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 are Life Recovery Bible study groups, and 12-step groups at all campuses.
For more information about all counseling services and support groups, please contact the Counseling Ministry Monday through Thursday at 480.824.7239.
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 Courtyard
Open coed meeting.
Mondays | 6-7pm | North Ridge YTH 7|8 Room
Closed 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.
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, September 7—December 14 | 6:30-8pm | Online
Wednesdays, September 8–December 15 | 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 $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.
For more information, please contact the Counseling Ministry Monday through Thursday at 480.824.7239 or email@example.com.
1st & 3rd Mondays, beginning March 1 | 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 18—November 17 | 6:30-8pm | North Ridge A1
Please contact Janet Limmer at 602.430.5830 for questions or more information.
Thursdays, August 19—November 18 | 6:30-8pm | Shea A9
Please contact Elly Keniston at 602.300.6634 for questions or more information.
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.
Discussion topics include:
Mondays, August 16–October 11 | 7-9pm | Shea A5
Groups for 2021 are on August 16 and October 25.
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.
For more information:
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.
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.
We are accepting applications for a new class starting in January 2022.
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.
Download the intake form, used by permission, for potential group participants.
Mondays | 7-8:15pm | North Ridge A3
Contact: Joe, 602.696.5526
Thursdays | 7-8:15pm | North Ridge A1
Contact: Mike, 623.210.2367
This is an open discussion group
Thursdays | 7-8pm | North Ridge A2 (co-ed)
NAR-ANON is a 12-step support group for friends and family who are concerned about the addiction or drug problem of another. Nar-Anon’s recovery program is adapted from Narcotics Anonymous and its Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts. For additional information or other meeting locations see nar-anon.org.
Sundays | 3-5pm | Shea A7 or Online
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.
Tuesdays | 7-8:30pm | Shea
Thursdays | 7-8:30pm | Cactus Worship Center Lobby
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.
Tuesdays, September 14—December 7 | 6:30-8:30pm | Shea A3
For more information, please contact Diane Lauterbach at 480.703.2885.
Tuesdays, September 7—December 21 | 6-7:30pm | North Ridge A3
For more information, please contact Julie McGandy at 480.540.5033.
Shea will be studying Changes That Heal by Dr. Henry Cloud
North Ridge will be studying God Will Make A Way by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
This interactive workshop for women 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 as the loving, giving, fulfilled woman God created you to be.
Mondays | 6-7:30pm | 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.