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.

Beloved Women’s Support Group

Thursdays | 6:30-8:30pm | Shea 7|8

Does your husband struggle with pornography or some form of sexual addiction? Beloved is a Christ-centered support group that is a safe and confidential place for women to come together and support each other. Allow us to walk alongside you as we encourage one another and experience God’s healing touch!

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Wednesdays, February 8–May 3 | 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 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.

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For more information, please contact Megan Meyers in the Counseling Ministry at 480.824.7327 or

Families Dealing With Dementia

2nd & 4th Mondays | 10-11:30am | Shea A9

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.


Foster, Kinship & Adoptive Parents Support Group

First & Third Thursdays, October 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15 | 6:30-8pm | Shea A2  

Leaders: Lynne Misztal and Gail Schuknecht

This new support group is a safe place to discuss the joys and challenges of raising foster or adopted children. We will share resources for caregivers and create a confidential, non-judgmental environment where you can laugh, cry, lean on, and learn from others who are walking in your shoes. The group is guided by SBC facilitators who are trained and want to walk alongside you.


Gail’s Bio:

Gail Schuknecht received her BA from Arizona State University in Secondary Education and her MA in Educational Counseling from Northern Arizona University.  Her 30-year career included teaching psychology courses for Maricopa Community Colleges and Vocational courses, World History and Psychology in Arizona public schools with the Paradise Valley Unified School District. She is currently retired, enjoying time with her husband of 47 years, Kory.  They have 4 adult children and 11 incredible grandchildren. They have been involved in many ministries at their church of 45 years. Kory is a pastor and Gail is involved in ministry to moms, and as a lay counselor.  Gail is a trained facilitator with the “Mending the Soul” organization and “Healing the Wounds of Trauma’. These organizations provide trauma healing, training, and materials to national and international communities.  Along with facilitating groups in Arizona, Gail has had the privilege of sharing God’s love and care with people of India, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Lynne’s Bio:

Lynne Misztal, MSW, LCSW is currently serving as the Global Counseling Coordinator here at Scottsdale Bible Church.  God has clearly opened a path for Lynne to use her passion for ministering the “vulnerable and broken hearted” in God’s kingdom.  As a Master Facilitator for the Trauma Healing Inst. and an International Instructor for the William Glasser Institute, she has had the privilege of entering into the lives of many people groups here and abroad, including Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.  Collaborating with World Vision, Compassion International, The African Orphan Project and Project Concern, has provided her opportunities to recognize unique but similar needs each child of God craves to have fulfilled.   As a transplant from Hawaii, she thrives on the beauty of God’s creation, and sharing it with her grandchildren, daughter, and special friends.


Tuesdays, January 24 – April 25 | 6:30-8pm | Cactus 5-8 Room
Wednesdays, February 1 – April 26 | 6-8pm | North Ridge A1

Thursdays, January 12 – April 6 | 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:

For more information, please contact Megan Meyers in the Counseling Ministry at 480.824.7327 or

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Healing After Abortion

Mondays, April 17–June 5 | 6:30–8:30pm

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, please contact Megan Meyers in the Counseling Ministry at 480.824.7327 or

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 Megan Meyers in the Counseling Ministry at 480.824.7327 or


Recovery Bible Study

Thursdays | 7-8:30pm | Cactus Family Life Building
Wednesdays | 7-8:30pm | Fountain Hills DK
Tuesdays | 7-8:30pm | Shea A4

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, January 10–April 25 | 6:30-8:30pm | Shea A7 (women only)
Wednesdays, January 11–April 26 | 12-1:30pm | Shea A7 (women only)

Women at Shea will be studying Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend.

The Relationships and Boundaries Workshop – Shea is full. For more information or questions, please contact Diane Lauterbach at 480.703.2885.


Tuesdays, January 10–March 28 | 6-7:30pm | North Ridge YTH 7|8 (women only)

Women at North Ridge will be studying Beyond Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend.
For more information, please contact Julie McGandy at 480.540.5033.

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Revive40 Men’s Support Group

Thursdays | 6:30-8:30pm | Shea YTH 5|6

Are you struggling with an unwanted sexual addiction? Have you tried to find freedom from the shackles of compulsive sexual struggles on your own with little to no success? Do you feel distant from God or are you struggling to know what it truly looks like to be His child? Revive 40 is a confidential men’s purity ministry that has helped thousands of men over the past 20 years find freedom from sexual addiction and a deeper relationship with Christ.

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

Mondays | 6:30-8pm | North Ridge A2

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 Deborah Bello 602-312-4747.