Mike and Linda Lanphere married in 1969 and have been in the pastoral ministry since 1979. They were asked to come on staff at a large church in Southern California to oversee the Home Group ministry, where under their direction the Home Groups went from 13 to 70 over a period of three years.
Since that time they have served on staff of several large churches where they directed Pastoral Care, Counseling, Men’s, Women’s, Single Adults and Adult Christian Ed Ministries. They have planted two churches, one in Moreno Valley, Ca. where they served for eight years and in Yorba Linda, Ca. where they served for five years.
Linda came to know Christ in 1972 after a dramatic personal experience with Jesus in the hospital the night before having a spinal fusion. Shortly thereafter she began attending a Home Group. A year later Mike also committed his life to Christ when he also began attending the group. According to Mike, “at a time when I was not very lovable, this group of people loved me into the Kingdom of God. As far as I was concerned this experience encapsulated all of the good I had heard about Christianity, that is, true love, acceptance and forgiveness. My life was supernaturally changed forever. I have been involved in home groups every since”.
The Lanphere’s also became associated with the University of Nations, the educational arm of Youth With A Mission. YWAM is the largest missionary organization in the world and as such have had a tremendous effect worldwide for the cause of Christ. Mike and Linda have been teaching at bases located around the world since 1987. Their primary training classes have been in the Foundation for Biblical Counseling, Crossroads, and School of Strategic Missions. Additionally, they conduct seminars on Marriage and Family, TEAM building and Leadership Development.
Mike has a BA degree in Christian Counseling and is and certified to administer and interpret the Myers Briggs Personality Sorter and train facilitators for the Prepare and Enrich Pre-Marital/Marriage Assessment. Mike and Linda have also written a book called “In His Image”.
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A New Culture-The New Testament Church Acts 2:42-47
This booklet is designed for use in personal devotions, Small Groups, Bible Study or training leaders. Contains six lessons on the birth of the church and it's impact on it's culture. It's main focus is on Acts chapter two, which outlines essential those elements the Apostles thought important to teach to new believers.
In His Image...Discovering Your God Given Personality Characteristics. Leaders Discussion Guide.
This is a Discussion Guide for the companion ebook "In His Image." The guide parallels the book for 13 chapters. The questions take group members to a greater understanding of Personality and Temperament traits in the book. It covers all of the relational issues discussed in the book as well. There is enough material to have anywhere from a 13 week to 26 week study or a weekend couples retreat.
In His Image...Discovering Your God Given Personality Characteristics
In His Image presents people with insight about their personality characteristics. The Myers Briggs has 16 type codes but no two people with the same four letters will be the same. Contrary to feeling categorized or boxed in by the definitions, you will expand your perception of your capabilities. The book is also loaded with Biblical principles for relating to others in a healthy way.
Why Small Groups?
I created this book for a threefold purpose. First, to aid Small Group Leaders with tips on leading a small group, second to provide curriculum for six sessions on the purpose of small groups from a Biblically based perspective and finally it can be used by pastors for training small group leaders.