The Barnabas Initiative

Acts 4:32-37 (ESV)

Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.


Pastoral Counseling Services

Leadership and church service is one of the greatest callings one can have in their life; however, it also is not without its hardships. From nursery workers to pastors, church volunteers and staff suffer from the politics and pressures of ministry, and far too often promising and valued servants of the Lord abandon ministry due to these pressures. We understand your pain and hardship all too well. The Barnabas Initiative, named after the Son of Encouragement, is a counseling service for individuals or couples serving in ministry, and it’s completely free. Pastors and leaders often isolate themselves when facing the difficult trials of ministry because their problems are unique to their calling and, therefore, require experts with an understanding of those same hardships. The Barnabas Initiative has been a concept for years, and it’s needed now more than ever. Don’t wait to receive counseling. The kingdom needs you!


Faith-Based Notice: The counseling you will receive is exclusively religious in nature and not subject to licensure or regulation by the State. We offer only non-medical treatment and recovery methods such as prayer, moral guidance, spiritual counseling and scriptural help.


What Does The Barnabas Initiative Look Like?

We’re In Your Corner

Ministry has become one of the draining fields, and it’s harder and harder to find people who understand what you’re going through. We aren’t just counselors and guides throughout your ministry. We are encouragers in your corner. We are here to build you up in your service.

Completely Free Counseling

Anyone in ministry will tell you that finances aren’t always easy to come by. We want to extend our ministry to yours by offering our services completely free of charge. Our expert Christian counseling services won’t cost you a dime.

Ministry Specific Counseling

Ministry lives have ministry hurts, and healing the wounds you sustain on the Kingdom’s frontlines takes a special approach. We assign you a counselor with years of ministry experience and training in the various aspects of church-related strains.

Your Privacy-Our Priority

As with all of our online counseling services, your privacy is our priority. We comply with HIPAA laws and incorporate online encryption services with our video session tool, Zoom, in order to ensure your story and sessions are safe and secure.

Certified Counselors

Each professional counselor on our team is certified in-house through Dr. Lance’s very own method, The Messiah Method Counseling System. The system, curated over 18 years of Dr. Lance’s journey was largely spurred on by the church-hurt he experienced and has now been implemented throughout our ministry.

Christian Foundation

This counseling method is centrally focused on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We approach every aspect of the system with the love and truth of Christ, and, through the work of the Holy Spirit within you, we seek to have the Lord restore you to the full restoration He has destined for you.

Why Choose Coventry House

Dr. Marlin Lance

“Don’t wait to receive counseling, encouragement, and guidance in your ministry. The kingdom needs you.”

~ Dr. Marlin Lance | Founder & President

Mentoring Services

As a learner, you can be mentored by our trainers that have cumulative experiences of over 75 years in helping others from different careers.

Excellence & Integrity

We are setting a new standard in excellence and integrity by providing courses that meet or exceed the recommended content.

Based on Scripture

Our courses are based on the scriptures. We believe that change comes to a person through the work of the Holy Spirit. The counselor is simply an instrument in God’s hand.

Holistic Approach to Counseling

A biblically-based holistic approach to counseling respects all dimensions of personhood created by God in the full context of a narrative of creation, fall, redemption, sanctification and final restoration.

Lasting Solutions

Our focus is on providing lasting solutions and not empty promises. Our students are taught how to lovingly apply biblical truth to the false beliefs and values that keep people in bondage.

Experienced Faculty

Our staff of experienced counselors have a combined total of over 85 years experience in authentic Christian counseling. Let our journey inspire you to further your life and professional career.

Receive healing through the Messiah Method Counseling System

Schedule your free sessions and strengthen your ministry with a counselor that’s in your corner and on your side!