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.

AA Meetings

This is an Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book step study meeting open to alcoholics or those who have a desire to stop drinking.

Sundays | 5:45-7pm | North Ridge, A2
Open coed meeting.

Mondays | 6-7pm | North Ridge YTH 7|8 Room
Open coed meeting.

Wednesdays | 6:30-7:30pm | Shea D103
Closed coed meeting.

Thursdays | 7-8am | North Ridge A3
Open coed meeting.

Thursdays | 7:30-8:30pm | North Ridge A3 (co-ed, young adults)
Coed AA for folks still in the work force.

Adult Children Of Alcoholics (ACA)

Mondays | 6-7pm | Shea A3

Journey to Freedom – for Men and Women

This ACA Red Book study meeting is open to those who desire to recover from growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. For more information, call Marianne at 480.433.1420


Tuesdays, August 16–November 15 | 6-8pm | Online
Wednesdays, August 17–November 16 | 6-8pm | 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 There is a $20 workbook fee, payable by cash or check, at the door (scholarships are available) or on-line by credit card when you register. If you have any other questions, please call the counseling office at 480.824.7239.

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DivorceCare testimonials

For more information, please contact the Counseling Ministry Monday through Thursday at 480.824.7239 or

Families Dealing With Dementia

1st & 3rd Mondays | 10-11:30am | Shea D103

This year-round support group is for anyone touched by the epidemic of dementia. It is a safe, confidential place to share, exchange ideas, and pray for one another. Through education, guest speakers, videos and books, our goal is to provide strategies to foster relationships and ease the journey of dementia.

For more information, please contact Pam Engle at 480.221.7972.



Wednesdays, August 17–November 16 | 6:30-8pm | North Ridge A1
Thursdays, August 18–November 17 | 6-8pm | Shea A9

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

Discussion topics include:

Please contact the Counseling Ministry Monday through Thursday at 480.824.7327 for questions or more information.

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Healing After Abortion

Spring meetings | Mondays, April 18–June 6 | 6:30–8:30pm | Offsite
Fall meetings | Monday, September 12–November 17 | 6:30–8:30pm | Offsite

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. Surrendering the Secret is a 8-week confidential Bible study using the book, Surrendering the Secret.

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Images Of His Beauty

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.

For more information, please contact Janae DeGroot at 480.239.0516.

Men’s Purity in Christ Group

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.

For more information or confidential information, please contact the Counseling Ministry Monday through Thursday at 480.824.7239 or

Narcotics Anonymous

Men’s Group
Mondays | 7-8:15pm | North Ridge A3
Contact: Joe, 602.696.5526

Open-Coed Meeting
Thursdays | 7-8:15pm | North Ridge A1
Contact: Mike, 623.210.2367
This is an open discussion group

Parents Of Addicted Loved Ones (PALS)

Thursdays | 6-7:30pm | Shea A4

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.

For more information, please contact Judi Staggers at 480.313.6434 or the Counseling Ministry Monday through Thursday at 480.824.7239 or

Recovery Bible Studies

Tuesdays | 7-8:30pm | Shea A4
Thursdays | 7-8:30pm | Cactus Family Life Building
Men’s Recovery Bible Study

Please contact Rich Bilby at 602.695.3130 before attending this class and for more information.

Wednesdays | 12-1pm | Shea A4
Women’s Recovery Bible Study – Jesus Is Our Higher Power

Please contact Kim Cooper at 602.228.7886 for more information.

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.

Relationships and Boundaries Workshop

This interactive workshop will explore various boundary principles 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 in love.

Tuesdays, starting in September | 6-7:30pm | North Ridge A3 (women only)
Tuesdays, starting in September | 6:30-8:30pm | Shea D103 (women only)

Registration will open in August. For more information, please contact Megan Meyers at (480) 824-7327.

Taking off Pounds Sensibly (T.O.P.S.)

Mondays | 6:30-8pm | North Ridge A1

This is a great support group for women. If you are looking for support to take off those unwanted pounds but aren’t sure where to start, T.O.P.S. is here to help. It helps to know you are not alone in your struggle. T.O.P.S. has contests, program information, guest speakers, friendly competitions and monthly awards.

If you have further questions you can contact JoAnn Newcomer 805.766.3443.