Soul Care

The Soul Care ministry of FBC Lexington exists to walk alongside people in our church and community to comfort those who are suffering, and to equip the saints to minister to one another in a way that honors and pleases the Lord. 


The Soul Care ministry oversees the Biblical counseling and

GriefShare ministries, as well as the Caring Well Team.


Goals of Soul Care Ministry

-We will care for those who are oppressed, abused, poor, and weak by sharing the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 25:35-46, 

Proverbs 31:8-9, Psalm 82:3-4)

-We affirm Jesus teaches us that there will be trouble but take heart because he has overcome the world. (John 16:33)

-By the leading of the Holy Spirit, we will minister to others as they seek God and his word. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Isaiah 55:10-11, John 8:32, Matthew 24:35)

-We will encourage those in our care to sincerely pursue a relationship with the Lord through prayer, scripture reading, and deep meaningful community with others. (2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalms 63:1, Colossians 1:9-14)

-We will strive to equip the members of our church to step into the hard places of life and care for one another within the body. (1 Thessalonians 5:14, Galatians 6:2)

Biblical Counseling

FBC Lexington provides church-based, Christ-centered biblical counseling to individuals, couples, and families to help them know Jesus, or know him more deeply, and to help them find and apply God's answers for their personal and/or relational problems.


Visit the Biblical Counseling tab at the top of

this page to learn more.


Who can receive biblical counseling?

We provide counseling as a free shepherding ministry

to our FBC Lexington members. We also provide

counseling as an outreach ministry at no charge to

the members of our community.


What counseling topics do

you help people with?

-Anxiety

-Depression

-Anger

-Marriage

-Grief/Loss

-Parenting

-Children/Teens

-Other Challenges


How do I make an appointment

for counseling?

If you are interested in receiving counseling from FBC Lexington, visit our Biblical Counseling page to get to know our counselors and submit a request for counseling with the counselor you feel may fit your needs. 


Are your counselors licensed

by the state of Texas?

Our counselors have received varying levels of education and certifications through accredited Christian counseling certification pathways. Our counselors do not provide any diagnosis or prescribe medication. The counselors are considered "lay counselors". Lay counselors are non-clergy members of the church that have been trained to provide biblical counsel. Lay biblical counselors are not licensed by the state of Texas. Lay biblical counselors are people that have a spiritual calling to care for others and volunteer their time to minister to others under the guidance of FBC Lexington's Soul Care ministry.

Caring Well

What is the Caring Well Team?

The First Baptist Church Caring Well Team was established to address the realities of abuse in our community.  It is comprised of a team of trained volunteers to respond to abuse and support those who have been abused. 


God hates oppression. 

Abuse is an act of oppression. Believers should always pay special attention when the Bible tells us that God hates something. We should hate what God hates. “The LORD tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.” (Psalm 11:5)

God hears the cries of the oppressed and delivers them.

In Scripture when the oppressed cry out to God, He hears them and He takes action. God sees the oppressed. He hears the oppressed. And He acts on behalf of the oppressed to deliver them (see Genesis 16, 31, and Exodus 1-2).

God’s people must respond to human oppression as God responds to it.

Because God sees the oppressed, hears their cries and acts with compassion, mercy, and justice, we should do the same. FBC Lexington takes abuse and allegations of abuse seriously.


How does FBC respond to abuse?

-We will listen to, believe, support, and care for those affected by abuse. 

-We will urge the abused person to consider their own safety and that of family members first and to seek help from the church, professional counseling and legal resources, to bring healing.

-We will refer both the victim and the perpetrator of the abuse to competent professional counselors.

-We will stand with victims in seeking legal remedies should that be their decision. 

-We will discipline abusers and remove them from the church if they are unrepentant.

-We will teach that abuse is a sin.

-We will train all pastors, elders, deacons and lay leaders in the Ministry Safe Sexual Abuse awareness training. 


What does the Caring

Well Team do? 

This team will coordinate our church’s efforts as we implement policies and procedures to help FBC Lexington be safer for survivors and to help protect its members from abuse. Specifically the Caring Well Team (CWT) will:


Encourage

This team allows parents and victims at FBC Lexington to know that we take this issue seriously and are seeking to care for and protect the congregation.

Deter

Having a team who is focused on this issue puts perpetrators on notice that FBC takes this issue seriously. This may act as a deterrent because perpetrators will go where they have easiest access to victims.

Communicate

The CWT will be able to focus their energies on this important issue and help FBC maintain focus on stopping abuse. They will serve as a conduit for FBC’s efforts to move forward from ideas to implementation.


GriefShare

When a loved one dies it can feel like you are alone. Few people understand how painful and isolating your grief can be. But that does not mean you have to suffer by yourself. At GriefShare, you'll find a safe, comforting place where you can talk with others about your. grief. You'll find support, direction, and guidance on how to make it through.


For more information on FBC's GriefShare support group click here.


What topics are covered?

-Your grief journey

-Sadness and Loneliness

-Fear and Anxiety

-Anger

-Regrets

-Grief and your relationships

-Questions for God

-Hope and Resilience

...And more



At this 13-week grief recovery support group you'll:

-Hear insights from grief recovery experts

-Meet others who understand what you're going through

-Receive comfort and support

-Learn practical tips for navigating your grief

-Discover 6 signs of healing