RiverLakes Community Church offers counseling and counseling referrals through the People Encouraging People Ministry. Most cases are suitable for the Biblical Lay Pastoral Counseling services. The ultimate goal of Lay Counselors is to help people become more Christlike in attitudes, beliefs and purpose, resulting in a greater spiritual maturity and enriched relationships with God and others. Trained Lay Counselors typically meet man-to-man, woman-to-woman, or couple-to-couple. The Lay Ministry of RiverLakes Church is non-fee, short-term, confidential, and Biblically based. For information, intake and scheduling, call 589.9733 x222.
Additionally, RiverLakes Community Church offers classes and conferences that provide focused teaching, training, support and encouragement for individuals, couples and families. Various support groups are available for those in similar life circumstances. Check out "Support Groups" or call the church at 589.9733 x222 to see if one is right for you. When entering into pain while deepening our relationship with Christ, we will discover the wisdom we have been seeking.
LeaderBrent Van Elswyk
Premarital Counseling that helps you develop a strong and stable foundation upon which to build a God-honoring and fulfilling marriage. Plan now to prepare for your marriage, not just your wedding. Cost: $120.00
CC, Room 120
Monday, October 9
6:30 - 9:00pm
Community Center Auditorium
The recent massacre in Las Vegas has had a huge impact on our community. So many of us were either present during the attack or know someone who was. Our hearts grieve for the lives lost that day.
If you or someone you know have been impacted by that tragic day, we invite you to join us for a special meeting led by Pastor Brent Van Elswyk and a team of trained grief and trauma counselors. At this gathering we will pray and talk through the trauma of this event which has affected so many of us.
Need Counseling? People Encouraging People is a ministry of trained Biblical Lay Pastoral Counselors to hurting people. PEP counselors draw upon the comfort they have received from God to help others move closer to Jesus in the midst of their problems. When life challenges get tough, are you strong enough to ask for help? By appointment at 589.9733 x222.
Leader(s): Brent Van Elswyk
Sunday Nights / September 8 – November 3
People Encouraging People is a lay counseling and support/recovery ministry. Prepare to Care is a basic training course for adults wanting to further their people-helping skills.
Whether in the home, with relatives, neighbors, friends or co-workers, ministry and relationships will take on a new perspective as Dr. Brent Van Elswyk, Pastor of Counseling, provides instruction and insight into understanding people and being an effective encourager. Sunday evenings, September 8 – November 3, 2019 from 6:00 – 7:30. Nursery – 4th grade Sunday School available for childcare needs. $45 per person. Five years since last Training; class capacity expected. Space limited. Open to Church-at-large. Prior registration required.
Prepare to Care is the first of three phases prerequisite for those considering certification in the People Encouraging People Biblical Lay Pastoral Counseling Ministry.
Upon satisfactory completion and pastoral approval, Phase I participants (minimum age 20) may be invited to continue on Sunday nights with Phase II Equip to Care. Jan-May, 2020. $70 for RCC / $125 for others. No childcare.
Phase III Call to Care is Aug–Dec, 2020. RCC $150 / Guests Churches $225.
Premarital Counseling: Getting Ready for Marriage, with Dr. Brent Van Elswyk, will help couples construct a solid foundation upon which to build an enriching, fulfilling and growing marriage. Plan now to prepare for your marriage, not just your wedding. Wednesday evenings January 23 – February 27, 2019 from 6:00 – 7:30pm in the Community Center Room 120. Call the church office to sign up at 589-9733. $150 includes resources and couple inventory.
The next Premarital series: 4/3/19-5/15/19.
Premarital Counseling class includes lecture, worksheets, reading, workbook and discussion. On the first day you each receive a packet of material (including outline & worksheets), a workbook for assignments, and a number of resources/books to use as a couple. Topics include: Why Marry?; How Men & Women Differ; Expectations; Communication; Conflict Resolution; Issues (money/anger/etc); and Intimacy. Plus, along the way, you will take an individual Personality Assessment and do an online Prepare Test (or similar option for remarriage). Toward the end, or shortly thereafter, Dr. Brent will provide appointments to meet with each couple alone for couples counseling and review of test results (for which he is certified). If you prefer Premarital Counseling elsewhere, just as a couple and not in a group setting, we can recommend a licensed Christian professional. We have found the group format more affordable while offering the benefit of learning from others as they may share and inquire from different perspectives. But this style does not appeal to everyone's taste or schedule. If you would like a referral, call Debbie at 589-9733 x222.
Dedicate Your Baby on Sanctity of Life Sunday: Parent Dedication is a formal commitment of parents with their child(ren) on January 27, 2019 at the service of your choice. This is a public statement telling others of your love for the Lord, your intention to model that love to your children, and your willingness to be held accountable. Attendance at Parent Dedication Class is required of both parents on Sunday, January 13 at 6:00pm in the Community Center, Room 120. Exceptions only by prior approval with Pastor Brent at 589-9733. Please, no children over 6 months in Parent Dedication Class. The Nursery/Sunday School program is available for childcare needs through 4th grade. If you have already been to the class, your attendance again is not mandatory, but you must call the Church Receptionist in the office at 589-9733 by Jan.14 to confirm vital information.
The next Parent Dedication will be Mother’s Day May 12, 2019 with Class on May 5.
A Guidebook for Lay Counseling Ministry
Copyright 2003/ Revised 2018.
Conceived in 2002, this is a collection of what it takes to begin and maintain your Lay Counseling Ministry. Take it and tweak it for your needs and to fit your church’s personality. Replace names and logos with your name(s) and logo. Add, remove, copy and paste to your heart's content. With this master, you’ll have a great start to a great ministry. Find included: Philosophy, Training, Procedure, Letters, Permission(s), Counselor Application and Releases, and Forms (most every form we’ve ever found we needed). It’s all in this Guidebook Church Model to Effective Biblical Lay Pastoral Counseling.
Please email email@example.com to order a guidebook. The cost of the guidebook is $40.00 and once purchased will be sent to you via email. If you have any questions please call Debbie Allen at RiverLakes Community Church (661.589.9733 ext. 222).