Use health as an entering wedge to reach souls for Christ, through learning and applying lifestyle principles, natural remedies, efficient methods of growing food, cycles of health evangelism, and much more.
Medical missionary work is a highly spiritual work and its goal is to point people to Jesus, the Great Physician. Uchee Pines Institute is ever looking for individuals that are spiritual, faithful, professional, committed, and diligent in service to be trained as medical missionaries.
The two-year Lifestyle Counselor program has been designed to fit men and women who have a burden to be medical missionaries of the highest order. The goal of the program is to prepare these individuals to:
- Effectively educate people in lifestyle principles and natural remedies in an effort to help them bring their lives into harmony with the laws of nature.
- Relieve human suffering and combat disease by using nature’s rational remedies.
- Share in Christ’s ministry of sacrificial service and work to the eternal salvation of those for whom He labors.
- Be prepared to function effectively in the care of the sick in a lifestyle center or mission station.
This program is very demanding and consists of two 1-year phases. The first 1-year phase involves classroom instruction in the morning and practical work experience in the afternoon in various departments. In the last two months practical work experience involves shadowing a senior LC. This experience will prepare them for the 1-year practicum phase at the end of the program, when a trainee is responsible for full-time guest care and management with direct interaction between the medical staff and lifestyle guests.
Under the direction of the medical staff, the trainee assists with: guest evaluation and management, history taking, physical examination, selecting a course of treatment, and administering appropriate remedies (including nutritional, herbals, hydrotherapy, massage and others).
Trainees, on scheduled days during a session, participate in a medical conference with the medical staff where they present guest concerns and make recommendations on a course of treatment. Afterwards, they accompany their guest(s) to their doctor’s visit. These experiences afford wonderful learning opportunities and provide continuing education.
Trainees give lectures on topics such as: nutrition, exercise, shopping tips, simple natural remedies, and stress management to our guests. Also, they give hands-on classes to our guests as the following: cooking demonstrations, exercise, gardening and the use of natural remedies. In addition, in their daily one-on-one interaction with their assigned guest(s), counselor trainees are given opportunities to further educate and counsel on lifestyle principles and natural remedies, and if welcomed, they may also educate and counsel on spiritual matters.
View the MASTERS HANDBOOK here.
Classes are offered in 12, 4-week blocks, with classroom time occupying one half of the day, and industrial training/work occupying the other half of the day, and with dedicated time set apart for personal devotions and study. Those who successfully complete the entire Lifestyle Educator course (or an equivalent Uchee Pines approved program) are eligible to apply for the Lifestyle Counselor Course.
The total cost for the LC course is $7,500. This amount includes room, board, and tuition for the entire training.
If one is interested in coming for a block (4 weeks), the cost is $700.
Please refer to the MASTERS HANDBOOK for a complete list of the financial policy and work/study option.
Lifestyle Counselor COURSE Block Classes and Dates
July 2017 – June 2018
Block 1 – July 5 – July 28
Health Center Orientation (28 Hours)
Medical Ministry (35 Hours)
Block 2 – July 31 – August 25
Swedish & Therapeutic Massage (70 Hours)
Block 3 – August 28 – September 22
Tropical Pathology (17 Hours)
Medical Terminology (35 Hours)
Ministry Development (17 Hours)
Block 4 – September 25 – October 20
Christ’s Methods (17 Hours)
Christian Ethics (17 Hours)
Christian Leadership (17 Hours)
Christian Management (17 Hours)
Block 5 – October 23 – November 17
Common Diseases (35 Hours)
Herbal Remedies (35 Hours)
Block 6 – November 20 – December 15
Physiology of Hydrotherapy (17 Hours)
Hydrotherapy Practicum (46 Hours)
Block 7 – January 2 – January 26
Therapeutic Nutrition (31 Hours)
Phlebotomy & Lab (35 Hours)
Block 8 – January 29 – February 23
Patient Evaluation & Management I (70 of 140 Hours)
Block 9 – February 26 – March 23
Patient Evaluation & Management II (70 of 140 Hours)
Block 10 – March 26 – April 20
Project Management (17 Hours)
Business Evangelism (10 Hours)
Food Service Management (10 Hours)
Marketing (14 Hours)
Block 11 – April 23 – May 18
Human Resource Management (10 Hours)
Biblical Counseling (35 Hours)
Block 12 – May 21 – June 15
Accounting (10 Hours)
SDA Sanitarium History (10 Hours)
Patient Care (Hours Vary)
PRACTICUM – July 2018 – June 2019
Are you ready to apply?
View the MASTERS HANDBOOK here.
HAVE QUESTIONS? Call 334-855-2903