From the Sandhills of rural North Carolina and the mountains of New York State, Kirk Lewis and Melanie came to the hills of Tennessee to prepare for Christian service at Tennessee Temple University. At the annual missions’ conferences, they connected to a wide variety of mission agencies to determine how they could be utilized in supporting missionary families. The common answer echoed, “Get some experience and then come back and see us.”
Throughout childhood Melanie witnessed hurting ministry families cared for through the gifted hospitality of her parents. Kirk’s childhood provided continuous testimony of people professing Christianity with little evidence of a set apart life. Ministry families suffered in silence around them. As a result, Kirk and Melanie’s deep desire has been to help people find Christ relevant to every area of life, whether they are in the pulpit or the pew.
Even in the inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation hospital where Kirk was employed, he noted Christians and ministry families struggling to live effective lives with sustained ministries. In private practice Kirk and Melanie initiated support groups for ministers and their wives, and also provided individual counseling for ministry workers and family members. The devastation of the clergy has been astounding.
On a quest to fortify the body of Christ, Kirk and Melanie moved their counseling practice to a church-based setting. As an ordained minister, Kirk facilitates open dialog with ministers and prospective Christian workers regarding the unique challenges associated with a faith-based career. Melanie addresses the needs of fatigued women and children by rebuilding confidence, providing encouragement, and outlining directional guidance.
For decades, Kirk and Melanie Lewis have ministered as a team, challenging people to an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. As counselors they are committed to using Biblical principles to facilitate healing and liberate weary souls from emotional bondage. Their counsel is founded upon the belief that Jesus Christ is the center of well-being, that the Bible is the authority, and that psychology is the applied aspect of theology. Through consistent application of Biblical truths they have fostered a community of compassionate caregivers who strive to point others to find Christ relevant to every area of life.
Together Kirk and Melanie co-authored Desperate Dependency: Finding Christ Relevant to Every Area of Life. Their life message incorporated in this work serves as a counseling curriculum and spiritual growth model when teaching, tending, and training Christian leaders. The mentoring and discipleship process has facilitated growth in countless people, many of whom now make up DESPERATELY DEPENDENT COMMUNITY. While cultivating this community, those who have been ministered to, mature to compassionate caregivers who in turn minister to others. The reciprocating cycle integrates continuous testimony of changed lives that motivate and encourage the community. Individuals who have “been there” support those who flounder even in leadership positions.
Other curriculums including Marriages that Minister and As A Little Child develop the framework for finding Christ relevant to marriage, and parenting while incorporating Scriptural truth as the foundation. These Biblical truths are expounded to produce authentic Christian living on a practical level. Intensives are offered to present the entire course of study through classes, seminars, and conferences. Condensed versions of the material are presented in small groups, teaching, sermons, and various other methods as needed.
Churches dealing with ministerial failure, congregational conflicts, leadership discord, and crisis have received assistance and direction though consultations and crisis intervention provided by DESPERATELY DEPENDENT COMMUNITY. Families and individuals suffering from the fallout have obtained support and direction to prevent life-long devastating victimization. All are challenged to find Christ relevant to every area of their lives.