Philosophy

The Center for Women’s Ministries, Inc., is a non-profit ministry for women, promoting emotional and spiritual healing.

Purpose

To create an environment where non-judgmental listening, sharing, encouragement and prayer support can take place.

Steps to Emotional and Spiritual Healing

  • Step 1—Admit the struggle and hurt
    John 8:32 Know the truth and the truth shall set you free.
  • Step 2—Share the struggle with someone else
    Mark 4:22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought into the open.
    James 5:16 Confess to one another your faults, your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins (Amp).
    Psalm 23:3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away.
  • Step 3—Bring the situation of suffering to Jesus and ask Him to heal you.
    Isa. 53:5b By His stripes we are healed (KJV).
    With the stripes that wounded Him, we are healed and made whole (Amp).
    Psalm 107:20 He sent forth His word and healed them.
    Phil. 3:13b, 14 Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (NASB).

The center’s “Caring Partners” are not professionals and are not a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical care.

Why is the Center Needed?

  • Breakdown of family support system
  • High level of stress factors in our age
  • Three spiritual needs only partially met by secular counseling
    1. Facing the truth: Know the truth and the truth will set you free—John 8:32
    2. Sharing with another person—Mark 4:22, Psalm 32:3, James 5:16
    3. Bring problems to Jesus—Is. 53:5
  • Overload of a pastor’s time
    • There are great counseling needs in a congregation
    • Not all pastors are good counselors
  • Women present difficult counseling situations
    • Women make up 80-100% of pastoral counseling load
    • Sex or marital counseling with a person of the opposite sex may present temptation for improper action or behavior

Policy Regarding the Scope of Ministry of                                                                   The Center for Women’s Ministries, Inc.

Board approved January 30, 1999                                                                                             Board revised September 9, 2006                                                                                              Board revised August 11, 2012                                                                                                        

Guidelines related to the application of this policy:

  • A woman in counseling over a relationship problem may request that the person with whom she is struggling receive counseling at the Center for Women’s Ministries (CWM).
    • Her counseling volunteer may not initiate the idea
    • The center director must give permission and be kept aware of  progress
    • Counsel must relate to the original client’s issues
    • Men will not receive individual counseling from a woman counseling volunteer.  No child under age 13 will be counseled whose mother or primary caregiver is not in counseling at CWM
  • During a child counseling session, a second adult volunteer must be within sight at all times.
  • A husband and wife may receive joint counseling from a CWM trained husband and wife team, but not from an individual or a non-husband and wife team. Couples in counseling may be a part of CWM-sponsored couples’ support groups and Bible studies. In order to preserve a safe environment for other women, these sessions must be held after hours.
  • The CWM will not counsel individual men nor include them in support groups and Bible studies (including husbands of clients), but will refer them to other resources.