Congregational Care

care-page-headerCongregational Care describes what is distinctive about the church of Jesus Christ. As we grow in God’s love, we learn that such love compels us to care for each other much as family members care for each other.

The purpose of Congregational Care is to extend the reach of the Rector to care for all our members as Christ would for His own, both by ministering to them and teaching them to minister to one an other. In addition to providing marriage preparation, counseling, regular visitation and instruction in the Christian walk, we also direct several specialized ministries within the church including Stephen Ministry, PrimeTimers, DivorceCare, GriefShare, and Living Waters.

Congregational Care Groups

Congregational Care is continually seeking to provide opportunities that will enable every member to live their lives more effectively. We are privileged to offer the following ministries. For more detailed information; or you may contact the Congregational Care office at 404-564-3159, or email gwiley@apostles.org.

CrossCurrent:  Beyond Brokenness – Is your life not working for you?  Are you experiencing broken relationships, out of control anger, or wounds from the past?  Have you been dishonoring God with your body?  Are these things robbing you of life and joy?  Are you simply tired of carrying these burdens?  Better person, better friend, better dating relationships, better husband or wife, better father or mother, all lie ahead for you. We have the new playbook that is sure to get you back on track.  Become the man or woman you want to be, and God wants you to be.  Exchange your brokenness for His restored and perfect relationship with you.  Led by a team of men and women that have been in your similar situation.  Small groups are same-gender.  This 8-week class begins Tuesday, January 24March 14, from 6:30 to 9:00 P.M.  Course book $10 optional. STS Den

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DivorceCare – Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before. DivorceCare is a 13-week video and small group discussion course designed to assist, comfort and support individuals as they go through this most difficult time. Class begins on Tuesday evenings, January 10 –April 4, from 7:00 to 9:00.  The cost is $15.  Room 616

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Financial Peace University – Seven out of 10 Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck – that statistic goes up to 8 out of 10 families in affluent neighborhoods. That is why we are offering Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class which meets on Tuesday evenings, February 7 – April 4, from 7:00 to 8:30.  This is a practical and fun opportunity to learn about money. Each weekly session starts with Dave Ramsey teaching on video and is followed by a small group discussion. If you are one of the few who isn’t struggling, you will still benefit from this powerful material. You will learn how to apply biblical principles in the management of all the resources God has given you. The cost is $95.00 per couple or individual, which covers 9 weeks of teaching, resource materials, and a life-time membership to FPU.   Rooms 201-203

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GriefShare – Grieving the loss of a loved one, whether recently or in the past, is one of the most emotionally wrenching experiences one can go through. If one tries to deal with the varying waves of emotion on their own, the grief experience becomes even more distressing.  GriefShare is a 13-week video and small group discussion course designed to assist, comfort and support individuals as they go through this most difficult time. Class begins on Tuesday evenings, January 10– April 4 from 7:00 to 9:00.  The cost is $15.  Room 613

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Living WatersRestoring Relational Integrity through the broken body of Christ

Living Waters is an in-depth ministry for any Christian seeking integrity in areas of relational and /or sexual brokenness.  Living Waters is about discovering and healing root issues that cause present day struggles.  Each meeting of this six-month journey, we gather for worship, teaching, testimony, ministry time at the cross, and small groups focused on confession and listening prayer.  Living Waters helps Christians resume the call to becoming whole gifts to each other through the body of Christ.  The cost of the series is $500.  Applications are accepted beginning August 1st.  This class will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 P.M., October 6, 2015 – March 29, 2016.

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Loving Myself as God Does:  Taught by Micky Land, LPC. Understand how accepting yourself as God does advances your emotional and spiritual life. Class will be led in a small group format beginning on Tuesday evenings, April 25 – June 27, from 7:00 – 8:30.  Micky’s book, Loving Yourself as God Does will be available in class. Space is limited.  Room 240

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OnPath is a biblically-based life and work assessment course designed to provoke thinking and foster strategic renewal, personally and professionally. The cost of the course is $70 to cover the purchase of a workbook and required personality profiles. By appointment only.

Individual Counseling (Men and Women, Couples)

Jeanine Dungan, call Gwen Wiley at 404-564-3159 or gwiley@apostles.org
Brian Maxwell, call 404-591-1966 or bmaxwell@apostles.org
Ron Ervin, call Gwen Wiley at 404-564-3159 or gwiley@apostles.org

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are trained to work with people who are experiencing a wide range of life crises, such as marriage and family conflict, job loss, financial problems, grief, illness, faith challenges, and discouragement. Stephen Ministers are not counselors but Christian friends who meet with their care receivers weekly to provide one-to-one support and prayer. These relationships are Christ-centered and focus on the healing power of Jesus Christ in our lives. They are confidential and last as long as there is a need. Each relationship is designed to meet the specific needs of the care receiver, whether for long or short-term care.

* You do not have to be a member of Apostles to have a Stephen Minister.

If you are currently facing a difficult situation and could benefit from the presence of a dependable, caring, Christian friend to listen to you and walk with you, please call one of our referral coordinators: Rebecca Wise (770-435-4867) or John Wise (678-358-5701).