Almost a decade ago, when I was serving as a pastor in Indiana, I met a girl named Sara. Sara was struggling deeply with depression. She had been horribly sinned against in her past and never worked through the effects of that hurt and pain.
By the time she came to me, she was on the verge of giving up hope. The other churches she had attended eventually just pushed her away. One pastor even told her that her problems were too big for he and his church. He could not help her, he said, and didn’t even have the time to try.
A couple years ago, I was at a conference and a pastor whom I deeply love and respect was speaking. He spoke honestly about how God used a professional Christian counselor to save his marriage. God taught him through his experience that gospel-centered counseling is a powerful tool that God can use to help us work through rough patches in life. He also learned that getting help from a counselor is not an admittance of defeat, but a humble admission that all of us, at times, just need help.
The Reason for the Sojourn Counseling Center
As I reflect upon these memories from my past, I’m reminded of one of the key reasons why we started the Sojourn Counseling Center – because many of us are struggling and need help. And not just any kind of help, but help that is overflowing with gospel promises that can soothe the soul and give lasting hope for a better tomorrow.
The mission of Sojourn Church is “to see the gospel transform everything around us – ourselves, our families, our church, our city, and the world.” One way that we can help bring gospel transformation to individuals and families, and help make our city a better place, is by offering gospel-centered counseling. The Sojourn Counseling Center meets a real need in our community and helps further our mission.
A Special Offering for the Sojourn Counseling Center Scholarship Fund
That is why this Christmas season we will be collecting a special offering for the Sojourn Counseling Center on Sunday, December 21st. The purpose of this special offering is to build a scholarship fund for the counseling center. This fund will allow our professional counselors to help more people by helping remove financial barriers that might stop some people from getting the gospel-centered help they really need.
Would you begin considering now how God might want you to give to this special offering?