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Pennsylvania, USA ----Today, Community Life Coaches, Chris and Carol Green participated as Panelist in a Spiritual Wellness Workshop at the Life Esteem Holistic Wellness Center. The session was one of eight workshops that were provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The workshops walk through the Eight Dimensions of Wellness and are designed to help individuals and family members of those who are recovering from opioid addiction.
The Eight Dimensions of Wellness are: Environmental Wellness, Occupational Wellness, Intellectual Wellness, Emotional Wellness, Social Wellness, Financial Wellness, Physical Wellness and Spiritual Wellness.
“It was an honor to be part of this today,” stated Chris Green. “We met two other awesome panelists, and their journeys and perspectives on Spiritual Wellness were inspiring.”
The other panelists were Jennifer Parsons, who is pursuing Chaplaincy and a Master of Divinity Degree at Eastern Mennonite Seminary; and Vikram Pattarkine, a keen student of yoga and practitioner for over four decades, who follows and actively promotes a natural plant-based diet for personal health and the planet’s sustainability.
All of the workshops have been facilitated by La-Verna Fountain, an influential and respected expert in the fields of Communications, Conflict Resolution and Transformational Speaking, who is an in-demand resource for corporations, organizations, non-profits, and community leaders across all sectors. She brought the Greens on board as presenters of the Occupational Wellness Workshop and as guest on the Spiritual Wellness panel. The workshops were conducted from September through December 2020.
“For us, Spiritual Wellness is about having every aspect your life to come from a motivation of love,” the Greens shared with the attendees. “By love, we mean God, because God is love. It was the fundamental motivation in our 40 years of marriage, our parenting, in our evolutionary process, and in all of our experiential success.”
The main objectives of today’s session were for the participants to come away with an understanding of what is meant by the term ‘Spiritual Wellness’, to have considered their own spiritual health, and to know the difference between spiritual wellness and religion. From the feedback that was offered at the conclusion of the 3-hour session, the goals were achieved and the audience was thoroughly enriched and encouraged in their spiritual health pursuits.
Editors Note: Watch a brief video clip of the Green's presentation at https://vimeo.com/490334971
The Africa Civility Show is a Live stream platform based in Mozambique, Africa, for the gathering of hundreds of thoughtful and iconic Leaders, Influencers, Humanitarians and Doers from around the world, who share a common interest in practical solutions for the sustainable development of Africa.
The Africa Civility Show expects to reshape the way the world thinks about and looks at Africa and help rebuild her confidence in herself, so she becomes the Oasis of the world.
"We were very excited about the opportunity to share some of the solutions that have been working in our field of expertise," the Greens expressed after the show. "It is an incredible honor to bring our contribution to the vision of Professor Mutola."
As authorities in their field of Searcher Education and Life CARE Coaching, Professors Chris and Carol Green were interviewed along with Chancellor, Professor Michal Pitzl of United Graduate College and Seminary International. Together they delivered nuggets of wisdom for viewers in the Continent and Diaspora, how they have used the Searcher Education concept to benefit humanity and hence, how Africans can use the very same concepts to build themselves and the continent at large.
The Greens were specially handpicked in collaboration with H. E. Ambassador Dr. Sir Clyde Rivers to participate on the Show as Speakers / Panelist. The event took place on Wednesday, (Veterans Day in the USA), November 11th, 2020. Theme for discussion: Searcher Educations' Role in Generational Transformation.
Watch a video that features their commentary at https://vimeo.com/478963739
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"We are extremely honored to be on Greatness TV," the Greens commented after the show. "We want to express our gratitude to Dr. Businge for providing this global platform to share the process of success that we have been teaching people in under-served communities in America."
