COUNSELING



COUNSELING


Scott Miller

Pastor of Counseling

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Welcome! BVG Counseling is designed to provide encouragement, insight and biblical guidance during times of change, crisis, personal and family difficulties. Whether you are overjoyed about the thought of getting married or find yourself in a situation you never imagined, our counselors are here to help.

Have questions or need more information? Contact [email protected]

Scott Miller

Pastor of Counseling

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Welcome! BVG Counseling is designed to provide encouragement, insight and biblical guidance during times of change, crisis, personal and family difficulties. Whether you are overjoyed about the thought of getting married or find yourself in a situation you never imagined, our counselors are here to help.

Have questions or need more information? Contact [email protected]

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CLICK HERE for more info about lay counseling
Our lay counselors will listen and help clarify, offering hope, encouragement, prayer, and sound biblical advice. Our goal is to help the counselee resolve the challenges he/she facing.

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CLICK HERE for more info about premarital mentoring
You’re thinking about getting married. This is an exciting time in your life! We believe in God’s plan for marriage, which is why we use God’s Word as our instruction book as we help prepare you for marriage!
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CLICK HERE to find our upcoming events
Whether it has been a few days or many years since your loss, we welcome you to join our class where you will be walked through each stage of grief by a caring group of people who know what you're going through. Contact LoriB@bvg.org for the next class!
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CLICK HERE for more info about lay counseling
Our lay counselors will listen and help clarify, offering hope, encouragement, prayer, and sound biblical advice. Our goal is to help the counselee resolve the challenges he/she facing.

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CLICK HERE for more info about premarital mentoring
You’re thinking about getting married. This is an exciting time in your life! We believe in God’s plan for marriage, which is why we use God’s Word as our instruction book as we help prepare you for marriage!
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CLICK HERE to find our upcoming events
Whether it has been a few days or many years since your loss, we welcome you to join our class where you will be walked through each stage of grief by a caring group of people who know what you're going through. Contact LoriB@bvg.org for the next class!
LAY COUNSELING
OUR VISION
To help all those who are broken and hurting find truth and healthy relationships through the power of Jesus Christ. We do not provide long term counseling. We typically see individuals for six to eight sessions. If you feel this time frame is not adequate for your needs, we can refer you to a licensed Christian counselor. If this is an emergency or a matter of life and death, please call 911 immediately. If you need to speak with a pastor, call (209) 577-1604 and ask to speak with the Pastor on Duty.
WHAT WE ARE NOT
Lay counseling is not mental health care and should not be substituted for professional therapy or counseling. We do not perform psychiatric evaluations, nor do we prescribe medication. Our lay counselors are well trained to address many situations and life challenges, but there are some counseling situations that are beyond our training. When this is the case, professional counseling will be recommended. We are not licensed therapists; we are trained biblical lay and pastoral counselors.
WHAT TYPE OF LAY COUNSELING ARE YOU SEEKING?

Individual Lay Counseling -Packets are available at the church office (open M-Th, 9am-12pm//1pm-5pm). Online counseling packets are available HERE

Marriage Lay CounselingMarriage Counseling Letter of Introduction
Pre-printed packets are available at the church office (open M-Th, 9am-12pm//1pm-5pm). There is a $5 fee for this application. Please return the completed packet with cash or a check made out to BVG Lay Counseling Ministries.


LAY COUNSELING TRAINING PROGRAM
APPLY HERE
LAY COUNSELING
OUR VISION
To help all those who are broken and hurting find truth and healthy relationships through the power of Jesus Christ. We do not provide long term counseling. We typically see individuals for six to eight sessions. If you feel this time frame is not adequate for your needs, we can refer you to a licensed Christian counselor. If this is an emergency or a matter of life and death, please call 911 immediately. If you need to speak with a pastor, call (209) 577-1604 and ask to speak with the Pastor on Duty.
WHAT WE ARE NOT
Lay counseling is not mental health care and should not be substituted for professional therapy or counseling. We do not perform psychiatric evaluations, nor do we prescribe medication. Our lay counselors are well trained to address many situations and life challenges, but there are some counseling situations that are beyond our training. When this is the case, professional counseling will be recommended. We are not licensed therapists; we are trained biblical lay and pastoral counselors.
WHAT TYPE OF LAY COUNSELING ARE YOU SEEKING?

Individual Lay Counseling -Packets are available at the church office (open M-Th, 9am-12pm//1pm-5pm). Online counseling packets are available HERE

Marriage Lay CounselingMarriage Counseling Letter of Introduction
Pre-printed packets are available at the church office (open M-Th, 9am-12pm//1pm-5pm). There is a $5 fee for this application. Please return the completed packet with cash or a check made out to BVG Lay Counseling Ministries.

