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All of us experience pain in different ways at different times in our lives. For most of us, pain is a common experience that we don’t want. In fact, we go to great lengths to try to avoid it. But when we find we can’t avoid it, most of us need help in dealing with it. In this course, Dr. Alice Mathews and Dr. Karen Mason explain several types of interventions, which help us understand how we can come alongside people in pain and minister to them more effectively.

  1. Understand various definitions and causes of pain.
  2. Define “minister” and explain how a minister comes alongside people in pain.
  3. Learn to make sense of life’s negative experiences in light of Who we believe God is.
  4. Identify and employ various methods of intervening in people’s lives in order to help them.
  • Thank you for the teachings. I feel as though I have gained valuable insight on how to better help those in which I am blessed to minister to.

    — Marcia, United States (US)
  • I learned a wealth of information in this course.

    — Laurie, United States (US)
  • This has been the best course I have taken so far!

    — Erin, United States (US)
  • Found it very interesting and learned how to help people correctly

    — Yvonne, Australia
  • I learned that it was very important to relate to the person that is hurting. I liked the injection of scriptures. I liked how they talked about not allowing the past to be a prison.

    — Janice, United States (US)
  • Excellent course for those interested in Christian counseling.

    — Awilda, United States (US)
  • The best course yet.

    — Philip, United States (US)
  • Very helpful in developing a framework for ministering to people in pain

    — Roy, United States (US)
  • A very helpful course for me personally.

    — Carmel, Australia
  • I enjoyed the course. I learned that all people are not the same and they do not process the same. This course was very easy to understand I specifically liked how you could read along with the video allowing it to be easier to understand. Thank you,

    — Debbie, United States (US)
  • Great and knowledgeable course.

    — Zackery, United States (US)
  • I feel very much educated by the courses. I am sure it's not only applied in talk ministry; perhaps, in all the nitty-gritty of helping our neighbors.

    — Solus, United States (US)
  • Through this course I have gained a quiet confidence needed to properly minister to those in pain using this highly effective teaching. This course is inspired by The Holy Spirit and He ministered truth to me regarding previously erroneously ministering with far too much initial talking. With listening skills imparted, I can be more effective in helping others that God places in my path. And that’s just a portion of all the wisdom I’ve gained throughout this course to be a light for The Lord. Thank you to the loving mother/daughter team. And thank You Jesus!

    — Patricia, United States (US)
  • This is a wonderful and inspiring course for everyone who wants to come alongside people in pain.

    — Gildas, United States (US)
  • Upon completion of this course, I have a better understanding of what it means to “Minister to People in Pain” and “To come alongside People in Pain." I found the Interventions extremely helpful. I also have a better understanding of Theodicy. Case studies were practical and I gained insight into my role when ministering to someone in pain. I also understand the importance of the person in pain developing initiative, resilience, and forgiveness as well as other characteristics. Overall, I’m very pleased with the material provided.

    — Santhia, United States (US)
  • This is a wonderful and inspiring course for everyone who wants to come alongside people in pain.

    — Gildas, United States (US)
  • Very interesting and helpful for me in ministering to others. Very well structured. Thank you.

    — Coni, United States (US)
  • Learned so much. Saw things from a different perspective

    — Sandra, United States (US)
  • This has to be one of the best courses I have taken this far with Our Daily Bread. I started out listening for direction and insight on how to assist others through their pain. I ended up with a wealth of introductory knowledge about how to deal with my own pain. This course ministered to me personally as well as provides tools to assist others in my ministry.

    — Pamela, United States (US)
  • The course was extremely helpful and provided new insight into helping others walk through their pain and their journey. Excellent course!

    — Christopher, United States (US)
  • Just wonderful and certainly made me notice how badly we advise someone who is suffering.

    — Francisco, United States (US)
  • I loved loved loved this. It got me away from reading for a bit. I got to see their faces and their thought process. I so so so enjoyed this.

