The courses taught in the S.H.I.N.E. Educational Institute are intended to develop and strengthen biblical knowledge and medical ability within the hearts and minds of gospel health evangelists globally. They are unique in that they lay a broad foundation for effective health coaching and integrated gospel health evangelism, such that even the aspiring gospel health evangelist with rudimentary knowledge and minimal skills can enroll and grow exponentially. Additionally, even the most advanced gospel health evangelist will benefit from the S.H.I.N.E. Educational Institute, as it takes students on a journey of discovery behind the scenes of the fields of medicine and gospel work, instructing them concerning new methods of organization, the well-nigh lost art of seamlessly integrating health with the gospel, and best practices in the field of gospel health evangelism. Through these courses, gospel health evangelists are equipped to intelligently, confidently, and responsibly engage in their God-entrusted work of health coaching, lifestyle consulting, and leading others to Christ.
The training offered by the S.H.I.N.E. Educational Institute is unique in that it lays a broad foundation for integrated gospel health evangelism and then delves deeply into the intricacies of the fields of religion and medicine. Our goal at the S.E.I. is to be used by God to produce adept, consecrated leaders for the global field, and one of the most important things to us as we engage in this work is to ensure that our students are able to thoroughly understand and think independently concerning the concepts that surround health, religion, and evangelism. We prepare our students to converse intelligently with experts in these fields and to confidently and responsibly help people become physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually well.
Our health coaches learn how to responsibly coach others toward better health. They study drug-drug, herb-disease, and drug-herb interactions. They learn how to locate evidence-based therapies and how to tell whether or not their therapies are effectively addressing their clients’ health concerns. They learn the dictates of the law as it applies to the work of health coaching and how to ensure that they remain in compliance. They learn the importance of spirituality in their work and tips to keep their connection with God at the forefront of their experience. And they receive individual support from our doctor and educational team throughout their training.
Our training is different because we are seeking through the work of the S.E.I., to develop autonomous leaders. We aim to provide the highest-quality of in-depth, cutting-edge, scientific and religious training and we encourage and equip our students to take what we provide and ascend to even greater heights. We aim to prepare them to confidently engage in their work, to gain precious experiences and then impart their knowledge to others, and to start enterprises that will contribute to the worldwide work and the overall mission of the Seventh-day Adventist church. Even after our students have completed our courses, we continue to help them grow in understanding and in experience through various means and we make ourselves available to them as they embark upon future evangelistic projects, with a goal of broadening the scope of sustainable, effective, integrated gospel health evangelistic efforts taking place throughout the global field.
Absolutely not! The S.H.I.N.E. Educational Institute is conducted online for the main purpose of making high-quality, integrated gospel health evangelism training available to individuals worldwide. The principles taught within each course can be easily adapted to fit the needs of any region of the globe.
We are told that every church member should be a medical missionary. In other words, every member of the church should be trained in the work of reaching souls as Christ did, by ministering to them physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially. Not every church member, however, is able to secure time off from work or school in order to secure such training. The training at S.E.I. is designed with students and working persons in mind. It is flexible in that coursework can be completed any time of day and it is not necessary for a person to take a given amount of time off from work, school, or other duties in order to gain the training and experience that will enable him or her to effectively help and reach others.
In order to enroll in one of the courses at the S.H.I.N.E. Educational Institute, you will need a Bible, an electronic device with a reliable internet connection, and a web camera or other means of taking photos and recording videos. Access to a printer may also be necessary at various points throughout each course. The cost of the textbook and workbook (where applicable) for each course is included in the cost of the course, as is domestic shipping. If you require international shipping, please contact us at the S.H.I.N.E. Educational Institute via email or using the chat box at the bottom of this site.
Courses are offered on a quarterly basis at S.H.I.N.E. Educational Institute. In these courses, students are privileged to learn from video lectures and other multimedia resources, assigned readings from the required textbooks, supplementary readings which will be posted on the course site as needed, direct interaction with our staff via the course forum, and special, private, continuing education webinars that we offer to our students and alumni from time to time. Student performance will be evaluated through quizzes, projects, and group activities.
In courses that include group activities, students are usually assigned groups based on geographical proximity to each other. The goal of such activities is to foster cooperation among students in the same region and to encourage further collaboration in future ministerial and evangelistic endeavors.
We have endeavored to pack all of the information that we deem essential to various aspects of successful gospel health evangelism into corresponding courses. As a result, commitment, dedication, and a sincere desire to take full advantage of the training will be required in order to successfully complete the courses. Depending on your previous experience and learning style, you may need to devote more time to studying and experimenting with the material, but, for the average person, if you are able to dedicate 8-12 hours per week to studying, completing required coursework, and implementing the practical skills that are taught each week, you will be well on your way to becoming a confident, intelligent, and responsible health coach and gospel health evangelist in the studied area by the end of your 3-month course.
Upon completion of each of the courses, students should be able to meet all objectives for the course (as listed on the syllabus and the “Courses” page on this site) and practically apply those principles to the specific area of work. For example, upon successful completion of the Foundations of Gospel Health Evangelism (formerly Health Coaching & Advanced Lifestyle Consultations) course, among other things, you should be able to conduct and properly document a complete health coaching session; make appropriate, evidence-based recommendations to clients with a variety of ailments; and converse intelligently with physicians about individual cases with which you are familiar.
Students enrolled in this class also gain access to our Business Center which provides helpful information on how to start a virtual or in-person health coaching business, city mission, or lifestyle center, including logo construction, website design, service pricing, online platforms for video consulting, and more. We also promote our students and alumni on social media to help them gain exposure and feature our health coaches on our website, which helps increase their websites’ rankings with Google and other search engines.
We encourage collaboration among our students in ways that foster intellectual and spiritual growth and greater concerted efforts to reach souls for Christ. Additionally, we encourage all who have completed at least one course at the S.H.I.N.E. Educational Institute to join the “SHINE Educational Institute Online” Facebook group, which provides a medium for professional networking among and continued support from both peers and instructors as our former students meet challenges in their evangelistic endeavors.
Our students are afforded opportunities to shadow and learn from our medical director, Dr. Janelle Louis, and our education director, Jeff Louis, in order to learn both the clinical and business aspects of medicine. When our students have attained sufficient experience and decide to start a larger enterprise, such as a school, lifestyle center, or city mission, we make ourselves available to them throughout the entire process and help them in various ways to make the work a success.
It really matters to us that you are thoroughly equipped to intelligently engage in the Lord’s work, so we want to ensure that you have all of the information that you need in order to make an informed decision about enrolling in the S.H.I.N.E. Educational Institute. You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your question and we will respond to your inquiry within 48 hours of receiving your email.