When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. 18 The LORD is near to the broken-hearted, and saves the crushed in spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD rescues them from them all. 20 He keeps all their bones; not one of them will be broken. Psalm 34: 17-20
The Pastoral Care/Mental Health Support Ministry of Ebenezer Baptist Church endeavors to provide care and attention to those within and beyond this congregation. Our mission is to meet mental and spiritual challenges by offering a ministry of compassion, hospitality, and support.
As a ministry, our aim is to reduce the stigma, increase awareness, and seek treatment for those suffering with mental illness. We will achieve this by providing guidance, support, and resources.
In addition to Mental Health Support, the Pastoral Care/Mental Health Support Ministry also provides support groups for Cancer Support, Grief and Loss Support, Addiction Support, and Children/Youth Support.
For details on any of these programs, see or download our online brochure here: Pastoral Care - Mental Health Brochure 2013
The Pastoral Care/Mental Health Support Ministry will offer qualified volunteers from the laity who will provide formal and informal counseling support to members of the congregation or community who are dealing with the stress, traumatic events, and life challenges.
Informal Counseling Support consists of nothing more than pulling someone aside for a quiet word about some problems they’re having. It can be done on the spur of the moment about something that happened only a second ago. Informal counseling support can be referred to as coaching. Training is provided for qualified support volunteers.
Formal Counseling Support will consist of a master’s and above, trained Counselor. Counseling support sessions will be scheduled in an office setting at the church and last no more than 30 minutes. The counselor will provide tools to the member in order to reach goals agreed upon by the counselor and member. The relationship is collaborative but the counselor will not/does not give advice or tell the person what to do. It is up to the member to use coping skills and tools to reach their goals with the assistance of the counselor.