The Greens are the world's leading producers of CARE-Ready Responders and Life CARE Coaches™. They have been teaching and training community, government and education leaders, human service organizers, business visionaries, and neighborhood dreamers how to be much more effective by embracing the principles of CARE (Compassionate Awareness with Respect and Empathy) in their professional and personal lives. They LISTEN to, LIFT up and LAUNCH people. Then they equip and empower them to do the same for others through their coaching and consulting business known as C and C Connections.
Chris and Carol Green are also Professors of Searcher Education at United Graduate College and Seminary International. They each hold Life achievement, competency-based Bachelor and Masters degrees in Christian Leadership and they are recipients of honorary doctorates in Christian Leadership (Chris) and Humanities (Carol); as well as honorary doctorates in Society and Human Rights (both).
Last, but not least, they are the founders of the Fruitful Life Network of Ministries which serves, equips and empowers people of Faith through: Fruitful Living, Fruitful Learning and Fruitful Legacy.
Watch the livestream TV broadcast and learn more about their success in their lives, marriage, business and ministry.
|Professors of Process|
Chris and Carol Green (Hon. Causa)
A Best-Practice Principle and Discipline
Next year (2021) we will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. There’s nothing like celebrating the success of a happy and fulfilling marriage, family, ministry and business, and with that milestone has come an oft repeated question: “How did you do it?” We learned that we were chosen for success.
How do you summarize forty years? It is staggering for us to say that number. How did we raise three African American sons in a racially hostile environment? How did we manage to hold on through seasons of unemployment that caused us to lose two homes by foreclosure, and bear the humiliation of two automobile repossessions? How did we manage to hold on through excessive hours of work while starting a ministry, and a church, and another ministry, and a business? How did we manage to hold on through emergencies, hospitalizations, attending the funerals of family and friends, and keep moving on while consoling one another? How do you summarize holding on to a dream from God, but waking up to the journey of Biblical examples and challenges similar to Abraham, Moses or Joseph?
On this side of the journey, as empty-nest grandparents, we’re very reflective now. We’re writing a book about that journey to be titled: You are Success in Process. We’ve also built an online educational platform to prepare, equip and empower others who are following in our footsteps. We’re intentionally establishing a legacy and baton-passing plan so that our children and their children will know the WHY behind their fore parent’s lives; so they will know the motivation that kept us moving forward even when everything around us was falling apart.
Success comes by process and understanding where you are in that process. We think about the different seasons that we went through, and how we had seasons of prosperity and seasons of leanness. We describe it like the natural four seasons. There have been seasons of autumn, when the leaves were falling and then there were seasons of winter, when everything just seemed to be dead. There were seasons of spring when life was returning, and then the seasons of summer when positive things were happening.
We learned to flow in all of the seasons. You can be thinking that because it’s your summer time, that you have arrived at your ultimate destiny. The weather's great, you’re feeling good. You’re reaping the benefits of your labor. But actually, it’s just one season of summer. It's not your ultimate arrival time and place. It's not the fulfillment of ALL that God has promised and wants to do with your life.
After we go through a summer season, then fall (autumn) comes, and many of us start to think that we failed because the same trees (ideas and plans) that were bearing fruit, and flourishing, now we're watching the leaves turn brown and yellow, and they're falling off. And we’re like, “God, what happened?”
What was happening was that we were shedding things that we couldn’t carry into the future. We were moving into another rotation of seasons.
And then comes winter, which is a season of waiting and purification. This is the season for having our motives and desires tested and proven. We had to learn how to receive help from others and get past pride. We had to learn the humility of not having it all together all the time.
Spring can be like the last months of pregnancy. You are anxiously, impatiently, and uncomfortably waiting for this new life to come; however, you know there’s a painful transition required to bring the new life into the world. The spring season closes the door on your last autumn and winter. It’s the signal for new life and looking ahead.
Then comes the summer season: We refer to summer as the test of blessing. Do you forget God when His promises are coming true? Do you forget your journey, the lessons, and from where He brought you? Summer requires stepping out of your comfort zone and becoming transparent about your success. We’ve seen it in ourselves and in others who become impatient, critical and show little patience or compassion for people who are still in the middle of their struggle and pain.