    — Earlene, United States (US)
  • This has taught me a tremendous amount about helping others in emotional pain.

    — Angie, United States (US)
  • This was a very good course. I have learned a lot; the video was great.

    — Gerald, United States (US)
  • Excellent course

    — John, United States (US)
  • Practical, professional, and sweet.

    — Magdalena, United States (US)
  • This course, Ministering to People in Pain shows how very caring Dr. Alice Mathews and Dr. Karen Mason [are. They] have explained several types of interventions, which helped me understand how I can come alongside people in pain and minister to them effectively. The video, the course printout, and listening to the course lecture, really helped me learn more effectively about ministering to people in pain. I really enjoyed listening and learning and looking up different scriptures in the Bible that related to caring for people in emotional pain. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to go deeper in learning how to minister to others.

    — Maria, United States (US)
  • As a new pastor, I have a better understanding on how to help people who are in pain. This course gave me a lot great material to use as I move forward in my ministry. I will better understand people who are in pain now. I will also be more effective in my approach. Great course.

    — Jeffrey, United States (US)
  • I enjoyed the course. It really helped me to examine myself. Which I feel is important.

    — Denice, United States (US)
  • I enjoyed the course it was very helpful and provided a lot of insight on how to deal with people in pain. The course also helped me to examine myself.

    — Darcel, United States (US)
  • This course was very helpful and easy to understand.

    — Julie, United States (US)
  • It was a good course to give me basic concepts of how to minister to people.

    — John, United States (US)
  • The course was very helpful. The concept of forgiving and forgetting has been revealed, and I am grateful

    — Juliana, United States (US)
  • This course of Ministering to People in Pain was awesome and of course backed up to me what I have been doing for years and encouraged me that I am on the right path to helping people be set free from the pain in their lives and to move forward freed from it and to grow deeper in their relationship with God.

    — Regina, United States (US)
  • This is an excellent course if you are serious about learning who God is and His expectations from us. Through the details and instructions that I received from the lessons I have a better understanding how I should serve in the Kingdom of God. I am better for this. Thank you very much!

    — Tennie, United States (US)
  • Outstanding learning environment

    — Lascelle, United States (US)
  • Very practical information! Thank you!!

    — Ray, United States (US)
  • Easy to understand and remember. Listening is really important.

    — Diana, United States (US)
  • This course was biblically based, helpful, practical, and presents biblical principles that we can use for a lifetime. I really appreciated how the Bible was used to create insight and not just someone's opinions being shared. The presenters were wise women of God who seemed very genuine in their work for the Lord.

    — Kevin, United States (US)
  • It is revolutionary, encouraging, challenging, confrontational and yet loaded with a message of HOPE for individuals, groups and churches. It is easy to understand, practical and insightful. Thank you for this life-changing course.

    — Sebo, United States (US)
  • i enjoyed the short, to-the-point lessons that presented common sense approaches to helping those who are dealing with pain. My life was enriched by the material presented.

    — Annabelle, United States (US)
  • Great course.

    — Anita, United States (US)
  • Very informative and relevant to me.

    — Jason, United States (US)
  • Many of the topics [the professors] talked about with violence, forgiveness, self-esteem, how to be a better listener and understanding how God works things out for our good was very insightful and I enjoyed this course so much. [The professors] have done such an amazing job . . . this course was truly a blessing. Thank you for sharing your time and wisdom to so many that need this including me.

    — Susanne, United States (US)
  • This course not only helped me to get starting in helping others, but it also helped me to learn how to deal with my own pain.

    — Aimee, United States (US)
  • Must take course for Christian counselors

    — Vishal, United States (US)
  • The course material was very practical, helpful, and ready to be used by learners right away in their daily lives.

    — Sheril, United States (US)

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Class Details

  • 10 Lessons
  • 21 Activities
  • 11 Assessments
  • 18 Min Average
  • 7 Hrs Minimum
  • Class Award

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Alice Mathews, PhD


Karen Mason, PhD