The Counseling Ministry provides help and comfort through numerous support groups which are facilitated by lay leaders, most of whom have had personal experience with that particular group issue.
Support groups for women include those who are working on difficult issues in their relationships, those who are struggling with body image or eating disorder tendencies, and those who have been in abusive relationships.
There is a group for parents or spouses who have a loved one suffering from problems with drugs, alcohol or gambling. Other groups support men and women who have experienced the death of a loved one or have experienced separation or divorce.
Men who are struggling with pornography and other sexual issues meet weekly.
For men and women suffering from substance abuse problems, there is a Life Recovery Bible study group.
To begin the process for counseling or to join a support group contact Terry Sparks at 480.824.7239.
Wednesdays | 6:30-7:30pm | Shea D103
This is an Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book step study meeting open to alcoholics or those who have a desire to stop drinking. For more information, contact Ali at 480.272.2028.
Fridays | 12-1pm | Shea A2
This ACA Red Book study meeting is open to women who desire to recover from growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. The focus of this anonymous group is gaining the “courage to change the one I can.” For more information, contact Ali at 480.272.2028.
Wednesdays, September 5–December 19 | 6:30-8pm | Shea A9
DivorceCare is a 13-week support group and seminar. DivorceCare is facilitated by people who have experienced and understand the pain of separation or divorce. You will become part of a small support group where you will be able to talk about the information presented during the DVD seminar. You will learn how to deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding your life. Topics covered include: anger, depression, loneliness, kids, financial survival, and forgiveness. DivorceCare is non-denominational and features biblical teaching for recovery.
For more information on the DivorceCare program, visit divorcecare.org. There is a $15 workbook fee, payable by cash or check, at the door (scholarships are available). No pre-registration required. If you have any other questions, please call the counseling office at 480.824.7239.
Tuesdays, fall session begins September 4 | 3:30-5:30pm | Shea A2
This study group was created for women survivors of all cancers who are seeking a closer relationship with God. We have been entrusted by God to be a source of hope and encouragement for our sister survivors (regardless of whether they are still in treatment or are decades out). Our group’s vision is to gain a better understanding of why we have been given this battle and how to use our challenges as blessings for others.
Tuesdays, September 4–December 11 | 7-8:30pm | Shea A5
This is a weekly support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. The GriefShare experience includes three key elements that work together to guide your healing process: video, small group discussion and the workbook. For more information on this program, visit griefshare.org. If you have any other questions, please call the counseling office at 480.824.7239.
Discussion topics include:
This is a 10-week support group for women 18 and over who have struggled with self-defeating thoughts about their body image or eating disorder tendencies. Today’s women must deal with a culture that says we must have perfect bodies. Join the group to examine what the Bible says about your true identity in Christ.
Young women today are faced with a barrage of worldly standards and ideas that set them up for failure and discouragement. The image of a woman is distorted by false ideas. For example, women compare themselves to other women and believe they fall short, especially when it comes to body image. As a result, a young woman may embark on a journey into a fantasy world of “perfect bodies” and end up making unhealthy choices that can lead to self destruction. An eating disorder is often the result.
Unfortunately women usually suffer alone, believing the lies of worldly standards. IOHB wants to help break the silence and isolation. This group is led by adult lay Christian women, who offer support and encouragement with devotionals, group discussions, and prayer support. The group provides a safe and confidential environment where women are heard, cared for, and the love of Christ is manifested.
As a church body, please pray for these young women who join us each week. We have much to gain from each other. Pray that it will be a time of laughter, support, and that ultimately each young woman comes away with a renewed joy for life—by grasping the truth of the Image of His Beauty.
Contact the Counseling Office at 480.824.7239 for more information.
Jesus set the bar high with His call to sexual purity: “You have heard it said ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’: but I say to you, that everyone who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27–28)
Then Jesus let His hearers know the remedy for this situation: “And if your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” (Matthew 5:29)
Jesus is likely using a literary device known as hyperbole in this verse. However, the point should be very clear: lust should be dealt with drastically and speedily. Before you rip your eye out however, try using other biblical provisions for healing. Talk to other believers struggling with this issue for the purposes of accountability and healing. You may do so in a confidential manner in groups offered through the counseling ministry. Call the Counseling offices at 480.824.7239 for confidential information.
