Congregational 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CrossCurrent: Beyond Brokenness is a safe and confidential place to experience grace and truth and find meaningful answers to questions you may have about your relationships or sexual addictions. No matter how broken or hopeless we may perceive ourselves, God upholds us in hope. In this cross centered community, God is restoring broken hearts, broken pasts, broken relationships, broken sexuality, and broken identity. Each week includes worship, teaching, testimony, and same-gender small groups. Come and experience the hope and taste the joy of overcoming strongholds, healed relationships and intimacy with God. This 7 week class will meet on Tuesday, evenings, August 15 – September 26 from 6:30 to 9:00 P.M. Course book $10 optional. STS Den
Loving Myself as God Does: Taught by Micky Land, LPC. Understand how accepting yourself as God does advances your emotional and spiritual life. The class will be led in a small group format on Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30 AM, for 10 weeks, starting on September 12 and ending November 14. Micky’s book Loving Yourself as God Does will be available in class. Space is limited.
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 will meet on Tuesday evenings, August 15-November 14, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. The cost is $15. Room 617
Financial Peace University – Do you really know where your hard-earned money goes each month or are you left wondering where it went? Do you run out of money before you run out of month? Tired of being stressed out over money? Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University is for you. This practical 9 week course covers all you need to know to achieve financial security in our uncertain world. Topics include Savings, budgeting, debt elimination, investing, etc. We use Dave’s entertaining DVD’s, case studies, group discussions, and other timely materials in a friendly group session atmosphere. Class will meet on Tuesday evenings, Sept. 5 – October 31, 7:00 to 8:30. The cost is $95.00 per couple or individual. Room 201-203 For more information, call Stan Carder at 404-564-3146 or email him at email@example.com
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 will meet on Tuesday evenings, August 15-November 14, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. The cost is $15. Room 613
Living Waters, Restoring Relational Integrity
Living Waters is an in-depth ministry for any Christian seeking healing in areas of relational and /or sexual brokenness. 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 3, 2017 – March 27, 2018. STS Loft. Check out the video testimonies at www.apostles.org/livingwaters
Individual Counseling (Men and Women, Couples)
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 (770-783-2608) or John Wise (678-358-5701).