Julie Smith Lowe, M.A. is Associate Faculty at CCEF and has been counseling for over 13 years. She has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is pursuing certification as a Registered Play Therapist. She has extensive experience with foster and adoptive families, as well as child maltreatment issues. She speaks at events regarding women's issues, parenting, and children and conflict resolution.
Recently, I have been pondering Ephesians 4:29 with my children and what it means for our conversations. It states, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” In this verse, two ways of speaking are contrasted: negative and destructive versus positive and beneficial.
Faculty member Julie Lowe will teach “Abuse in the Church” as a new on-site intensive class in January 2016. Julie has been counseling for over 16 years. She has a master’s degree in counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary, is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and is certified as a registered play therapist. She has extensive experience with foster families, adoptive families, and child maltreatment issues.
We recently sat down with Julie (JL) to find out more about this new class.
Situations of abuse generate a wide range of emotions—from outrage and a demand for justice, to fear, shame, and disbelief. It can be challenging to respond well. But when abuse is brought to our attention, we must work hard not to respond based on emotion or personal bias. We should act wisely, justly and deliberately. Doing so is not only a legal mandate, but also is a moral and biblical one as well.
I am a mother of five and a counselor. I interact with children all the time. Sadly, many of the children I meet with at CCEF experience tough and heart-breaking life circumstances, and some have suffered abuse and mistreatment. Through my work, God has given me a passion to help protect the vulnerable. I am committed to growing in wisdom on this issue and to see the larger Christian community become knowledgeable, competent, and biblically wise when it comes to handling allegations of abuse.
Many people, adults and children alike, essentially lost their childhood because of abuse, trauma, divorce, parental deaths, or other hardships. We will discuss how to help those who lost a significant part of their life that they will never get back. The focus will be on how to help them grieve the loss and move forward, while also looking to a God who can redeem all of our broken experiences.
Parents get divorced, a beloved family member dies, the family moves away from the only home the child has ever known...These are just a few of the many losses that children and teens might experience. During these times, they need godly comfort, hope, and guidance so they can make sense of the loss. They need adults who can help them work through their suffering and who will point them to Christ. This breakout will focus on looking at practical ways to minister to children and teens who have experienced loss.
On the Monday morning after Mother’s Day in 2013, life began as normal in the Lowe home. We were rushing around getting ready for school and work, taking care of our menagerie of pets, and making a list for the day’s agenda. We live a full life with five children, two dogs, two cats, three birds, and two bunnies. I was on vacation and looking forward to rest from work and time to tackle things I never have time for.
Over the decades, the JBC has published more than 1000 articles. With so much content that explores ministry and life, it can be hard to know where to begin. This “Must Read” series provides carefully selected articles on key issues as an entryway into those decades of content.
This issue on parenting explores goals of Christian parenting, and provides practical help and wisdom for particularly difficult issues.