​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.

Brent Van Elswyk

Getting Ready for Marriage

​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

Las Vegas Debriefing

Las Vegas Debriefing

​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.

People Encouraging People: Lay Pastoral Counseling

People Encouraging People: Lay Pastoral Counseling

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
Meets: Various

Premarital Counseling: Getting Ready for Marriage

Premarital Counseling: Getting Ready for Marriage

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 April 4 – May 16, 2018 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. 

Upcoming Premarital Series:

  • 9/19/18-10/24/18
  • 1/23/19-2/27/19
  • 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)
  • 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.

Parent Dedication

Parent Dedication

Parent Dedication Sunday: Mother's Day 2018 (May 13)

Parent Dedication Class: Sunday, May 6 at 6:00pm | Community Center, Room 120

Parent Dedication is a formal commitment of parents with their child(ren) on May 13, 2018 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.  Exceptions only by prior approval with Pastor Brent (661.589.9733).  

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 office (661.589.9733) by May 8 to confirm vital information. 

The next Parent Dedication will be Sanctity of Life Sunday January 20, 2019 with Class on January 13.

A Guidebook for Lay Counseling Ministry

A Guidebook for Lay Counseling Ministry

​A Guidebook for Lay Counseling Ministry

Copyright 2003/ Revised 2013.

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 (every form we’ve ever found we needed).  It’s all in this Guidebook Church Model to Effective Biblical Lay Pastoral Counseling.

Please click HERE to order the guidebook online.  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.

Meets: Various