Care Ministry offers supportive care to those in need, resting firmly on Galatians 6:2. There are three different programs and all provide the opportunity for spiritual growth and a deeper walk with God. If you are interested in participating in any of these, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church at (210)460-7556 and leave a message for the Care Ministry.
Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ
Help for the Hurting
If you are struggling with life or a particular issue and want to work through it along side a Scripturally-grounded, caring Christian, Help for the Hurting is for you. You will be paired with a spiritually mature, compassionate Christian typically for up to 5 sessions, either virtually or in person, to resolve the issue consistent with Scripture and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Up to 10 sessions
Those in need of a longer-term, more in-depth experience may participate in biblical counseling where they will meet with a certified Biblical counselor for up to 10 sessions. Our counselors build relationship, observe, ask questions, speak truth in love and encourage going deeper in relationship with God and knowledge of Scripture, knowing that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
Care and Recovery Groups
Typically 13 Weeks
Much personal and spiritual growth may be accomplished through participation in structured Care and Recovery groups such as GriefShare, Celebrate Recovery, Boundaries, and Changes that Heal. Groups are offered for a specific timeframe, typically meeting once a week for up to two hours, and include a video seminar, small group discussion, and individual study using a workbook. There is a nominal charge for materials.
If you have a question or you're interested in talking with someone, please contact us.
What is biblical counseling and how is it different from traditional counseling?
Biblical counseling centers on Christ, relying on God’s Word and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit to bring about change in one’s life. It brings to bear the truth, mercy and power of Christ’s gospel of grace. Traditional counseling may, but does not necessarily, rely on the truth of Scripture or include the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. Traditional counseling focuses on mental health and wellness; biblical counseling focuses on sanctification.
What are the ground rules for your Help for the Hurting and Biblical Counseling programs?
All counsel/guidance is biblically based, resting on the sufficiency of God’s Word and the work of the Holy Spirit. Care givers and counselors are unpaid volunteers. Both programs are provided free of charge to members and consistent attendees of VBVF. There is no cross-gender counseling. Both a male and female counselor will work with couples. Confidentiality and the limits of confidentiality will be respected.
How are biblical counselors certified? What is involved in the training?
All counselors must complete the biblical counseling certification offered on-line through the Biblical Counseling Center. While counseling, they also participate in weekly supervision and recurring training. If you are interested in becoming a biblical counselor, contact Biff Williams, the Care Ministry Director at email@example.com.
What are the ground rules for Care and Recovery Groups?
Care and Recovery groups are generally open to the public and are mixed gender. There is a fee for the group workbook, normally no more than $20. Group leaders receive special training prior to leading a group. Small group discussions should be treated as confidential. Some groups may close participation after the first few weeks, while others may remain open the entire time. GriefShare, for example, lasts 13 weeks and remains open to new attendees throughout because each week is “self-contained” lesson.
Biff is head of Care Ministry at Verse By Verse Fellowship. After serving in the Air Force for over 27 years, she retired in 2006 and began volunteer service. She cherishes being a wife, mother, and grandmother. She is passionate about Jesus Christ and sharing Him with others. After spending over 12 years doing lay counseling elsewhere, she came to VBVF and, with the help of others, established the biblical counseling program here and Care Ministry.