Madz obtained her BA Hons Degree in Theology and Counselling in the UK at the Waverly Christian Counselling Centre and London School of Theology in 2002. It was during that time that a passion for teaching others to understand the interface between theology and psychology was birthed.
After working as a full-time youth pastor for three years at St Martins Church in Durban, Madz had a clear vision of wanting to start a counselling ministry that strategically would become a bridge between local communities and church, Grace Family Church Umhlanga gave her that opportunity in 2007. It was here that Grace Counselling was birthed, a ministry that Madz founded and established as one of S.A. most effective lay counselling ministries.
As the director of Grace Counselling Madz focused on the key role of training up lay counselors, assessing counselees who had turned to the local church for counselling aid, and mentoring pastoral counselors from other local churches. Through this process she witnessed a few common core issues.
Many turn to the church for emotional help, seeking Biblical input over and above a professional approach.
Many turn to the local church for help as they literally can’t afford to see a professional.
There is a high expectation that all pastors are equipped, gifted and skilled to counsel.
Pastors are often neither gifted nor skilled in counselling, and over time have become burnt out and or hardened to the emotional needs of their congregation. Counselling related topics are often avoided in the context of church so as not to awaken the demand for counselling.
Church employed counselors can’t keep up with rapidly growing congregations and are often not skilled to train up volunteer lay counselors. They too become burned out.
In 2009 God gave Madz a very clear missional approach of how she could better address the above common core problems by empowering local churches with counselling resources so that they could all offer hope to the needs of the communities that surround them.
Madz lead Grace Counselling for nearly 13 years, where she trained up 1000's of volunteer lay counsellors for a large number of churches in the KZN region. As well as establishing a thriving lay counselling ministry at Grace Family Church with over 150 volunteer lay counsellors seeing an average of 80-90 cases a week at a number of sites around Durban.
In 2019 she felt called to take this missional approach national and therefore started EDIFY. Her heart is to see EVERY LOCAL CHURCH IN SA invested in some level of counselling training resources iso that we can holistically offer hope by meeting the needs of local communities.
I believes, over time that this nation can be transformed.
This is my missional calling – join me!
New Life Church - Bryanston: "Madz, did an outstanding training at our church, through this we have been able to raise up a competent team of lay counselors which has hugely impacted the quality of pastoral care we offer to our members."
Hope Church - George: "Madz is such a gifted teacher & her ministry is a powerful tool to help people find freedom, restoration, healing, renewal and wholeness! She has empowered our leaders with resources that will enable them to have effective conversations with people in their small groups!"
Every Nation - Pretoria: "Madz equipped out team to integrate Theology with Psychology in such a simplistic, yet profound way to reconcile people with their Creator God in the context of their stories."
Hope Counselling - Hilton: "With the training developed by Madz we are able to provide counselling to those on a difficult path, while displaying God's love and grace. Bringing wholeness and reigniting a love for Jesus"
Shofar Christian Church - Pretoria: "We found it very empowering. A practical approach to counseling in a church setting to reach the community and the congregation."
Hope Risen Foundation - Gauteng: "Through this Wholeness Course we recognized that God can and will heal all wounds. The hope is that although we deal with such complex trauma, they will leave whole because God will be the ultimate counselor. A powerful trans-formative tool."
Olive Tree Church - Durban: "Madz is authentic ,available and lives Wholeness. Her heart for people and their journey to Wholeness is evident in the way she delivers her courses and in hr attitude towards people. We am blessed to have learnt from her and to play a small part in the model that this ministry encompasses.
One Way Church - Vanderbijlpark: "Madz is a remarkable person with profound insight on how our faith impacts us spiritually, physically, and psychologically! It’s therefore no wonder that the courses she’s put together and the messages she shares are transformational. The Wholeness Course has challenged us at One Way Church to evaluate how the Gospel intersects our lives holistically; giving us practical tools to see growth and change in our lives, and enabling us to have an impact on the lives of others.”
St Martin's Anglican Church - Durban: "It has been privileged to have Madz and her counselling ministry close by for a number of years. She is a gracious professional who has consistently offered high quality Christian training and support services to my staff and church members. She has successfully raised the standard in the field of Christian Counselling and I would not hesitate to recommend her and her ministry to anyone."
Zoe-Life - Durban: "Over the years we have had many lay counselors volunteering their time to assist people, in and out of the local church community.
One of the major challenges has been consistency in approach and, the ability to manage progress with difficult scenarios. The training that we received from Madz and her team at Grace enabled us to put a base line, or framework, in place that has greatly assisted in establishing some structure, to manage these challenges. Its great training for new or experienced counselors to undergo!"
City Hill Church - Pinetown: "We want to honor Madz and her investment of raising lay counselors, two years ago we have nothing. No idea where to start and what too do, then Madz happened. Today we have a team of 8 lay counselors serving in the life of the church. All we had to do was identify people and send them for training."
Heronbridge Community Church - Gauteng: "Thank you Madz for the exceptional training our counselling team received from you.The hands on experience we gained has been extremely helpful in equipping us as we grow our counselling ministry."
Hilton Christian Fellowship - Hilton: "We have worked with Madz for three years and she has been incredibly supportive and open handed in sharing her experiences and resources in setting up a lay counselling ministry at our church and in our town."
Life House Church - Randburg: "The Wholeness Course and Counselling training run by Madz has made all the difference in my confidence as a Life group Leader and Counselor. The thing I most appreciate about Madz is her down to earth and honest approach when it comes to dealing with people who are hurting. I have learnt to encourage people to sit in their emotion and their pain with the goal of going deeper to uncover the root of that pain as the beginning of their journey to freedom. What an incredible privilege."
Hillsong - Pretoria: "This is truely broadening the scope of equipping and empowering people to counsel but most importantly, the availability to proper counseling for those that can't afford. Thank you Madz, you're a blessed gift to a broken world."
Immanuel Church - Durban: "Madz has an amazing gift for training and equipping counselors and leaders. Your input and passion for training and releasing people and providing ongoing support has been an awesome blessing to Immanuel Church. We are privileged to benefit from your ongoing training and equipping in this field"
View Church - Cape Town: "Our church leaders were absolutely blessed by the wisdom and insight shared with such passion by Madz. We walked away feeling more equipped and blessed."
Junction Church - Fourways Gauteng: "We at Junction Church had the privilege of hosting Madz Deysel who presented the Edify Wholeness Intensive Course. We had a great time learning and listening to ways and ideas to use while counselling someone. It also delved into your own life, to deal with your own issues which was very good. All in all it was a fantastic experience and we would host Madz at any time.