"George is an experienced Christian counsellor you can trust. He speaks clearly without clinical superiority or labels."
Agnes Sanford, The Healing Light
Right after I made that life transforming decision to give my life to God, I was given a significant book about how to pray by Agnes Sanford - The Healing Light. Agnes Sanford was a significant pioneer voice in Christian prayer and inner healing in the mainline churches. She taught how to pray; how to pray for physical healing; how to pray for emotional issues and how to pray for the good earth.
Agnes founded and lead Schools of Pastoral Care to teach prayer to clergy. She participated in the CFO movement (Camp Furthest Out) founded by her friend Glen Clark.
I learned how to pray from reading Agnes Sanford after giving my life to God. How to pray for inner and emotional healing ws included in The Healing Light. Agnes naturaly and easily used the imagination in prayer.
(This practice came under severe attack in USA by groups who hunted for heresy, 'psychoheresy,' and anything associated with 'New Age' or 'Occult' practices. This group strongly advocates for the devil and groups that serve darkness that the devil has exclusive right to the human imagination. They attempt to strip the saints of the use of the imagination in prayer. Their skewed logic is that the imagination is bad; the use of the imagination in prayer is sinful or a 'psychoheresy' because 'New Age' groups use the imagination. They are, in fact, adding to scripture - which is a sin - by making up new sins that are not Biblically based. Genesis makes it clear that God created mankind which gives all humans, and especially sanctified ones, the right to all the faculties that God gave us. The imagination is God given and my prayer practices and teaching make full and foundational use of the imagination in prayer.)
I attended a mission of Agnes Sanford in Calgary (1975). This was one of her final public teachings. In my view Agnes Sanford is to be honoured for returning healing prayer to the mainline churches and for breakthrough work in inner healing prayer and prayer for creation. I honour this 'mother' of prayer and inner healing as my first mentor. May God be glorified in and through the helpful writings of Agnes Sanford. (Read Agnes with love and discernment. Pioneers often blaze some wrong trails and Agnes was not perfect. She was, though, powerful in the Kingdom of God.)
John and Paula Sandford, Transformation of the Inner Man
Later, I began to study the works of John
and Paula Sandford of Elijah
House: Restoring the
Christian Family, Transformation of the Inner Man and Healing
the Wounded Spirit. I attended an early training course of
theirs in Alberta (1980), courses they taught in Ontario and
collaborated with them in arranging teaching tours in Ontario.
Leanne Payne, Listening Prayer
Leanne Payne influenced me when I attended her Pastoral Ministry School in the USA near Detroit. Leanne Payne - C.S. Lewis scholar, author, founder of the Pastoral Care Ministry School - provided the vision and testimonies as to the effectiveness of listening prayer in therapy. Leanne Payne - Listening Prayer,
John Regier, Neil Anderson, mentors
Father Terrence McKenna is the Roman Catholic chaplain at Pearson International Airport where he can be reached at (905) 676-9560. Terry is Chairman of the Board of Reference.
Letters of Reference from:
Father Bill Comerford - now Director of Service for the Charismatic Service Team of Ontario - is a member of the Redemptorist Community. He writes: "I recommend George as a counsellor. He is a wise man with much experience. God Bless, Bill."
Ann Decasseres - member of Board of Reference:
Ann writes: I have known George Hartwell since 1997 and experienced and observed him in many facets and arenas, as co-members of a congregation, as a client and as a participant of his mentoring program and retreats.
My direct experience has been that George is an authentic, principled, caring and gentle professional who is spirit-led and walks in love. He actively and consistently demonstrates respect for the integrity of the individual, while offering wise, prudent, pertinent and challenging counsel for the situation at hand. He is trustworthy, maintains confidentiality and willing sows his time, gifts and talents into the lives of others.
By demonstrating unconditional love, freedom from legalism and practicing effective listening and communication skills, George creates a supportive and conducive environment for clients to grow into all they were created and designed to be.
It has been said "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and the Christian family can excel together to accomplish God's will where there is ongoing encouragement and support for the body."* In my estimation George functions as a "balcony" person - delivering ongoing encouragement and support to those he encounters and / or serves in a professional capacity. He exemplifies "I encourage and edify. I never tear down or destroy" and consistently makes a tangible contribution to expanding the Kingdom.
See letters from Mission to Scotland
Office at #125 1454 Dundas Street East, Mississauga (Dundas and Dixie) - (416) 234-1850.
to have the joy of seeing lives healed - emotional and inner healing
- through Listening Prayer Therapy and to train others to do the
same. More about my heart.
·Group therapy and family therapy at Alberta Hospital Ponoka (4 years).
·Family counsellor at Preventive Social Services, Athabasca, Alberta (3 years).
·Agape Christian Counselling - private practice - Toronto (20 years).
·Meditations for Sermon Closings: http://www.spirit-net.ca/sermon.html
Mentor / Training in Christian Therapy
DVD's in the form of several courses are available. These provide
traing and theory of prayer, counselling, and prayer therapy.
These are reports from an outside person who interviews one of my clients for accountability purposes
Report from an individual retreat at Mount Alverno Retreat Center, Brother David Connolly reporting:
During that conversation she stated or affirmed the following:
- she felt very comfortable in the environment (Clare's Place) and safe in your presence.
- you were very attentive and a good listener. She felt heard and understood.
- you were kind and very intelligent and clear in your communication.
- with your assistance Ann was able to gain insights, self-understanding and better self-acceptance.
- she appreciated the prayer focus of your encounters which gave her a different (and liberating) perspective of her own experience and her experience of God. Healing occurred.
- she would very much like to continue therapy with you and would not hesitate to recommend you to others.
I hope this is helpful.
Blessings on your continuing work and ministry.
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