We are accepting applications for the class starting in fall 2018.
Mending the Soul small groups are specifically for women who were abused as children or have left an abusive adult relationship. These groups provide support and a biblically-guided theology of healing in a safe and confidential group environment.
Mending the Soul is a ministry started by Dr. Steve and Celestia Tracy. Created to serve the church and community, Mending the Soul is an educational and equipping ministry which exemplifies:
Confronting past abuse is never easy; therefore we want to ensure that Mending the Soul groups will be helpful for those interested in participating. Call the Counseling Ministry at 480.824.7239 to be placed on the list for classes. For an overview of the Mending the Soul ministry, visit the website mendingthesoul.org. For any other questions, please call the Counseling Ministry.
Download the intake form, used by permission, for potential group participants.
Mondays | 7-8:15pm
A specialized, educational and support group for women who are spouses or partners of persons who struggle with sexually compulsive behaviors. Education will include information about defining sexual addiction and compulsivity, dealing with betrayal, broken trust, grief, reintegrating healthy sexuality, regaining trust and healing.
The group is open to members of the church and the community.
Registration is required. Please call the Counseling offices at 480.824.7239 for further information or to join this group.
Last Monday of the month | 6:30-8pm | Shea E28
At this support group, parents of children with ADHD and adults with ADHD can gain tools and support to help alleviate their frustrations and feelings of being overwhelmed. Meetings include guest speakers, valuable information and opportunities to share with others.
The group leaders are with CHADD, Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with ADHD and their families.
We hope you will join us to learn helpful tools from experts while sharing with and learning from other parents and fellow adults with ADHD.
Meetings are for adults only.
To learn more about CHADD, visit their Facebook page. You may also contact Allison Burns at 480.309.6609 or Melissa Randazzo at 602.791.3731.
Sundays | 3:30-5:30pm | Shea A6
This is an on-going support group. This group is for parents or spouses who have a child or loved one suffering from problems with drugs, alcohol or gambling.
This group gives support to, and receives support from, others facing the same challenges regarding their loved ones. No registration is necessary; come for confidential education and support. Please contact the counseling office at 480.824.7239 for more information.
Surrendering the Secret
God has given us the free gift of forgiveness and freedom and does not want us to feel guilty about our past. Many women carry around the shame, guilt and pain of a past abortion and do not realize their abortion(s) may be the source of their current relationship and life challenges. If you have had this experience, you can learn to accept God’s free gift of forgiveness and experience true freedom through Christ. PACE – Surrendering the Secret is a 10-week confidential Bible study using the book, Surrendering the Secret.
Groups form year round. For more information, please call or text our confidential PACE line at 707.877.6371 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men’s Recovery Bible Study
Women’s Recovery Bible Study – Jesus Is My Higher Power
Wednesdays, 12-1pm, Shea A4
Our Recovery Bible Studies are for men and women who desire to be set free from the bondage of alcohol or drugs. The Life Recovery Bible is our source of study. A piece of scripture related to the 12-Step program is discussed each week with an emphasis on how it might be applied to our lives. Both groups are ongoing and new members can start at any time. The anonymity and privacy of all participants is respected. For location and more information, please contact the Counseling Office at email@example.com or 480.824.7239.
Tuesdays | 6:30-8:30pm | Shea A3
Starting September 11, the group will be studying the book Changes that Heal by Dr. Henry Cloud.
This interactive workshop for women will explore the ten “laws of boundaries” and show you how to bring new health to your relationships.
You will not only learn “when to say yes and how to say no,” but you’ll discover firsthand how sound boundaries give you the freedom to walk as the loving, giving, fulfilled woman God created you to be.
Please contact the Counseling office for more information, 480.824.7239 or firstname.lastname@example.org