Breaking Down Elements

Today I had the opportunity to speak with a crazy talented group of people about Motivational Interviewing.  I utilize this counseling tool in just about every facet of my life.  I am constantly drawn back to the primary purpose of initiating change by letting people be the author of their own story.  To me there is a great camaraderie and authenticity in empowering a person to initiate change in their lives.

As I prepared for today’s meeting, I reviewed my notes from the classes that I took at the Iliff School of Theology.  It took me back to a time for which I am very grateful.  I remembered teachers and fellow students that made a large impact on my life.  I gave great joy for the many lessons that I learned while I attended school.

It was also great to be in front of a group of people teaching the basics of how to engage people where they are and in the middle of where they are.  I enjoyed sharing this very special part of what I do with a group that was eager to learn and grow.  I basically just had to show up and serve as a moderator.  The participants took care of the rest.

I am so grateful that I have the memories of Iliff to recall times of struggle and learning.  I love the wisdom that I gleaned from amazing people anxious to tell their stories.  There is something that is awesome when we gather together and learn from each other.  I can’t explain the energy; it is simply overpowering.  We utilize our own narratives to illuminate one another on our strength and hope.  May we continue to grow as we journey forward.

Published by joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Belen in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.

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