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Philippi History

Philippi Trust Training – Timeline
This is a Timeline of Philippi Training from my earliest recollections to my retirement. A number of people have helped me with accuracy, but even so we are older now and our memories are a little fragile. Max & Judith Wigley, Maureen Worthington, Mark Quigley, Karen Griffiths, Fee Trim, Irene Hoeth and Jennifer are just a few. To stay focussed I have concentrated only on the Training arm of Philippi and not on Counselling, even though the Lord provided men and women of equal quality to both arms of the Trust.
1988 Malcolm Worsley

Five factors were involved in opening up the vision for the Philippi Trust. 1) Writing Divorce Court Welfare reports and seeing the pain of families breaking up. 2) Seeing Christians going forward for prayer and healing and being disappointed. 3) Working with Life sentence prisoners, who had killed a spouse or girlfriend and had not attended funeral so had no closure – also remorse in some of these men was painful to watch. 4) Being part of an experimental course helping prisoners explore ‘victim empathy’. 5) A series of Bible Studies on the Beatitudes that I couldn’t stop studying.

1988 Mark Quigley

Worked with me in the prison and helped me write programmes for victim empathy. He was my mentor in helping me translate the secular training into Biblical Counselling – Isaiah 61:1-3 was at the core of it at this time.

1988 Visit to Tenerife

This was a Godly inspired journey and where I met a small group of people who would become significant in the early days of Philippi Counselling, and for one, Dr Mairi Lack, who would become a hands-on working Trustee. It was where the vision for the Philippi Trust was confirmed. Their prayer support was disciplined, focussed and almost tangible!

1988 Moved to Maranatha Ministries

I worked as an Evangelist and started some serious writing of Counselling Training Courses. I was still studying the Beatitudes, but had no concept of the Model at this point.

1989 First heard of ACC
1989 Prayer Meeting in Kirby Stephen

At a general Prayer meeting I did not attend, but with specific prayer about Counselling Training, the Vision of the Phi Φ sign which was to become the Philippi Logo, was given to me.

1989 Hazel Brogden

Hazel typed up the very first Counselling Training Course. I remember it ran to four sheets of A4 paper which we thought was a lot at the time!

1989 Day of Prayer and Fasting in Poulton with Max & Judith Wigley and about 20 other long standing friends including Noel Fellowes.
1989 Noel Fellowes

Noel was an ex-policeman wrongly convicted and imprisoned for the murder of another man. He was the Founder and Director of Prison Fellowship. Along with his wife Coral, he gave us tremendous support, advice and encouragement.

1990 Philippi Model based on the Beatitudes began to take shape

I began to see my own journey of faith in the ordered process of the beatitudes. It was like watching individual building blocks fall into shape before merging into a whole. A wonderful Godly revelation, that seemed so obvious in retrospect, but like a tangle of spaghetti when I first tried to see them as tools for counselling.

1990 ACC informal Meetings begin

These were exploratory meetings to explore accountability and standards in Pastoral Counselling and Training.

1990 Joyce Mallinson

Joyce worked tirelessly typing and re-typing the upgraded Training Material and also arranging Counselling appointments in our home.

1990 Philippians 2:1-5

Recognised as significant to vision of Philippi Trust

1990 Maureen Worthington

First Philippi Counsellor and Trainer. Maureen worked hard in helping define Listening Based Pastoral Counselling as opposed to Prayer Ministry based counselling. Introduced me to Carkuff.

1990 Irene Leek

Irene was a principal Counsellor who came from a Prayer Ministry based background who quickly adapted to the Philippi Model of non-intrusive counselling. She was prayer focussed in helping us determine God’s way forward for the Trust.

1990 Ron & Sylvia Taylor

Ron was a good hearted ‘Gofor’ and an incredible help. Sylvia helped Joyce check and re-check Training Course revisions and Up-grades!

1991 Dave Linnington

Dave was an experienced Biblical Counsellor and a Church leader. He was actively involved in pastoral care and shared my concerns over quality of Counsellor training and accountability. He was the first person I shared the Philippi Model of the Beatitudes with and he encouraged me to develop it further. He quashed any doubts as to whether it was a direct revelation from the Lord. Dave helped me raise the standards of Philippi Training to a new level and I was able to write at length about how the Model would work in practice.