LAY COUNSELING TRAINING PROGRAM
APPLY HERE


PREMARITAL MENTORING
OUR VISION
We believe in God’s plan for marriage, which is why we use God’s Word as our instruction book as we help prepare you for marriage! We strongly recommend that you enroll in Premarital Mentoring before you get engaged or set a date! However, if that doesn’t happen, our next suggestion is that you enroll in premarital mentoring at least 6 months before your wedding date.
WHAT WE ARE
This is the most important part of the wedding planning process. It helps you see clearly what God says about marriage. It provides practical skills for conflict resolution and communication. It identifies difficulties that are common to every marriage. It identifies strengths and targets potential problem areas in your relationship. It helps you experience the fullness of God’s blessing in your relationship. It builds the foundation for marriage. It teaches you how to build strength to overcome in areas that usually destroy marriages. It develops communication skills. It establishes whether or not God is at the center of your marital plans. It assesses where you are and where you need to be spiritually Italicization ssesses how long the engagement should be and assists you in setting a wedding date
WHAT WE ARE NOT
This is not another box to check off – (flowers, DJ, premarital). This is not something you must do to get a pastor to marry you. This is not something you do to make your parents or fiancé happy.
POLICY

All couples must comply with the following policy in order to be married at Big Valley Grace Community Church or to have a Big Valley Grace pastor officiate your wedding off-site:

  • Complete the Premarital Mentoring sessions (approx. 8 sessions) and take a relationship assessment.
  • Couples must be legally divorced from prior marriages, based on biblical grounds (See Matthew 5:30-31 and I Corinthians 7).
  • Couples must be equally yoked (See II Corinthians 6:14)
  • Couples must abstain from premarital sex or cohabitation during the courting process and sign a Purity Covenant (See I Thessalonians 4:3-8, I Corinthians 6:18-20, Acts 24:16)

(Not complying with these recommendations will not disqualify you from premarital mentoring, but may disqualify you from being married at BVG and from having a Big Valley Grace Community Church pastor officiate your wedding.)

Remember, a marriage is far more important than the wedding day.
We believe in God’s plan for marriage, which is why we use God’s Word as our instruction book as we help prepare you for marriage! We strongly recommend that you enroll in Premarital Mentoring before you get engaged or set a date! However, if that doesn’t happen, our next suggestion is that you enroll in premarital mentoring at least 6 months before your wedding date.
SESSIONS INFO
  • 8 sessions, each lasting 2-2 1/2 hours.
  • Attendance is mandatory
  • Sessions are taught by our Premarital Mentor couples
  • We, Mentors, will be assigned once the application process is complete
  • Mentoring is open to all engaged or pre-engaged couples who are seeking to have a biblically based marriage.
  • It is strongly recommended that your wedding date does NOT fall within 3 months after the last session.
  • There will be a $100 enrollment fee, which can be paid electronically by clicking the link at the end of the application.
APPLICATION
Please complete the following three-page Premarital Mentoring Application.  This process will require approximately 30-45 minutes per spouse.  If you have any questions about this part of the process, please contact us.
APPLICATION
PREMARITAL MENTORING
OUR VISION
We believe in God’s plan for marriage, which is why we use God’s Word as our instruction book as we help prepare you for marriage! We strongly recommend that you enroll in Premarital Mentoring before you get engaged or set a date! However, if that doesn’t happen, our next suggestion is that you enroll in premarital mentoring at least 6 months before your wedding date.
Remember, a marriage is far more important than the wedding day.
We believe in God’s plan for marriage, which is why we use God’s Word as our instruction book as we help prepare you for marriage! We strongly recommend that you enroll in Premarital Mentoring before you get engaged or set a date! However, if that doesn’t happen, our next suggestion is that you enroll in premarital mentoring at least 6 months before your wedding date.
WHAT WE ARE
This is the most important part of the wedding planning process. It helps you see clearly what God says about marriage. It provides practical skills for conflict resolution and communication. It identifies difficulties that are common to every marriage. It identifies strengths and targets potential problem areas in your relationship. It helps you experience the fullness of God’s blessing in your relationship. It builds the foundation for marriage. It teaches you how to build strength to overcome in areas that usually destroy marriages. It develops communication skills. It establishes whether or not God is at the center of your marital plans. It assesses where you are and where you need to be spiritually Italicization ssesses how long the engagement should be and assists you in setting a wedding date
WHAT WE ARE NOT
This is not another box to check off – (flowers, DJ, premarital). This is not something you must do to get a pastor to marry you. This is not something you do to make your parents or fiancé happy.
POLICY

All couples must comply with the following policy in order to be married at Big Valley Grace Community Church or to have a Big Valley Grace pastor officiate your wedding off-site:

  • Complete the Premarital Mentoring sessions (approx. 8 sessions) and take a relationship assessment.
  • Couples must be legally divorced from prior marriages, based on biblical grounds (See Matthew 5:30-31 and I Corinthians 7).
  • Couples must be equally yoked (See II Corinthians 6:14)
  • Couples must abstain from premarital sex or cohabitation during the courting process and sign a Purity Covenant (See I Thessalonians 4:3-8, I Corinthians 6:18-20, Acts 24:16)

(Not complying with these recommendations will not disqualify you from premarital mentoring, but may disqualify you from being married at BVG and from having a Big Valley Grace Community Church pastor officiate your wedding.)

SESSIONS INFO
  • 8 sessions, each lasting 2-2 1/2 hours.
  • Attendance is mandatory
  • Sessions are taught by our Premarital Mentor couples
  • We, Mentors, will be assigned once the application process is complete
  • Mentoring is open to all engaged or pre-engaged couples who are seeking to have a biblically based marriage.
  • It is strongly recommended that your wedding date does NOT fall within 3 months after the last session.
  • There will be a $100 enrollment fee, which can be paid electronically by clicking the link at the end of the application.
APPLICATION
Please complete the following three-page Premarital Mentoring Application.  This process will require approximately 30-45 minutes per spouse.  If you have any questions about this part of the process, please contact us.
APPLICATION