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The Scottsdale Bible Counseling Ministry provides care to our church family and community in times of need. We are a confidential, no-fee facility.

Mission
The mission of our Counseling Ministry is to glorify God and help others remove barriers that prevent a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We provide Lay Counseling, Stephen Ministry, outside professional referrals, and a variety of support groups. This outreach of God’s love is for any individual who is hurting, both in the congregation and in the community.


Request for Services

We do not consider our Counseling Ministry to be a crisis center, but rather, a short-term biblical counseling ministry. If this is an emergency, please dial 911 or Mercy/Maricopa County Warm Line at 602.347.1100, Behavioral Health Crisis Line at 602.222.9444 or Empact at 480.784.1500.

Our services (for those 18 and older) include:

  • Stephen Ministry
  • Lay Counseling
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Support Groups
  • Referrals to resources in the community

To request services, please submit both forms below, and you will receive a call within 5 business days:

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If you have any questions, please contact the Counseling Ministry at 480.824.7239, Monday through Thursday.


Upcoming Events


Support Groups

The Counseling Ministry provides both education and support through many groups facilitated by lay leaders, most of whom have personal experience with that particular topic.

For more information, please contact Megan Meyers in the Counseling Office at 480.824.7327, Monday through Thursday.

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Lay Counseling

What is Lay Counseling?

Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.  Galatians 6:2

The Scottsdale Bible Lay Counseling Program equips volunteers to provide distinctively Christian counseling at a lay level.  Lay Counselors, using basic counseling skills such as active listening, empathic responding and questioning skills, meet with their assigned counselee on a weekly basis for 10 weeks at the Scottsdale Bible Counseling Office.

Lay Counselors are committed to:

  • Bible-based compassionate care
  • A goal-focused approach
  • Confidentiality
  • A maximum of 10 meetings with a counselee
  • Supervision by a Professional Counselor or Social Worker
  • Continued education opportunities and skill-building

Lay Counselor training provides:

  • 60 hours of initial training over six months
  • Interaction with peers to practice the new skills
  • Extensive training in ethics and confidentiality

To become a Lay Counselor, the commitment requires:

  • Weekly class attendance, generally on Sunday afternoons
  • $160, which includes books and training materials
  • A screening process that includes an application, interview, and background check

Who should apply?

You may apply if you:

  • Have had friends tell you that you are a good listener or encourager
  • Have spiritual gifts that are helpful in Lay Counseling, such as mercy or encouragement
  • Have had at least two years experience at providing 1:1 aid within a helping profession or ministry.

Qualifications for Lay Counselor Trainees:

  • Believe in Christ, and accept the Scottsdale Bible Church Statement of Faith
  • Live a life characterized by the attitude of Christ (Philippians 2:1-7), the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-26), and righteous behavior (Psalm 15)
  • Maintain Biblical sexual purity and be above reproach in morality

To apply for the next training class (Fall 2022), please contact the Counseling Ministry at 480.824.7239.


Stephen Ministry

Do you need someone to pray with?  Are you going through a crisis and need encouragement?

Stephen Ministers are a team of lay people who will come alongside you during a life crisis. They provide one-on-one, Christ-centered care to people in need. They will walk with you through grief, divorce, a spiritual crisis or other life difficulties.

Stephen Ministers have been trained to support and encourage anyone who needs comfort and care – for as long as needed. You can be assured that your identity, the caring relationship and the conversations you have with your Stephen Minister will remain confidential.

Watch a video about Stephen Ministry at SBC 


Global Counseling

Trauma is now considered an international epidemic. As we look at the many crises in our world, we see how trauma influences our lives and can break our hearts.  People are increasingly being traumatized by violence, natural disasters, diseases, ethnic conflict, domestic violence, sexual abuse, displacement, moral injury, and human trafficking. These experiences occur in our own country and even in our own neighborhoods. Christ calls the Church to bring hope, healing, and restoration to these survivors of trauma.

SBC’s Global Counseling ministry is responding to that call by taking lay counseling to the brokenhearted and the vulnerable people throughout God’s kingdom.

Who we are: Lay Counselors, Stephen Ministers, Licensed Clinicians and Support Group Facilitators who are passionate champions of the Lord with a heart to walk alongside those who are suffering from trauma, abuse, neglect and “compassion fatigue.”

Where we serve: Locally, Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America

Training & Support: We periodically offer the Healing the Wounds of Trauma program from the Trauma Institute of the American Bible Society as well as compassion fatigue and soul care programs. We would love to walk through the journey of healing heart wounds with you and, in turn, help you learn how to help others.

To learn more about upcoming classes and resources, contact: Lynne Misztal, MSW, LCSW, at 602.527.9995 or Counseling at 480.824.7239


Counseling Staff

These professionals are employed staff of Scottsdale Bible Church and are here to serve you through our counseling ministry.


David Walther, Pastor of Counseling
David is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and Christian Studies and an M.Div. with an emphasis in Biblical communication. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in AZ, a Nationally Certified Counselor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor and a Board Certified Telemental Health Provider. David has been on staff at SBC since 2000. He provides marriage and individual counseling. David loves the adventure of following Christ with his wife, Sharon and their children, Simeon and Naomi.

 

 

Denae Yankowich, Counseling Coordinator
Denae is originally from Calgary, Alberta, and loves the Arizona sun. She has a B.A. from Cal State University, Fullerton, and an M.A. from Azusa Pacific University. She joined Scottsdale Bible Church in 2005 and joined the Counseling Ministry in 2014 as a Stephen Minister and then a Lay Counselor. She loves to hike, read historical fiction, and travel with her husband, Paul.

 

 

Megan Meyers, Counseling Coordinator
Megan began attending SBC in 2016 after moving to Arizona. She has a B.A. from College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Counseling. She joined the counseling ministry as a Lay Counselor in 2020. She loves travelling, musicals, and giraffes.

 


Domestic Violence Helpline

The words “Domestic Violence” are often difficult words to hear or even to say, however domestic violence exists in our world and often in our own backyard.

People are entitled to love, respect and dignity, and no one deserves to be mistreated or abused. As a church, we are addressing the reality of abuse and violence, and provide a safe place for people to reach out.

We offer a special confidential hotline for victims and survivors of domestic violence as well as friends, family, neighbors, and other concerned individuals who are calling on behalf of a victim or are looking for ways to assist.

If you or someone you know is in a crisis or needs assistance, please call the SBC Advocacy 24/7 Helpline at 480.824.7290.


Emergency Contacts

For immediate emergencies dial 911.

Child and Elderly Abuse

Suicide and Personal Crises

Police

Domestic Violence

Recovery Hot Lines

Other Recovery Contacts

Other Resources

  • Focus on the Family: 800.A.FAMILY (800.232.6459); Counseling Department Direct Line, 719.531.3400
  • Community Information and Referral: 211 or 800.352.3792 (a United Way Agency)
  • National Runaway Hotline (if you have run away or are considering running away): 800.RUNAWAY
  • Covenant House Teen Hotline: 800.999.9999
  • Elder Resource and Referral Line: 800.686.1431