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Black Chaplains Association

A network for Black Pastoral Care Professionals to share ideas and thoughts, also learn new training info about Pastoral Care.

Website: http://askthechaplain.blogspot.com/
Location: Room 104 1 Cooper Plaza Camden, NJ 08103
Members: 73
Latest Activity: Sep 5, 2015

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Comment by DR. ROY K. FARLEY JR. on October 5, 2012 at 7:21pm
The tips to progress have been given shall they be heard , thank you Pastor Mark!
Comment by Mark H. Stevens, Th.D on August 24, 2012 at 5:51pm

Here are 7 tips for spirituality that are very concrete areas for development. It is very important to be working in each area, set up specific goals that are measurable and achievable. Instead of saying ‘I will start meditating’ say ‘I will spend 10 minutes before breakfast and ten minutes after dinner alone reading the meditation of the day’.
Without further ado, here they are:
1. Use personal prayer and/or meditation. This is quiet time to start to develop time for yourself and to assess how things are going in your life. Even Jesus needed to get alone and meditate. Jesus even got depressed and took solace in The Garden of Gethsemane.
2. Spend time in groups. This could be attending a worship service, singing in a choir, acting in a play or any group with positive interaction and direction. This enhances our ability to develop relationships with other people.
3. Spend time learning. Grow your mind. This could be taking a few classes at the community college, courses at an online school, book study groups, self-help or mental health material.
4. Take time for yourself. Plan a quiet day just for you, away from family and work. Indulge yourself in quiet. There are many retreat areas where you can find peaceful surroundings for recharging yourself.
5. Physical fitness and proper diet. There is a very satisfying feeling that comes from taking care of yourself physically. Get in shape to be the best person you can be.
6. Recreation. Indulge in some activity just for sheer fun. Explore hobbies, sports, whatever floats your boat, but make time for it. Do not plan to ‘get around to it someday’. Just do it. Music is also very therapeutic and helpful in recreating ones self.
7. Be of service. Do some volunteer work or engage in random acts of kindness. It really does feel good and build self-esteem to help someone with no thought of reward. This is a cosmic win-win situation.
We hope that gave you some ideas about how to improve your relationships with self and others. The key thing is to take action. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Why not take steps to improve your spiritual connection?
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Comment by Min.Tracey Estes on June 22, 2012 at 12:03pm
Thank You for the Invite to this wonderful group, I am a Level 1 with the Alabama Dept. of Correctios for Chaplains... I still have 2 Levels to go, but looking forward to obtaining them and doing my part for the Kingdom of GOD in that area...
GOD Bless All here...
Comment by Minister Real Deal Brady Hill on June 12, 2012 at 7:49pm

Comment by Mark H. Stevens, Th.D on April 30, 2012 at 7:19pm

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Comment by Evangelist Cookie Hunter on October 18, 2011 at 9:08am
Very good tips, Chaplain Mark! Well said.
Comment by Mark H. Stevens, Th.D on October 18, 2011 at 7:08am
 

Here are 7 tips for spirituality that are very concrete areas for development. It is very important to be working in each area, set up specific goals that are measurable and achievable. Instead of saying ‘I will start meditating’ say ‘I will spend 10 minutes before breakfast and ten minutes after dinner alone reading the meditation of the day’.
Without further ado, here they are:

1. Use personal prayer and/or meditation. This is quiet time to start to develop time for yourself and to assess how things are going in your life. Even Jesus needed to get alone and meditate. Jesus even got depressed and took solace in The Garden of Gethsemane.

2. Spend time in groups. This could be attending a worship service, singing in a choir, acting in a play or any group with positive interaction and direction. This enhances our ability to develop relationships with other people.

3. Spend time learning. Grow your mind. This could be taking a few classes at the community college, courses at an online school, book study groups, self-help or mental health material.

4. Take time for yourself. Plan a quiet day just for you, away from family and work. Indulge yourself in quiet. There are many retreat areas where you can find peaceful surroundings for recharging yourself.

