,” says Rachael Thompson who heads the school.

Whole Life College, located at 80 Half-Way-Tree Road, also offers a three-month course called Fundamentals in Christian Counselling taught by renowned psychotherapist and minister of religion Andre HC Davis.

“I am very happy I did the counselling course; my life has changed since then,” said Simone Mignott. “I now have a greater appreciation for the mind, and how it works and a greater appreciation for others and how different we are. My main take away from the course was that our mental health is just as important as our physical health. I would definitely recommend doing this course.”

The school is currently accepting applications for both courses which begin tomorrow, September 24.

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