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To serve people with empathy and biblical wisdom; seeking to renew their hearts, minds and souls through the redeeming power of God.

Life can throw different challenges at us! Sometimes we face situations that are confusing or too large for us to handle alone. We might just need someone to come alongside us and help us sort through the puzzle pieces of life. Our lay-counseling ministry does just that.

Our Lay-counselors are not professional counselors but are godly and gifted men and women who are non-judgmental, compassionate, and caring individuals. They understand the truth of God’s Word (the Bible) and how it can be applied to everyday life. They understand the power of God to heal the inner self and redeem situations. They are great listeners and want to walk with you through your presented needs while offering hope in Christ. Our free Lay-counseling sessions are 50 minutes long in a comfortable, private room at our church.

Lay Counseling FAQs

No, our team are compassionate, gifted, and trained lay counselors. That means they are great listeners who are able to help walk with you through your presented needs and assist you in making the next steps toward solutions.

Absolutely nothing! This is our ministry! Our payment is in the form of your appreciation and seeing you overcome obstacles and gain the wisdom and strength to move forward.

No, just an attender. If you are seeking marriage counseling but your spouse doesn’t attend our church, that is not a problem.

Each session is 50 min in a private room on our church campus. Zoom meetings available. Meetings are between 5-8 sessions.

Yes, all of our lay counselors keep everything confidential. What you say stays in the room and doesn’t leave any other way. We may be required by California state law to report certain things – which we will go over with you in the first session.

Many reasons, really. Just about anything where you need someone to hear you and be able to believe God for breakthroughs. These areas may include marital difficulties, grief, anxiety, depression, making difficult decisions, and more.

Fill out the online application. Once we receive that, we will get in contact with you.

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Welcome to First Baptist Stockton!

At First Baptist, we believe we don’t first get perfected, or all tidied up before we come and approach God, we come to Him as we are! Our church is the same way, come as you are – and let’s meet and follow Jesus together!

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