Care

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One of Bethany’s measures of church health is care. We seek to foster a culture of care in all our ministries, be it small groups, community groups, Bible Studies, age group ministries and ministry teams. At the same time, we have particular ministries of care that are intended to close the gaps, to practice Christian care in the lives of those who may not have an already-established source of community within the larger congregation.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry provides confidential, one-on-one care to individuals who are experiencing a tough season in their lives. Trained care-givers are available to come alongside both men and women to listen, encourage, support and pray for them as they seek healing and strength while facing particular crises, such as the loss of a loved one, convalescence, separation or divorce, loneliness or discouragement, spiritual concerns, unemployment, terminal or chronic illness, birth or adoption, miscarriage or infertility, relocation, recovery, and life transition.

Each year in the month of January, Bethany members and regular attenders are invited to apply to become Stephen Ministers. Selected applicants then embark upon a four month journey of training that equips them to minister Christian care to others who come to us seeking someone who will walk with them through their season of difficulty.

To express interest in exploring the possibility of serving as a Stephen Minister or to communicate a desire to receive the care of a Stephen Minister in your life, please email us at donr@churchbcc.org.

Deacon ministries

While Stephen Ministry offers primarily emotional and spiritual care, Deacon Ministries focuses on ministering to Bethany members and regular attenders experiencing hardship in practical ways. Four areas of practical need outline the scope of this effort:

Material Assistance – Financial assistance, personal budget planning and management, and employment coaching.

Care Visitation – Hospitalization and rehab, shut-ins, widows, single moms, and new baby support.

Practical Helps – Household maintenance, transportation, relocation, meals, and childcare support.

Crisis Support – Bereavement, unemployment, extended or terminal illness, domestic violence, separation or divorce, and other emergencies.

To hear more about how you can become a Deacon Ministries volunteer, contact us at donr@churchbcc.org.

If you are experiencing a season of hardship with needs in one or more of the areas described here, we invite you also to contact us. We will meet with you, assess your particular concern together, and come alongside you to minister in whatever way may be most helpful.

Prayer Ministries

At Bethany, we believe in the vital importance of interceding for one another in prayer as an ongoing element of our life together in Christian community.

Sunday Prayer Team

This group of trained prayer ministers is available to confidentially pray with worshipers immediately following each of our services. To learn more about how you can become a member of our Prayer Team, contact us at joshw@churchbcc.org.

Prayer Chain

This team of over 100 behind-the-scenes prayer warriors is on call continually to receive prayer requests via email and to pray as needs are submitted from within the church family. If you would like to join the Prayer Chain, or if you desire to share a prayer request with the team, please contact us at donr@churchbcc.org.

Counseling Services

Counseling often provides important guidance and support to those seeking resolution and restoration around a range of concerns in their lives. Some of our pastoral team are available to minister in this way as appropriate. We also maintain a strong referral network of professional therapists. Contact us for more information at donr@churchbcc.org.


Spiritual Journey

Tuesdays, Aug. 29–Dec. 12,  7–8:30pm 

If you’re feeling stuck in any area of your life, this annual fall opportunity may be just the class for you! Based on the 12 Steps, Spiritual Journey is a teaching and small group experience that provides a healing environment of truth-telling that teaches folks how to respond in healthy ways to obstacles and disappointments, avoid carrying pain from unresolved conflicts, gain wisdom to move past victimhood, learn principles for hope and healing, and lay a foundation for meaningful relationships. We welcome you to contact us with your questions at philm@churchbcc.org.