So learning to flow in all seasons is what brought us to greater maturity and understanding about what was going on in our lives. Now from this place, nearly 40 years later, we can answer a few questions like: How did we deal with the pain that comes through disappointment and the hurt when expectations are not coming to pass?
We offer these nuggets of wisdom from our process of success:
1.) Start with our Creator: Did we really hear God’s voice?
The pain drove us to our knees and seeking God for wisdom. We had to be brutally honest with ourselves about our life choices. Walking back through our decisions was a key to understanding how we got into some of the bad situations. We had to ask ourselves if every pursuit, purchase or passion was from a Godly motivation or from emotional or mental cravings for affirmation or attention.
2.) Ask the hard questions.
Be honest with yourself; don’t blame anyone or anything else.
Was this setback a result of missing something in the instruction or wisdom of God?
Did we really count up the cost?
Did we follow God’s steps?
Did we skip any steps to go faster in laying a foundation for what we wanted to build?
3.) Include preparation for storms and opposition.
In asking the hard questions, the answers came right away. We had to spend more time in preparation and planning before launching forth in pursuit of our goals and dreams.
a.) We had to learn the difference between chasing a fantasy versus following a dream.
b.) We had to learn how to recognize and follow the voice and will of God.
c.) We began to seek the wise counsel of those who have a history of success. This involved a wide range of knowledge and advice, ranging from certification programs from a local university, to attending personal and professional development workshops and seminars. We had 1:1 conversations with experts and spontaneous moments with elders or more experienced family members and friends. We could not do it alone.
Notice that this step involved making an investment in ourselves. We had to decide what was most important. Do you want to pay for an internet entertainment subscription or do you want to invest in a program or course to learn more about your dream career/ business, or even yourself?
4.) Choose to press pass the pain and press toward God.
Discernment was extremely important. It gave us the ability to let go of things and people that we could not carry into our future. The only thing you’re giving up is your view or expectation in favor of God’s view and expectations. It’s a process of maturity and learning about who God really is.
Many believers have not been taught the whole word (counsel) of God in context. They have had incomplete (false) teachings about faith, been given fancy cliches, and rely on social media memes, so their foundations are built on sand. They’ve been taught to say: I’m building my life, expecting no failure. Therefore, they’re not trained in how to handle the unexpected storms. Some are not willing to learn how to persevere. But it’s important to know that God is not only working on what you will do when you reach your destination. God is always working on WHO YOU WILL BE at His destination.
The process of success is the lifelong manifestation of God’s answers, solutions and messages that are coming through your life. We come into this world and are educated and groomed according to the ways of man. Since humans are finite beings, whatever humans manufacture or create is also finite. Human ideas, even when successful, have an expiration date. However, when we learn the ways of God, and yield to His way of thinking, we will have access to the infinite resources of God.
With that new revelation, our disappointments and setbacks began to build intestinal fortitude, to make us wiser and infinitely more effective than those who are considered wise in this world. For us, failure is not destruction and it’s not the end. It becomes an autumn and winter that’s preparing us for another spring and summer.
This understanding within your process gives you the confidence to know that no matter what’s happening, you can look at the success of God coming forth in your life and boldly declare: I was chosen for this!
|Searcher Professors of Process and Success|
Chris and Carol Green (Hon. Causa)
|Chris and Carol Green with Chancellor Prof. Michal Pitzl and Chief Chancellor H.E. Sir Clyde Rivers|
|Chris and Carol Green respond to the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd|
|Searcher Professors of Process and Success |
Drs. Chris and Carol Green (Hon. Causa)
|Chris and Carol with the newest Life Success Coaches (left to right)|
Corneila McIntosch, Stephanie Gaul, Tina Tatnall and Heather Schreiner
|Chris and Carol Green (doctors honoris causa)|