The interview caught my attention, so I drove to the sponsoring church.
I love getting up early and sitting in my living room, coffee in hand, pondering God’s will and purpose for the remaining years of my life. At 81, I could be in a state of retirement, pursuing my outdoor love of fishing or hiking. (I have done this many times with a doctor friend of mine) but even with reduced work, my phone continues to ring as pastor after pastor calls or texts asking for help. I often remember those lonely days when I was broken, and support was nowhere to be found. I remember one day when I couldn’t stand it any longer and decided that life wasn’t worth living, so I tried to hurt myself. I was in my car and thought of driving it into a tree so it would look like an accident. A Christian radio station was on, and they talked about reaching out to hurting people. The interview caught my attention, so I drove to the sponsoring church. By the time I got there, my shirt was soaked with tears. I ran up the stairs to the offices, crying loudly for help. The secretary heard me and met me as I was escorted to an office where shortly, a youth pastor met me and listened to my story. He said he knew of a man with a similar story in the church. I permitted him to call the individual, and we spent the morning seeking God for an answer.
He shared Isaith 58:1-12. This passage brought peace to my soul and purpose to my spirit. God revealed to me that my purpose is to help people eradicate unwanted baggage – emotional, physical, and spiritual- pain and suffering. When we free up spiritual, mental, and emotional space, the door opens to allow the miracle of healing and growth. That brief time with someone that graciously listened and lovingly helped carry my pain changed my life. This new reality led to the fact that I needed to further my education to accomplish God’s will for my life. I enrolled in a small seminary in Louisiana and earned my Ph.D. in Christian counseling. God opened the door for me to provide counseling services for Sagemont Church, Dr. John Morgan, in Houston, Texas. The work exploded with growth. After a few months, I started special services for pastors in distress. That work has grown and has led us to form the Coventry House University (for pastors like me) and the Barnabas Initiative, plus the publication of The Messiah Method counseling system book that has circled the globe and is in the hands of thousands of pastors and missionaries.
The Messiah Method counseling system book has reached the globe.
As our world has become a vehicle for mental illness, pastoral suicide, and depression, we offer our services through encrypted virtual methods.
Call 832-677 8090 to reserve your place
Marlin Lance, Ph.D., D.Min., DCC, D.Psc.
- Licensed Pastoral counselor
- Licensed Brain Health Specialist
- Certified Neuropsychotherapist
- Diplomat in Pastoral Science
As an expert in the brain and relational grief, I aim to help people eliminate the root issue holding them back from living their best lives. Getting to the core of unwanted thoughts and emotions is the first step towards removing the weight of emotional baggage and replacing it with love, acceptance, and forgiveness.
Through Coventry House University USA, we are offering a week of transformational courses this fall:
Monday, October 16, 12:00 noon – Friday, October 20, 12:00 noon
- The Impact of Emotional Trauma on the Brain’s Decline
- Counseling Insights About Our Spirit, Soul, Physical, and Relational Being
- The Pastor in Pain, Getting to the Root
- The Brain and Conduct
- The Destructive Damage Caused by Performance Based Acceptance
- Neuroplasticity and Hope for Personal Failures
- Transformation Principles by Understanding the “Why” and Possibilities of Personal Problems
- God’s Plan for Your Health
- The Awesome Power of Humor
- How to Have a Happy, Healthy Brain
- Biblical Nutrition
- Your Brain and Stress Management
- Your Personalised Plan for Personal Enrichment
- Recommended Vitamins and Supplements to Achieve Optimal Health