“Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.”
We believe in the importance of caring for our souls. We believe deeply that Jesus wants to bring healing, restoration and ongoing well-being to your inner self. Soul care at Central Vineyard is happening in many different ways: in the Community Groups, through receiving prayer on Sunday morning, meeting with someone one on one, and many other ways. We invite you to consider one or several opportunities.
Peer Counseling is the place to start when you need help and don’t know where to get it. It is support that provides someone to listen to you, serve as a sounding board, help you process “present day” problems (as opposed to “past issues”.) Challenges may include: dating problems, family troubles, dissatisfaction with job/life, unhealthy coping mechanisms, promptings from God that you wish to explore, prayer requests.
Typically you would meet weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly for about an hour.
This is not for issues of severe functional impairment, i.e. mental health issues like eating disorders and addictions. If your situation is outside the scope of what Peer Counseling can offer, we will refer you on to some counselors that we have a trust.
If you would like to meet with someone for Peer Counseling, please contact:
Adrienne Cannell at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 614-905-0585
Spiritual Direction is
help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of the relationship.
-William A. Barry and William J. Connolly, The Practice of Spiritual Direction
From another authors perspective,
Spiritual direction is a prayer process in which a person seeking help in cultivating a deeper personal relationship with God meets with another for prayer and conversation that is focused on increasing awareness of God in the midst of life experiences and facilitating surrender to God's will.
-David Benner, Sacred Companions
Quite a few people in our church have found spiritual direction to be very helpful for their spiritual journey. They often want to meet with a spiritual director for one hour, once a month but this is not a requirement. The spiritual director takes time to pray, listen, and ask questions. Similar to counseling, spiritual direction involves a fee which ranges from $20 - $60 depending in your situation.
If you would like to find a spiritual director and experience it for yourself, please contact Adrienne.
We are currently in the process of creating resources and a group for married couples and those preparing to get married. We’re also happy to help you find another couple in the church for peer marital counseling if would like to grow in your marriage.
Divorce Care is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Anyone who has experienced divorce in the past or is currently experiencing a separation or divorce is welcome. During the first 30–40 minutes of the meeting, the group watches a video seminar featuring top experts on divorce and recovery subjects. The group is then open as a safe environment to discuss thoughts and feelings relating to separation and divorce.
This group will help you heal from the hurt and anger that divorce causes and will challenge you to see what God can do in your life. If you are interested in being a part of a group, contact Deb Woods, email@example.com.