Announcing SCC’s Lay Counselors:
As you know, this past year after graduating from SPU’s marriage and family therapy program, I have been working to develop a counseling program to better equip our full time ministers and those lay leaders with a gift for and interest in counseling. Last fall, we began Collaborative Counseling for individuals and Connection Counseling for couples and families, and we finished this training for the ministry staff this spring. Concurrently, with the advice and commendation of the ministers, we chose several couples to train from the lay leadership, and we finished that work in the early spring.
I continue to provide supervision for the development of both groups. For staff, we spend significant time during our staff meetings reviewing materials and ideas. For the lay groups, I meet with them in smaller sub-groups once at midweek every 5 weeks, on both sides of the lake. Their dedication, the time spent in training, and ongoing supervision give me great confidence in their ability to help church members make breakthroughs and move forward with their lives.
If you suspect you have a significant need for counseling, please take the following steps:
- Talk to your ministry leader (Kellys, Overstreets, Brumleys, Whitakers) about the need. We want our ministry staff, as good shepherds, to know who needs help.
- With their help, evaluate whether the problem or need is within the scope of our training. For example, some kinds of emotional challenges may require the help of medicine and a psychiatrist’s evaluation. Others, like PTSD, may require outside referral to a specialist therapist.
- Your ministry leader can help take next steps—either taking on your case personally or inviting one of our lay counselors to meet with you.
- These protocols apply to intensive marriage counseling or family counseling too.
- Not every need requires special time or training. Many of our spiritual needs can continue to be addressed with our prayer partners, discipling partners, or other members of our Bible Talks and Mission Towns
Our Commended SCC Lay Counselors are:
Westside: Todd & Casey Schoepflin, Paul & Shelli Martin, Joe & Lisa Upton, Scott & Lisa Lewis, Steve & Kelly Keyser.
Eastside: Greg & Ruthann Tacher, Alcides & Leslie Morais, Rick & Ellen Soter, Jerry & Shanti Stirret, Darin & Cindy Webb.
May this ongoing ministry bring change and hope to those in pain,
Scott Green, SCC Senior Minister & Elder