Sojourn Care in Community Training
At Sojourn, we seek to keep learning and growing in our ability to apply the gospel to the challenges that we all face in our homes, church and world. Our vision is to provide Care in Community Training to address the tough issues of life with a thoughtful and comprehensive gospel framework.
On Saturday, January 26, 2013, nearly 100 ministry leaders and servants gathered to learn how they can better care for those struggling with psychiatric disorders. They listened to and engaged with Dr. Brian Briscoe and Dr. Ben Mast, both members of Sojourn Community Church who have spend numerous hours over the past three years with Pastor Robert Cheong thinking through and discussing how the gospel deals with psychiatric and psychological issues.
The goal of this training was to help the church understand and envision how they can come alongside those suffering with bi-polar, schizophrenia and chronic depression. The resounding message offered to the church was that the people of God can and must step into the lives of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to fight the good fight of faith (1 Tim. 6:12). Everyone left encouraged as they realized that they can play a significant and necessary role in helping those with psychiatric disorders live life with Jesus.
Everyone who attended was asked to listen to selected audio recordings from the 2011 CCEF Conference on Psychiatric Disorders and read selected articles as pre-work.
Please download the PDF booklet before watching the video so you can more easily follow along and take notes.
Care in Community Training Video
Care In Community Training Handout
Care in Community Training Video Guide
Brian Briscoe, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist, a member at Sojourn East, and has attended Sojourn since 2006. He serves as national Vice-President of the Psychiatry Section of the Christian Medical and Dental Association, and on the local leadership Council for CMDA. He has previously served on the full-time teaching faculty at the University of Louisville and continues to teach medical students and residents through a gratis faculty appointment. During his own training, Dr. Briscoe was mentored by biblically-based pastors and Christian leaders in the medical field. Dr. Briscoe is currently in private practice in Louisville, KY (www.louisvillepsychiatry.com).
Benjamin Mast, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville. He also serves as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine and as Vice Chair of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville. Ben is an elder at the East Campus of Sojourn Community Church.
Robert K. Cheong is Pastor of Care at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, KY. He has a vision and passion for shepherding and equipping the church to care for one another wth the gospel in community. During his early years at Sojourn, he also served as a professor of Biblical Counseling at Boyce College in Louisville, KY. Prior to Sojourn he worked with couples and individuals at church-based counseling centers for several years while completing his Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology at The Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY. Before being called to vocational ministry, he worked with Michelin Tire Corporation after completing his tour of duty in the United States Navy as a Nuclear Power officer. Robert enjoys life with his bride, Karen, and their adult children and grandchildren.