When a church becomes ready and willing to address people’s complex lives, what does the church do to create an environment of safety while maintaining a biblical worldview? When a church trains people to help others (one-to-one) regarding areas of sexuality, worry, marriage issues, etc. the church becomes more of a healing community and a light to the world.
The New Testament repeatedly encourages believers to love, be compassionate, and be faithful. In today’s churches, there are numerous people who want to do the right thing, but they don’t know “how.” A lay counseling ministry provides a context where someone can talk with someone else about “how to apply the Scriptures.”
How to Start a Lay Counseling Ministry at Your Church
On March 5-6, 2015, Grace Baptist Church in Santa Clarita, California will host a two-day conference on How to Start a Lay Counseling Ministry at Your Church. This conference provides structure and the process for starting a lay counseling ministry.
In looking at providing a lay counseling ministry, this conference will address some of the following:
- Legal issues
- Views of counseling
- Supervising the volunteers
- Working with the professional community
- Working with other ministries
- And much more
For more information about the conference you can contact Grace Baptist Church at (661) 296-8737 ext. 150 or go to www.gracebaptist.org/spiritualcareconference.