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Courses

Learning and Growing Together

Trellis has a range of different courses that members of the Free Reformed Church community can work through in order to better understand the biblical perspective on mental health. Some courses are facilitated by Trellis, while others can be self-led within a group environment. Below you will find course summaries for our current course list. If you are interested in organising a study group, please contact us for more information, or to organise your course material.

Christ Centred Change

Biblical Counselling in the Context of the Church

Throughout this course we will be taking the time to learn more about how God works in our lives and how he uses us in the lives of others. As we look more closely at God’s grace transforms our own lives, we can see more clearly how that grace flows through us into the lives of those around us. This is an introductory course that starts to give us a better understanding of biblical counselling in the context of the church.

We will be using resources from Paul Tripp and Tim Lane’s How People Change course and other CCEF presentations and books as we work through and discuss the information found in the workbook. Central to everything that we are learning are the words of Ephesians 4:15-16:

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Number of Lessons: 12

Proposed Lesson Time: 1 – 1.5 hours.
Typical delivery is 2 lessons per week (2 – 3 hours)

Lesson Format:
Combination of presentation via a facilitator, video content and discussion together with the group. Each lesson contains questions for personal reflection to be done between meeting times and discussion points and questions to further facilitate the discussion together.

Typical Target Audience: Everyone.
This course has been tailored for women who are interested in learning more about supporting and mentoring others.

For more information or access to this course please email us.

Throughout this course we will be taking the time to learn more about how God works in our lives and how he uses us in the lives of others. This involves looking more closely at what it means to grow together as members of the body of Christ. God has given us the beautiful gift of the church as the place where growth and change thrives. With the support and care of the body of Christ, we continue to heal from the hurts in our lives and grow in godliness as God has called us.

This is something that can only start with us. We comfort and encourage those around us in the way that we have been comforted. For this reason, this course spends time first looking at where God has placed us in the body of Christ and how he is busy working in our lives. This is so important. Through this part of the course, we are encouraged to continue to grow in grasping the comforts and truths of scripture for ourselves so that we can share them with others in a way that becomes a great blessing.

As we continue to grow in our knowledge of God’s grace in our own lives, it spills out and transforms the lives of those around us. Grounded in humility and driven by love, we are motivated to share the same comforts and encouragements that have rested in our own hearts. The second part of this course focuses on what that looks like and gives some tangible skills to help us as we minister and serve those in our lives.

When it comes to living as a part of the body of Christ, there is no formula for how we can help and serve those God has placed in our lives. It is an ongoing journey where we continue to learn more about God’s grace and collect tools that help us to love others wisely. Our goals for this course are to grow in being able to answer the following questions:

1. What can we learn from the bible about change and growth in the context of community? What does it mean to live as a part of the body of Christ? What do deep restorative relationships really look like?

2. How does real, gospel-centred change work? What does the bible teach us about real growth and change?

3. How can I use what I know of God’s grace working in my own life to move out into relationship with those who have been placed in my life? How do I compassionately connect their story with scripture?

Emotions

A Biblical Perspective on Understanding Emotions

Emotions are often confusing and hard for many of us to understand. This course takes the time to explore what the bible has to say about our emotions and how we can grow in a more biblical understanding of our own emotions and what to do with them.

Number of Lessons: 5 or 6

Proposed Lesson Time: 2 hours

Lesson Format: 35-50mins of video presentation followed by discussion. No need for Trellis facilitator.

Typical Target Audience: Everyone

For more information or access to this course please email us.

Emotions are hard to understand. For some, it seems as if they are always coming at them from all directions, leaving them overwhelmed and confused as to what to do. Others, tend to have a very level emotional experience and almost wish there were times they felt more. In the messaging from within and outside of the church, we find ourselves exposed to a range of understandings and approaches to dealing with or responding to emotions, making it hard to know what it is we should do.

This program provides us with a strong scriptural understanding of our emotions. As we work through the lessons, we learn more about how our emotions are a gift from God that are given to us so that we may be drawn into relationship with him and those around us. As we move through the lessons, we learn more about what our emotions are telling us, how they reveal what is going on in our hearts, the different influences on our emotions and how we can grow in bringing our emotions before God.

This program contains lessons from Joni Eareckson Tada, Winston T. Smith, Alasdair Groves and Aaron Sironi.

Working through this course, we will begin to understand:

  • Emotions in the Face of Suffering
  • Feeling Bad about Feeling Bad.
  • Why do I feel how I feel?
  • What do I do with my feelings?
  • Emotions and Relationships.
  • Optional – For Better or For Worse – marital intimacy for couples and helpers.

