Counseling

The Summit Church offers several types of counseling ministry, each designed to unpack the hope of the gospel for the unique features of our various struggles.

Small Groups

Even if you choose another part of our church’s ministry for care at this time, we highly recommend joining a small group. The sustainability of any change will be greatly enhanced by the relationships, encouragement, and accountability a small group provides.

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Recovery Support Groups (G4)

G4 groups provide a small group atmosphere where individuals invest a season of their life in overcoming a particular life-dominating struggle of sin or suffering. These groups provide a safe environment where members learn insights and skills that will allow them to more fully engage in biblical community.

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Preparing for Marriage

Preparing for Marriage (PFM) is the premarital counseling ministry of The Summit Church for seriously dating, engaged, and “just married” couples. PFM is designed for couples to begin right after they get engaged and be involved in for as long as they would like after they are married. Couples who are married by a Summit pastor are required to complete this program. The Summit places a great deal of importance on marriage, and we would love to be a part of helping you prepare for yours!

To effectively complete our Preparing for Marriage program, you need to register at least six months prior to your wedding. If you have less than six months remaining, some parts of the program will not be completed until after the wedding. For those couples with less than six months remaining that want to complete their pre-marital counseling before their wedding, we recommend either Bridgehaven or our Graduate Counseling Program for your pre-marital counseling. We also encourage every couple to take part in the “Creating a Gospel-centered Marriage” seminars either before or after your wedding.

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Graduate-level Counseling Intern Program

This program offers free pastoral counseling for individuals and couples. Our counseling interns are completing their masters or doctoral degrees in pastoral counseling and receive supervision from the pastor of counseling and the professors of their respective institutions as they serve you.

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Bridgehaven Counseling Associates

This non-profit ministry launched by the Summit provides pastoral counseling from a full-time, experienced counselor on a donation basis. Bridgehaven offers a high quality of care that is both clinically-informed and consistent with the teaching of The Summit Church.

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Financial Coaching

The Summit’s stewardship ministry provides free, confidential, one-on-one financial coaching to the community. Our volunteer financial coaches offer biblically-based coaching sessions to help you learn how to gain control of your personal finances according to God’s plan.

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Resources and Upcoming Events

Serve with the Engaged Discovery Weekend Team

The Engaged Discovery Weekend is an all-day Saturday and Sunday afternoon event hosted in homes throughout the Raleigh-Durham area. This weekend contains group teaching, breakout sessions, and panel discussions on a variety of pre-marital subjects for engaged couples. Bonus: your marriage will also be enriched as you serve! If you are interested in serving on the teaching team or hosting an upcoming weekend, please email Char Denlinger (edw@summitrdu.com) or sign up below.

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Preparing for Marriage Mentor Training

If you and your spouse are covenant members of the Summit Church, have been married for 5 or more years, please join us for an upcoming Preparing for Marriage (PFM) mentor training session. After you are trained, you will be paired with an engaged couple from your campus to meet with (approximately 6 times) during the months leading up to their marriage. This is one of the most exciting and rewarding ministries at the Summit, which allows you and your spouse to serve together, while further enriching your own marriage.

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Counseling Seminar: Overcoming Anger

September 28, 2019 at the Brier Creek Campus. We live in a broken world where legitimate desires often get disappointed, fallen people often offend us, and loved ones frequently forget things that are important to us. Anger as an emotion with a lot of momentum and it easily runs away with us. This is an important seminar for every person (whether we yell frequently or not). Come and learn how the gospel both informs and empowers us to respond to real wrongs in a way that brings hope instead of regret and change instead of shame. This is a life lesson none of us an afford to neglect.

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Creating a Gospel-Centered Marriage

This three-part series (Foundations, Communication, and Intimacy) is an excellent resource for married, engaged, and seriously dating couples. All seminars will take place at the Blue Ridge Campus, October 7-9, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. You may select to attend all seminars, or only the one(s) you are interested in attending. Please note that childcare is not available for this series.

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Counseling Seminar: Gaining a Healthy Relationship with Food

October 26, 2019 at the Brier Creek Campus. We don’t just consume food. We have a relationship with food. From infancy, bad behavior meant “no dessert” and if we worked hard we “deserved a treat.” We “cast our cares” on comfort foods instead of the God of all comfort, and we live with a sense of guilt or anxiety over our eating habits. This seminar is intended to counter this strong cultural tendency. This seminar addresses both over-indulgence and/or over-restriction in your relationship with food, and points to the same answer for both: the freedom of Christ.

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Counseling Seminar Resources

Did you know that past seminars (on various topics like addiction, grief, marriage, post-traumatic stress, and many others) are available in video or podcast format? These are great resources that may be beneficial to you, someone in your small group, or even a co-worker or neighbor going through a difficult time. We also offer live seminars each spring and fall. You can see the upcoming topics and dates at the link below.

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