The Spirituotherapy model illustrates the strategy that ties together the spiritual constructs. The final step of appropriation of Christ as Life may be reached by the end of the first interview, or it may be necessary to repeat and enhance steps before moving on to the consummation of the exchange of the self-life for the Christ-life. The model will serve a a guide for the intitial interview or for a succession of interviews with additional teaching in each step as required for self-understanding or for understanding the new identity in Christ. At any point in the process, the Holy Spirit may intervene and sovereignly change the direction in a manner suited to the needs of the individual. The minister must intuitively follow His direction rather than rigidly adhere to some plan prescribed in advance.
The model begins with meeting the individual and learning the presenting problem such that fellowship might be established. Once this is accomplished, a life history will be elicited which covers his psychological, sociological, and spiritual dimensions of the life. Once the history is completed, it will be summarized in the form of identity structure using the Wheel Diagram to give substance to it (the lower track). In the summation of the Wheel Diagram, it is possible to assert that the self-life, or flesh, is the core problem. Combining the history and the Wheel Diagram, it is often possible to wrap the fleshly identity into a neat package, which can be dealt with as a unit. Simultaneously, the new identity in Christ is introduced using the Line Diagram (the upper track) and other teachings, which open up the scriptures regarding this vital truth. For the remainder of the first session, and succeeding sessions, as necessary, the strategy will be to bring the old identity and the new increasingly into focus such that the client may be able to contrast and compare them and that the Holy Spirit can bring conviction of the flesh. These two parallel tracks will be enhanced in various ways from the scriptures and the use of visual aids as appropriate until the client is prepared of the Holy Spirit to make a faith appropriation of Christ as Life.
After the appropriation is consummated, it is necessary to test for reality in both objective and subjective ways in succeeding sessions. Assuming the test is positive, discipleship teaching is in order that the Cross might be applied to problem areas and relationships. While most of this should be done in context of the church, it can be commenced in the one-on-one setting usually known as counseling. If the counseling is done outside the church, the objective should be to get the believer into a discipleship group in his church as expeditiously as possible. Spirituotherapy should be viewed as the front end of discipleship just as evangelism is the beginning of the believer’s walk with the Lord. Luke 14:27 states:
“And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be My disciple.”
Once a believer has experienced the work of the Cross in his life through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, most of the follow-up work should be done in koinonia groups and related ministry by more mature believers.
-From the Institute in Spirituotherapy
Copyright, Charles R. Solomon