Growing Together

A Biblical Approach to Fruitful Ministry in the Body of Christ (CCEF Program)

This course is a great one to do together as a group from the same church. It provides a great foundation for all of us as we grow in skills for serving and caring for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

These sessions have been designed to be a course across 6 weeks. At the same time, most of them do work as stand-alone sessions that can be run individually or perhaps even spread across a whole year in a way that can perhaps engage the whole church.

Number of Lessons: 6

Proposed Lesson Time: 2 hours

Lesson Format: 35-50mins of video presentation followed by discussion. No need for Trellis facilitator.

Typical Target Audience: Everyone

For more information or access to this course please email us.

We believe in the communion of saints. We are all a part of the body of Christ and know that we are called to care for one another, support one another, bear one another’s burdens and build one another up. All these commands fill the New Testament, providing us with a picture of what the church should be like and how we should be interacting with each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.

Many of these commands are easy enough to read but much harder to put into practice. What does it look like to build one another up? How do we really care for one another? How do I live well as a member of the Communion of Saints? Where do I start in having wise, gospel-filled conversations with others in my church? How do I learn to speak the truth in love as commanded in Ephesians 4?

This course contains presentations from Aaron Sironi, David Powlison, Ed Welch, Mike Emlet and Steve Midgley. The wisdom they have to share starts to answer some of these questions for us.

Across the six sessions the following topics are addressed:

  • Our own need for God and for others.
  • How to combine our knowledge of God with knowledge of Scripture.
  • Prayer that connects our needs with God’s promises.
  • Christian Friendship.
  • How to keep a good eye on ourselves as we serve those around us.
  • What this means for the whole Church.

Psychiatric Disorders

Understanding and Expressing the Heart (CCEF Program)

This course helps us to gain a deeper understanding of psychiatric disorders and challenges through the lens of scripture. The presenters offer a compassionate and balanced approach to some of the very challenging disorders that people can face.

Number of Lessons: 5

Proposed Lesson Time: 2 hours

Lesson Format: 35-50mins of video presentation followed by discussion. No need for Trellis facilitator.

Typical Target Audience: Everyone

For more information or access to this course please email us.

Life and people are so much more complex than we would like to think. There are no quick fixes or easy answers for the difficulties that we face, also when it comes to the brokenness described by psychiatric disorders. Many people in our church community struggle with these complex problems and find themselves isolated, carrying deep hurts and are often misunderstood.

What do diagnostic labels like OCD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder and ADHD mean? How do we move toward these people and lovingly care for them? What does the bible say about such disorders? This program is a wonderful tool in helping us to better understand some of these complexities through the lens of scripture. It further explains some of the deep challenges that some people face and empowers us to draw close and minister to those in our church who are facing such challenges.

This program has presentations from David Powlison, Ed Welch and Michael Emlet.

Across the 5 sessions the following topics are addressed:

  • Making Sense of Complex Problems.
  • What’s Going on Inside: Understanding the Human Experience.
  • Understanding Labels and Diagnoses.
  • Understanding the Use of Medication and Psychiatric Treatments.
  • What You Can Do to Help.

Real Change

Personal Growth and Change

This course looks more closely at the work of God in our lives and nurtures change and growth on a personal level.

Number of Lessons: 6

Proposed Lesson Time: 2 hours

Lesson Format: Bible Study and Discussion

Typical Target Audience: Everyone

For more information or access to this course please email us.

Across the 6 weeks of this program, we will be taking the time to learn more about how God works in our lives and changes us. No matter where we are or where we have been, all of us have space for growth and restoration in our lives. This program is a great opportunity to learn more about what this looks like for us personally as we reflect on what is happening in our lives and what God’s word has to say about these things.

The workbook contains 6 lessons and bible studies that help us to dig deeper into how God meets us where we are at in everything that is happening in our lives. This involves careful reflection on what is going on in our lives and the challenges we face, an honest and careful reflection about what is going on in our hearts and a focus on the cross and God’s work in our lives, connecting all of that together.

The lessons are filled with everyday examples, bible studies that have great questions to encourage us to apply it to what is happening in our own lives as well as time and space for discussion on the different things that come up for us. It is a great opportunity for us to take the time in deepening the relationships we have with God and each other.

The nature of these bible studies and guides means that this study guide may be well suited for a book study group and even your bible study clubs to take and run with across a term.