What is CNLT?
Christian Neuro Linguistic Transformation (CNLT) stems from Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). NLP primarily stands for and focuses on communication, structure, patterns and the structure of both experience and excellence. This emphasis on modeling in replicating excellence has a solid basis in the Christian field because in it most basic definition, Christianity is all about modeling Jesus. After all, to be a Christian is to “follow in His footsteps“.
All believers, and especially Christian counsellors and coaches, experience a great thrill when they help to bring positive change in people. The Bible as well as NLP offers not only a state of the art theoretical foundation for such, but also techniques for bringing about personal change. We now want to introduce these wonderful skills into a christian ministry context, but with a responsible approach.
We change the traditional title of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to that of Christian Neuro Linguistic Transformation (CNLT). The reason for this lies in the explanation of the different sub-systems:
- Christian: As a Christian, we desire to function from Truth. Therefore, the tools we use in Christian ministry must conform to the authority of Scripture. The principles that we use, must in no way contradict the Scripture, but rather compliment it.
- Neuro: Neuro is a Greek word for neuron, nerves, and the nervous system. As a prefix, it refers to our voluntary and automatic nervous system through which we process our experiences. We use the same word, because God has created us with many neuron-receptors for picking up “information” in the world.
- Linguistic: Linguistic comes from the Latin word lingua and refers to language. We use language to do the most unique of all human functions. We think at higher logical levels than just direct representation, we think symbolically, self-reflexively about our thinking. Language and communication goes hand in hand and Jesus was the Master Communicator and God incarnate. And, it is to Him that we should go in our quest to learn how to relate to those we love. As the Great Communicator and Physician, He is to be our model as we bring healing to hurting people.
- Transformation: Transformation refers to the process of utilizing and altering the ways that we use our neurology, physiology and language. The basis for this, is Scripture, ” … be transformed by the renewal of your mind“. Scripture calls us to think (ponder, mediate, reckon) on “the things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, gracious, excellent, praise-worthy”, etc. (Philippians 4:8-9) As we renew our minds, so we are transformed. As we learn the reality that is in Christ, we put off the old nature and put on the new nature. (Ephesians 4:22-23).