5. Physical fitness and proper diet. There is a very satisfying feeling that comes from taking care of yourself physically. Get in shape to be the best person you can be.

6. Recreation. Indulge in some activity just for sheer fun. Explore hobbies, sports, whatever floats your boat, but make time for it. Do not plan to ‘get around to it someday’. Just do it. Music is also very therapeutic and helpful in recreating ones self.

7. Be of service. Do some volunteer work or engage in random acts of kindness. It really does feel good and build self-esteem to help someone with no thought of reward. This is a cosmic win-win situation.

We hope that gave you some ideas about how to improve your relationships with self and others. The key thing is to take action. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Why not take steps to improve your spiritual connection?

Comment by Mark H. Stevens, Th.D on September 12, 2011 at 1:35pm
How can I get you to come speak at my church or function?

NJITS Seminars Info

NJITS Seminars is about equipping believers for ministry. Online training and curriculum resources help. Sometimes, however, the personal touch of bringing in a professional Christian educator to speak to your group takes you a step further.
Mark Stevens, the founder and director of NJITS Seminars, is available to come to your location -- church, conference, Bible Institute.

As a Christian speaker, he is first and foremost a Bible teacher who enjoys communicating God's Word in creative ways that not only expound the truth but also drive home the application of the truth to life. As a Christian speaker, he is also a training instructor for people who want to learn "how-to" serve and "how-to" share God’s Word.

Schedule Mark or Stephanie as the seminar speaker for a special training event or as a guest speaker for a regularly scheduled meeting including a Sunday School class, men’s or women’s group, or other Bible study group.

• Chaplain Mark H. Stevens, M.Min • Evangelist Stephanie R. Stevens

Mark Stevens is an ordained Minister in the Church of God in Christ. He has a BA in Theology and an MA in Ministry from Freedom Bible College and Seminary. He also graduated from Philadelphia Biblical Universities Institute of Jewish Studies; he also is an ETA certified teacher with 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education. He is the Dean of the Charles Harrison Mason Bible Institutes of NJ. Elder Stevens is a staff Chaplain at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Southern New Jersey. Mark has over 25 years of ministerial experience. He has been a prison minister, street preacher, retreat speaker, and revivalist. His wife Stephanie is an overseas Missionary that has traveled to Panama, The Philippines, Haiti, and South America. Together they have over 40 years of ministry experience to share with your church or group.
Mark’s heart's passion is to see the church operate according to God's plan. He sees Ephesians 4:16 as the blueprint for the spiritual growth of the Body --the body "builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." To this end he actively seeks to equip God's people for service. Emphasis is placed on helping people find their best fit in ministry through the identification of their spiritual gifts combined with their personality, experience, and heart passions.

The Frequently Asked Questions

What do you charge?
You could take into consideration the length of the seminar and cost of materials she may bring which would vary depending on how many people attended. While remuneration for actual teaching is negotiable (between you and God, that is), we must ask, however, that you take care of actual expenses for travel and lodging if required.

What is the minimum group size for which you are willing to come?
We will come for as few as five people or for fifty or more. Everyone needs equipping. Whether you are a small church or a big one, the need for equipping is the same.

How far are you willing to travel?
NJITS is willing to go where God leads. We reside in Southern NJ. As long as expenses can be paid when travel and lodging is involved, we would be privileged to come to wherever you are if it fits her schedule.

When can you come?
Saturdays work well to do anywhere from a couple hours to an all day session. We may be able to come during your normally scheduled meeting times including mid-week or the Sunday School hour. If you are within a reasonable driving distance (up to two hours from Browns Mills, NJ), regularly scheduled meeting times work well for a series.

How can I schedule a seminar?
You can e-mail Mark at chaplainstevens@gmail.com with any further questions you have or to discuss possible dates. Or, you can call at (609) 436-8343, Anytime ask for Mark
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