1992 Counselling Training started in Tenerife

The Philippi Model was established and Philippians 2:1-5 had become our Spiritual Charter. The Basic and Advanced Courses were written and Accredited and the Church in Tenerife was keen to host one of our first Advanced Training Courses. I spent two weeks Training and also reviewing the content with the help of Mairi Lack and Pastor Arnold Maughan. One of our biggest struggles was in separating what we called "Counselling" from Prayer Ministry, Deliverance Ministry and Evangelistic Counselling. The Philippi Model of counselling was very different from this type of ministry, which for many years had been collectively called counselling and was confusing to our students. I wrote a number of training sessions to address this along with some diagrams. It was a time when we were trying to consolidate the Philippi Model and improve the overall quality of our training. Counselling Training standards were being updated every few months at this stage as the ACC tried to find an acceptable threshold for minimum standards.

1992 ACC Established

Having appointed a Board and determined standards, the ACC was established. I was appointed to the Board and also to the Training Standards Committee. I was also given responsibility for establishing ACC in the North West of England.

1992 Mike Rees

Mike joined the team who were exploring the possibility of registering Philippi as a Charity. He took an active interest in helping set up the Philippi Trust and was a valued Chair of the Trustees for over 10 years.

1992 Mairi Lack

Mairi was one of the pillars of Philippi. She was a medical Dr with a genuine heart for Pastoral Care. She was also a good Scholar and Theologian. She was one of the original Trustees and was ‘hands-on’ in helping develop our Counselling provision and Counselling Training Courses. She was also active in joining me on the various Evangelistic Missions I slotted in between running Courses! She made regular working visits to Philippi House to work on the Training Material and encourage the Team at the office. She did much of the work that Jan Younger was to pick up on. At this time the Courses were run without detailed Trainers Notes and the Basic Course was only 30 hours. Mairi was prayer focussed and demanded the highest standards.

1992 Richard Hesketh

Richard was a Qualified Person Centred Counsellor and keen to integrate secular counselling with his Christian beliefs. He suggested more listening skills and empathy exercises be included in the training courses. He also helped me see the true value of Carkhuff’s core conditions and their compatibility with the Philippi Model and how they could provide an essential measure in our Counselling Training practice.

1993 Joyce Webb

Joyce was a Prayer Warrior who also had connections with the Church in Tenerife. She was the one who had the vision for Philippi House.

1993 Philippi Trust registered as a Charity

The Trust was registered as a charity in Jan 1993.

1993 Foundation and Advanced Courses Recognised by ACC.

The training manuals submitted to the ACC for accreditation and recognition of these Courses were very different from the four pages that made up our earlier Training Course and became the core of all future Courses within Philippi. The Philippi Model was defined and the Training content and method decided. For the Trainers and for ACC submission, Trainers Notes were included with Course Training Manuals at this stage. At this time we had four Courses Accredited and recognised by the ACC:- Foundation (Level 1), Advanced (Level 2), Child Abuse and Addictions and Dependencies.

1993 Purchase of Philippi House

At the end of 1993 we were able to move into a large house that was desperately in need of decoration, renovation and heat! The small team that had been working in the rear lounge of our house in Poulton, all moved into what was to become Philippi House. We had a mammoth task on our hands but with willing hearts and strong shoulders we all mucked in and did whatever needed doing. By Christmas we had a couple of rooms finished and in the New Year began a new era of Philippi.

1994 Karen Griffiths

Karen joined us at the beginning of 1994 and was another of the pillars of Philippi. When she came for her interview she had to step across raised floor boards, tool boxes, ladders and wooden beams! Karen’s contribution to the overall smooth running of Philippi cannot be emphasised enough. She was an excellent team member yet someone who could also take responsibility and show initiative. She had to cope with changes taking place on a daily basis and familiarise herself with new equipment as we started printing our own Training Manuals. The way the Manuals were put together dates them in their historical order. The earliest were string and metal Tags, followed by Metal fasteners, followed by Adhesive Ribs, followed by Plastic Binding Combs and finally by Ring Binder Folders! Karen was at the hub of Philippi and a person who lived and worked within the characteristics of the Philippi Charter. By Autumn we had a full diary of Training Courses and it was becoming difficult for myself and Dave Linnigton to manage our Training commitments. See Final Paragraph page 182 Out of Bounds.

