Ministry Purpose and Work
“The Word is My Life” Training Ministry emphasizes the power of the applied Word of God to transform. This ministry focuses on personal growth in Christ and, thereby, helps people to find their purpose in life and fulfill it.
Dr. Barrett specializes in Christian education, Biblical counseling, life application of God's Word, ministry, and leadership development. Founded in 2002, “The Word is My Life” is a training ministry assigned to bless the body of Christ. Dr. Iris Barrett uses her giftings in Christ - teaching, counseling, ministry, intercession, and writing - for God's glory and the advancement of His Kingdom.
Mini-books | Initially, the ministry began with the writing and self-publishing of 23 encouragement mini-books. These guidebooks are available on the site today 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, how to lay a foundation of belief and expectation in God, how to maintain spiritual, mental, and physical health, and how to renew the mind and view one's situation through spiritual eyes. Consider purchasing these materials for your growth and edification today!
Encouragement Counsel and Growth Talks | The training ministry provides one-on-one Biblical encouragement counseling and personal growth talks for individuals and groups. Dr. Barrett encourages by sharing and explaining scriptures with an emphasis on applying its truths. 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 - and also over the phone and online. Individuals leave the session not only with hope derived from the Word of God and prayer but also instruction on how to continue the journey toward wholeness. If you are hurting or want to move further in life, seek truth from God's Word, and contact the ministry today!
Minister Training and Development | Fulfilling her call to people development, Dr. Barrett will expand her ministry in 2021 by offering training, counseling, and development to those who discern a call to minister to others. She will guide you in how to gain clarity regarding your call and take initial steps. She will also provide instruction and guidance from God's Word on how to be strengthened in the soul - the mind and emotions - to minister in these difficult times. Dr. Barrett will share how she discerned God's call on her life and received the grace to fulfill His plans for her. Discussions, materials, personal interaction, and group interaction will be tailored to your needs. Contact me if you are interested in this new ministry venture.
YouTube and Facebook Ministry | In addition to the extensive ministry materials provided on this website, Dr. Barrett also offers additional resources to the body of Christ. Her YouTube channel houses all of her ministry videos. Also, her Facebook page provides a variety of posts to stir the spirit and encourage the soul. Led by the Holy Spirit, Dr. Barrett draws upon her background and experience as a follower of Christ as well as a lifetime of learning and applying God's Word to help believers fulfill their life's purpose.
Contact | If you are interested in “The Word is My Life” Training Ministry providing support to you or your organization, contact her through the contact form on this page. To learn more about the breadth of her experience and background, please review Dr. Barrett's curriculum vitae.
“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 for 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 and Kingdom work in the earth demonstrate 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.
You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)