Clay McLean and more recently his wife Mary McLean have been hugely instrumental in providing me counseling and teaching as far back as 1975. In fact I call Clay a mentor and a spiritual director for my wife and I. 25 years ago I suffered from deep clinical depression, was addicted to prescription medications, about to lose my career and go bankrupt. His gentle and clear help, completely scriptural and Spirit lead enabled me to receive the healing I needed and put my life back together. The help I received from Physicians and Mental Health Practitioners was all valuable but Clays help was by far the best help I received.
Possibly his greatest contribution to me was displaying Godly, Holy, Biblical love in his word and deed that inspired me to see, believe and know that I could someday do the same in reaching out to the wounded and broken within the dysfunctional Western Church as we know it today.
If anyone thinks Clay is harsh at all in his counseling, they should remember that our Lord Jesus often spoke hard words to hurting people in order to awaken and challenge them to grasp the truth that could set them free.
This ministry saved my life. If I never met them I would be dead by now. I've sat with many many families ,men &women that well with tears as they tell of how this ministry saved their marriage, their family, or their life . The fruit is deep and lasting. I can't wait to go back. At www.mcleanministries.org you can the get cd's. They have made me very strong because I can listen in my spare time. I hope this helps someone out there. You just don't hear this teaching! They are really doing the stuff!!! That CHANGES lives!!!
I have know Clay since 1990 when I attended a conference in Birmingham, Alabama. Attending the conference saved my life! Approx one week after I went I met with my local counselor who had invited me to attend Clay's conference and during prayer with him had a healing of a memory that set me free from depression something I had suffered from for 20 years. Since that time I have attended a number of he and Mary's conferences and have never been disappointed with their content. I consider Clay to be a friend and though he is busy with so many things always takes the time to reply to my emails or return my calls (try not to call to often). God bless he and Mary and may their work here on earth con't to be fruitful.
Dear Don, I was simply astonished by your review of Clay McLean and have great difficulty reconciling it with the Clay I have known off and on since 1989. I met Clay in England over twenty years ago at a ministry conference and had a great conversation with him into the wee hours of the morning as he was jet lagged. I was encouraged by his ministry over several days both in music and prayer at that time.
I moved to America and discovered Clay lived less than a couple of hours away from where I currently reside and six years ago reconnected with his Ministry. He and his wife Mary are one of the most precious, real and genuine couples I have ever met and they have been used by God to heal me and restore my marriage which I had all but destroyed.
I can only testify to my experience, my wife's and to those of whom I now consider dear friends, those who repeatedly attend Mary and Clay's annual conference and various retreats, all travelling 1,000's of miles to do so.
I do fully understand the sort of spiritual abuse that can drive one to take desperate measures, having experienced this at first hand, but let me ask you this; just after a single session you were almost driven to suicide? In just one session you felt a level of danger so great you potentially feared for your life (based on an old anecdote from a dear friend and mentor of Clay's)? Did you report your fears and concerns to local constabulary at that time (and if not, why not?)? What exactly did Clay project on to your psyche that was so unbelievable and so damaging that has caused you to vent so vehemently, in this obscure part of the internet, some fourteen odd years later?
It takes two to tango and your lack of objectivity towards Clay, the vagary in your testimony and ultimately fear and anger at that time may have clouded your personal recollection of the event. Although I don't speak for Clay I have heard him speak honestly and ruthlessly regarding his personal faults and failures and he does not paint a pretty picture of himself. This is neither showmanship nor affected piety but allows me (and others) to see the Grace and Mercy of an Almighty God at work in a broken man and desire that for myself.
Don. Clay has reached out to you desiring reconciliation and atonement. When he says his "heart is broken at the thought" (he) "caused you such sorrow" please believe me, his heart is truly broken. Knowing Clay, I know he hurts because you hurt and wants only the very best for you and your life. Please accept his humble apology, reach back out to him and allow him to make amends. It is the only right thing to do.
With kind regards,
Eamonn in SC
life saving ministry. the august conference will change you forever.
I highly recommend Clay McLean Ministries. Clay McLean is one of the best Bible teachers I've ever heard. He is also very compassionate and very caring, but he will not coddle you if you are wallowing in self pity or blaming others for your problems. He will give you tough love when needed for your own good.
I too was in desperate need of help when I went to Clay McLean's Ministry over three years ago. I received hope, love, and understanding like I've never experienced before. Clay and is wife Mary exemplify the love of Christ by vulnerably sharing their hearts with others. I am proud to be a supporter of this ministry and am deeply thankful for having received the love of God through them.
I had a very damaging experience with McLean Ministries a long time ago. I was in an extremely desperate place, and was seeking hope. Not only did Mr. McLean not help me, he was unbelievably verbally abusive and condemning. The Bible says that ministers are to be gentle, but Mr. McLean was anything but that. He projected so many things onto me that I still have a hard time believing it. (And I suspect that he honestly had no idea how abusive he was.) His verbal abuse almost drove me to suicide. One time in an interview, Leanne Payne stated that if Mr. McLean hadn't gotten healing, he would've killed somebody. Well, from what I experienced with McLean, I certainly believe it. Mr. McLean is the most abusive minister I have ever dealt with. Please stay far, far away from him and his ministry.