Care and Counseling

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-3 (ESV)

Because of sin, we have broken lives and live in a fallen and broken world. Thankfully through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we receive forgiveness, restoration, and hope. This singular focus on Jesus, allows us to run with endurance as we navigate through the delightful times and/or the difficult times that we experience in life.

Our Care and Counseling Ministry exists to encourage you in both the delightful times and the difficult times when it seems like life has been flipped upside down. It’s our prayer that God would use these various resources to prepare you for and restore you to the things God has in store for his people.

  • Pre-Marriage (SYMBIS)

    Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts (SYMBIS) is a 7-week class for those engaged or thinking about getting married. This class address seven key questions to help couples identify and overcome stumbling blocks to building a healthy, lifelong marriage.
  • Marriage Oneness

    Marriage Oneness is an 8-week training that equips couples to grow in true intimacy, connection, and purpose - and experience closeness for a lifetime. Marriage Oneness includes small-group discussions and application exercises to complete together on date nights, covering topics like Communication, Conflict Resolution, Spiritual Beliefs, Money, Sexual Intimacy and Roles & Responsibilities.
  • DivorceCare

    Healing from divorce is not easy, and it can be a long and painful process. DivorceCare is a 13-week recovery support group that combines personal study with video seminars in a friendly, caring group setting. We will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You will learn how to heal from the deep hurt of divorce and discover hope for your future. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone.
  • Recovery

    Admitting that we are broken and need help isn’t easy. In fact, everything within us wants us to believe we are better than we really are. STEPS is a 14-week recovery and reconciliation ministry that meets on Sunday nights from 5:30-7:30. On Sundays, participants will meet for small group discussion and a large group video teaching. During the week, participants will meet with a mentor who has gone through STEPS themselves, for one-on-one focused discussion, prayer, and encouragement. Don’t buy the lie that you can ‘fix this’ on your own.
  • Biblical Counseling

    Our goal in the counseling ministry is to connect our members and our community friends to the life-transforming power of Jesus Christ. We are confident that through the Scriptures and the power of His Spirit, God has given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3-4). It is our joy to help real people, with real problems using the Bible.

    Our vision is larger than a few one-on-one meetings with a counselor. Rarely does lasting change happen in isolation. As a part of counseling, we will likely encourage you to be involved in the life of our church in a variety of ways as we walk together. Our approach to counseling focuses on helping you identify how your beliefs, values, and desires (Prov. 4:23; Matt. 6:21; Luke 6:45) express themselves in your emotions, relationships, decision making, and identity.

    Our commitment as a church is to offer counseling services to our church members and fellow neighbors in the area. As a church, we are committed to help others glorify God with their thoughts, words, and actions through the community of faith. This is made possible by the redemptive power of Jesus Christ, the conviction and guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the instruction of God’s Word. Your counseling will be biblical, pastoral counseling in which the Scriptures are held as the final authority in all matters. If you are not sure you will be interested in biblical counseling, you will have the option of attending one or two sessions to discover how biblical counseling may help you.

  • Stephen Ministry

    Stephen Ministry is one of the ways that our church cares for people going through tough times. Stephen Ministers are men and women from our congregation who provide one-on-one caring ministry to people experiencing grief, divorce, loneliness, job loss, disappointment, hospitalization, and many other life difficulties.
    Stephen Ministers complete a thorough interview process and spend many hours in training to be equipped to offer support:

    • Listening
    • Feelings
    • Confidentiality
    • Providing Christian care
    • Maintaining boundaries
    • Ministering to people experiencing crisis

    Once equipped, Stephen Ministers are prayerfully matched with people who are going through a stressful time or life difficulty. A Stephen Minister meets with you once a week for about an hour to listen, care, encourage, and pray. The Stephen Minister cares for you as a brother or sister in Christ, to listen when life is hard. It's really a life-changing ministry at a time you need it most.

    To learn more about requesting or becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact us.

  • Deacons

    A key component of caring for and serving our congregation is our deacon ministry. The qualifications for serving as a deacon at Harvester are described in Scripture:

    "Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued,[c] not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise[d] must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well.” 1 Timothy 3:8-12 (ESV)

    A general list of deacon responsibilities includes:
    • Serve alongside the pastor
    • Serve alongside the staff
    • Serve within our ministries
    • Serving the Lord's Supper
    • Hospital and home visitation
    • Helping those in need

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Mag Somheil.