1994 Training Course Reviews

This also coincided with a need to review the content of our Courses. The ACC had now defined Christian counselling as activities which “…seek to help people towards constructive change and growth in any or every aspect of their lives, through a caring relationship and within agreed relational boundaries”. Prior to this some of our teaching had focussed on defining what counselling wasn't as much as what it was! Previously Counselling had been used to describe a wide range of activities including Discipleship Counselling, Deliverance Ministry, Prayer Ministry, and Biblical Counselling. Many of these were directive in their approach offering advice and laying on of hands. The Philippi Model was minimally directive and always left the power with the counselee. Our Training had now made two significant jumps from 10 hours Training, up to 30hours and then to 60 hours. This was a challenging time for all of us as we tried to work out what to include and exclude from the Training while still meeting the demands of the ACC. Mairi Lack was a great help, but trying to stay true to the Philippi Vision and to the ACC Training criteria was a difficult juggling act.

1994 Brussels Oasis Counselling

Having our Training Courses Recognised and Accredited by the ACC allowed us to deliver Training in other areas. Through Liz Gowen and Elaine Dunn we were able to provide Christian Counselling Training to the Oasis Counselling Centre in Brussels. These courses were very well attended and the prayer base to all they did was deep and meaningful. I was privileged to serve as a Trustee on the Board of Oasis.

1994 Jan Younger

Jan joined us at the end of October 1994 and was again one of the pillars of Philippi. She came from a teaching and not a training background and with no previous counselling experience she was on a massive learning curve! By the middle of 1995 Jan had picked up on the Philippi Model and the Training courses. One of her first tasks was to significantly upgrade the Trainers Notes. Dave and I had used only minimal notes, but Jan’s systematic training style needed comprehensive notes. This coincided with ACC Standards Committee upgrading all training material and so the timing was perfect. While I was able to make necessary changes and additions to the Training Material Jan's orderly and systematic working style produced detailed Leaders’ Notes. In addition the ACC were now looking for defined Learning Outcomes to be identified in a complex and lengthy submission. This was to be an on-going feature as Training standards were raised and more content added. The challenge for us at this stage was maintaining our core values and the central elements of the Philippi Model, whilst making the required changes in training content. Jan’s gifts in administration plus her knowledge of Lesson Plans and Learning Outcomes was invaluable in putting our submissions together. As I worked on making adjustments to the Training content and teaching method, Jan had the bigger task of rearranging the Leaders Notes and completing our submissions to the ACC. Once she was settled I recommended her as a Member of the Training Standards Committee. Jan proved to be an excellent Director of Training in upgrading the Training submissions and in delivering Counselling Training. Following my retirement Jan became a member of the management Team.

1995 YWAM Training

At the beginning of 1995, with ACC recognised and established Counselling Training Courses, we were asked to undertake some Counselling Training in St Helens for YWAM students. As a consequence of this training we were invited to consider taking our training to Namibia and South Africa. Three students on this course were Marianne Oliver from Namibia and Chantal Philander and Linda Rowett from South Africa.

1996 Namibia

Mike Rees joined me on this initial visit to Namibia and approved exploring the possibility of delivering Counselling Training in this region. Philippi Namibia is now established in its own right as a registered Charity with its own Board of Trustees with Marianne Olivier at its head. The Level 1 and level 2 Counselling Training Courses were given to them as a Gift by me on behalf of Philippi UK. They were given permission to develop Counselling Training to meet local need, but not to change the core values of the Philippi Model.

1997 South Africa

Following on from our Training Course in Namibia, we were invited to visit South Africa. Apart from visiting the Cape region I also visited a friend of Rev Guy Cornwall-Jones, one of our Trustees, who lived in Natal. There was a real sense of God’s approval of our work in Namibia and also in both parts of South Africa. The Level 1 and level 2 Counselling Training Courses were given to them as a Gift by me on behalf of Philippi UK. They were given permission to develop Counselling Training to meet local need, but not to change the core values of the Philippi Model. Linda Rowett and Chantal Philander worked in the Cape and established a Board of Trustees and registered the Philippi Trust as a charity. Barbara Kerr established training in the Natal region.

