“The Word is My Life” Training Ministry is founded upon the Word of God. The belief system undergirding this ministry is the following: God, the great Creator, has a plan for our lives (Jeremiah 1:5; Jeremiah 29:11). God exists from everlasting to everlasting (Psalm 90:2), overseeing His divine plans and purposes.
I also believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He shed His blood - ultimately offering up His life - to free us from the curse of sin (John 3:16). Not only is the power of sin broken in the life of the believer, but we are free to live a new life in Christ (1 Cor. 15:22). For believers - those who receive Jesus Christ as Savior - He comes to dwell within us (Colossians 1:27), care for us lovingly as our Shepherd (Psalm 23:1), and minister to our souls (1 Peter 2:25).
Jesus has also provided us a comforter - the Holy Spirit of God - who teaches us, guides us into truth, and lights the path of our lives (John 16:13; John 14:15-18).
As believers, we are the body of Christ. We join God in the great work He has ordained for the ages. As we fulfill our life’s call - the purpose for which we were created - the Kingdom of God advances. Just as Jesus said, “The Kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17), our presence in the earth demonstrates the same.
Luke 4:18-19 reveals the purpose and plan for my life and that of this ministry: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” I am simply following in the footsteps of Jesus. I am determined to complete my life’s mandate with the hand of God upon me and with the presence of Jesus Christ (and the power of His Spirit) within me. I endeavor to be a vessel for the Master’s use.
“The Word is My Life” Training Ministry emphasizes the power of God’s Word and its ability to transform lives when applied. Focusing on Christian education and counsel, life application of the Word of God, and leadership development, “The Word is My Life” has been on the move since its inception in 2002. For 17 years, Dr. Iris Barrett has used her giftings - teaching, counseling, ministry, intercession, and writing - to bless the body of Christ.
Mini-books | The initial work was the writing and self-publishing of 23 encouragement mini-books for those seeking Biblical answers to life’s pressing problems. The most popular mini-book in the series is “Encouragement for Your Future.” These mini-books address the power of the Christian faith and specifically how to lay a foundation of belief and expectation in God. Dr. Barrett also instructs believers in how to maintain spiritual, mental, and physical health as they live out their faith. Lastly, ample scriptures are provided to help believers renew their minds and view their situations through spiritual eyes. Consider purchasing these materials for your growth and edification today!
Encouragement Counseling | The training ministry also provides one-on-one Biblical encouragement counseling for individuals and groups. Dr. Barrett encourages by sharing and explaining scriptures with an emphasis on applying the Word. She also prays for counselees and shares from her own life experience. Counsel is provided at Christian Community Outreach Ministries (CCOM) in Hickory, NC - see calendar - but also can be provided over the phone and online. Individuals leave the session with hope derived from the Word of God and prayer and are given instruction on how to continue the journey toward wholeness. If you are hurting or discouraged, seek truth from God's Word through encouragement counseling and prayer ministry. Contact the ministry today!
Encouragement Sessions | Intentional in people development, Dr. Barrett conducts encouragement sessions for women who seek a mentor and encourager in their Christian walk. "Women With a Call" provides fellowship and community for women who desire discipleship, soul care, and prayer. This group meets at Christian Community Outreach Ministries in Hickory, NC. Dr. Barrett also disciples women who are called to minister to the body of Christ. This group - "Women in Ministry" - meets weekly at CCOM. See the ministry calendar for the next scheduled meeting. We'd love to have you join us!
People Development | A new area of ministry being offered is the development of church ministers, staff, and other leaders. Dr. Barrett has an extensive background in organizational leadership and development, having taught in business/industry and on the university level. As she is led by the Holy Spirit, Dr. Barrett draws upon her leadership development skills, Biblical instruction from the Word of God, and prayer to equip church and ministry leaders for the fulfillment of their purpose. Contact Dr. Barrett for the assistance you need in your personal development or the development of others. Her life's call is to help the body of Christ advance the Kingdom of God personally and corporately.
You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)