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A Binocular Perspective: Legal and Psychological Issues, and Building Up the Body

legal and psychological perspective on missionsAn attorney and a psychologist — those are going to be different points of view. We hope that those different points of view will give you depth perception, the way two eyes, looking from a slightly different angle, help you see the whole picture.

Brent and I are committed to building up the body of Christ in missions organizations.

The word “telios,” the name of my law firm, means “mature” or “perfect.” In Romans 12:2, we’re told to discern the will of God, “what is good and acceptable and perfect.” The passage goes on to tell us not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think, because we are all members of the body of Christ and individually members of one another. In Ephesians ch. 4, “mature” adulthood is defined by speaking the truth in love, to grow up into Christ, which makes the body grow and build up in love.

Attorneys who specifically practice religious law for churches and ministries are not common. I may be almost unique, in that I grew up on the mission field and attended practically every possible type of school and home school. I was a military wife in Panama and the U.S. before my husband Bruce and I served 7 years in Sumatra, where our youngest was born. Shortly after that, our family benefited greatly from six months at Link Care, where I first met Brent. We learned to better love each other and our children (four boys and a variety of special needs).

After I graduated from law school, I spent several years working for judges on the Colorado Court of Appeals and then several years in the religious institutions practice at a large law firm before starting Telios Law this year.

Brent and I plan to enjoy our discussion of different issues in the body, and we hope you’ll join in, to agree, disagree, or bring up new points.

Disclaimer: not official legal or psychological advice or opinion

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