1998 Training Material

By 1998 it became apparent that as each Country looked at local need, Philippi Courses needed to be culturalised and Training designed to meet local need. In the UK it was reasonably straight forward as we followed the lead of the ACC. In Namibia and South Africa, the local need was for HIV/AIDS Counselling, and providing support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children. (Visit their websites for more information.) While UK standards of Accreditation were followed for a while, the ACC could not validate HIV/AIDS Courses or other culturally viable training. It was agreed that the Christian ethos of the Courses should be maintained and all Courses approved by their own Boards of Trustees.

1998 Germany

In 1997 Elfieda Gomma, a German lady attended a Philippi Counselling Training Course in the UK and invited me to visit her in Germany in 1997. As a consequence of that meeting I ran a Level 1 Course in Jan 1998 in Bensheim and met Irene Hoeth. She is a qualified nurse, and someone with an interest in counselling and healing and was my interpreter on the Course. At that time the ACC in the UK was trying to establish European Counselling standards and a small group of people were trying to establish Counselling and Training standards in Germany. Irene had an interest in this and looked at the potential of delivering Philippi Counselling and Training in Germany. With the support of husband Gunter, she formed a Board of Trustees and registered Philippi as a charity in Germany. As with Namibia and South Africa The Level 1 and level 2 Counselling Training Courses were given to them as a Gift by me on behalf of Philippi UK. They were given permission to develop Counselling Training to meet local need, but not to change the core values of the Philippi Model. Irene hosted the International Philippi Conference in October 2011.


Fee Trim was appointed as a Trainer.

2001 USA

Ruth Riding-Malon, who had attended our Training in Brussels and who lived in the USA, invited us to explore Training potential in Kentucky. She is a highly qualified and gifted Counsellor/Psychotherapist. She is an academic committed to Christian Counselling. She is committed to Philippi and has offered her gifts to do research for Philippi International.

2002 Guernsey

I had previously visited Guernsey in 1990 to explore the potential for Counselling Training, but that very clearly was not within God’s time frame for them. I did however remain in contact with one man and as a result, through his Church, we planned a Counselling Training Course in 1992.

This was a well-attended Course and the timing on this occasion seemed just right. As a consequence Dr Margaret Ogier, one of the original students, is now managing a very effective and valued Philippi Trust Guernsey, with its own Board of Trustees. As with Namibia, South Africa and Germany The Level 1 and level 2 Counselling Training Courses were given to them as a Gift by me on behalf of Philippi UK. They were given permission to develop Counselling Training to meet local need, but not to change the core values of the Philippi Model. Philippi Guernsey has close links with Philippi UK and share the same training material.
2003 Diploma Course

The Diploma Course had been a goal I wanted to achieve before retirement. I had amassed a collection of bits and pieces of Training material throughout the years. The challenge was to put them together in such a way as to satisfy the ACC Accreditation Committee and to integrate the Philippi Model into more Advanced Carkuff standards. Combining Training Aims and Training methods with learning outcomes and an ACC Accreditation submission was a mammoth task. One of the major challenges was fully maintaining our Christian ethos while trying to satisfy Educational demands. While I took responsibility for the Training Material and Learning method, Jan took responsibility for ensuring that the Training Goals married up with the required learning outcomes and the ACC submission for recognition. The lines weren’t quite as clearly defined as that, but the Course was written, students were trained and ultimately the Course was recognised by the ACC, but not until after my retirement.

2004 My Retirement

My retirement came at a good time for me but at a crucial time for the Trust. It was one of those pivotal moments that happens every few years when difficult decisions need to be made. Who would Manage Philippi? Who would own the Training Material? Should the Christian ethos be strengthened or should the education validation through Open College be the focus? Should the original vision be maintained or was there a new vision for a new phase? How Christian should the Courses be? Issues about the training material developed by overseas Branches was also in the melting pot. What was the shape of the Branch structure for Philippi international? How could Philippi become financially viable? How could training courses continue to be delivered with a limited number of Trainers and limited funding? How much should the Training Dept subsidise the Counselling arm of Philippi? Should the Logo be changed? With this challenging Kaleidoscope of pressures the challenges for the future were immense. Six different Courses were Recognised and Accredited by the ACC, from a Listeners Course to Diploma, with some validated by the Open College Network.

I must mention Graham Sutton, because I do believe that Graham was the right man to take over, and his vision of Philippi 'footprints', still gives me a Holy Buzz. I still believe that he was right but perhaps the timing was wrong.


The Philippi Trust now has a new Manager and a new team of Trustees. The next part of the Philippi timeline is their story.

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