“…the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
The Cove at Fruit Cove Baptist Church is a ministry center that provides recovery, care, and enrichment ministries. It is founded on the belief that the church must take an active role to care for those in need of mental, emotional, and spiritual care. Through our ministries we show unconditional love for the broken, for we are all broken and in need of God’s unconditional love and redemption through Jesus Christ.
The Cove is focused on helping individuals seek Christ-centered solutions to life’s struggles through our lay counseling services. Our pastoral and lay counselors have been trained to help individuals bring help and healing through God’s truth and biblically-based counseling. Trained lay counselors facilitate counseling through a triadic approach that involves the Holy Spirit, counselee, and the counselor, towards spiritual maturity and psycho-social-emotional health.
Counseling services are provided at no cost and is available to the community.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for counseling, please call 904-287-0996 or fill out the Request Appointment online form
In order to save time during your first visit, please complete the forms located in the Client Forms section below, and bring them with you. If you have any questions please email Doug Kowieski, Director of The Cove ministry, at email@example.com.
The Cove Counseling Ministry offers Christ-centered counseling from pastoral and lay counselors who are trained and credentialed through American Association of Christian Counselors. Our focus is to provide short-term, goal-based, biblically-based counseling. Our lay counselors are held accountable and answer to the senior pastor.
Note: Lay counselors offer counseling and discipleship under the umbrella of The Cove Ministry at Fruit Cove Baptist Church. Some of our lay counselors may have professional education or experience, however while serving at The Cove, they do not offer the same professional services as they would outside of The Cove.
We are dedicated to fulfilling God’s direction to comfort those in affliction(2 Corinthains 1:3-4). It is the goal of the Cove Counseling Ministry to provide an environment for individuals to seek help with spiritual and mental health issues. You can expect that our lay counselors will help guide you through the counseling process through short-term, goal-based counseling. Our counselors are dedicated to showing you the truth of God’s word and imitate Christ’s unconditional love when helping individuals. Our goal is to speak the truth in love.
We are here to help and guide you through the issues you face. While you may find a friend in your counselor, we are here to be more than simply a sounding board. We want to help you apply God’s solutions to your problems.
We know that life often causes pain that needs to be met with a warm smile and a calming place. We believe our counseling ministry can help you or provide you with resources, no matter the issue you are facing. You will enjoy a meaningful conversation, be presented with biblical solutions and go home with clear next steps. Each subsequent session will remain focused on helping you and applying God’s solutions accurately.
If the counselor believes that he or she is unable to adequately help an individual with a severe mental health issue, the counselor will refer the individual to a licensed professional counselor who may be better able to assist the individual.
We pride ourselves on being as confidential as possible. Our counselors have all agreed to keep the utmost confidentiality when working with you by signing both The Cove confidentiality agreement and adhere to the American Association of Christian Counselors Code of Ethics
Confidentiality is an essential element of the counseling relationship. Individual’s information will be carefully guarded and kept strictly confidential unless the individual gives prior authorization to share the information. In the case of a minor, the parent can give authorization to release information. The exceptions to this would be:
It is the intention of our counselors to maintain confidentiality and seek every effort to resolve problems as privately as possible.
The Cove seeks to offer various recovery ministries to help individuals struggling with life issues. The goal of our Recovery ministry is to provide a supportive and safe environment where individuals can find healing in a group environment. Our Recovery ministry and care groups provide support in a safe environment where we address a variety of issues from addictions to grief.
Don’t go through separation or divorce alone. DivorceCare support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You will learn how to heal from the deep hurt of divorce and discover hope for your future.
For more info: email firstname.lastname@example.org
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. GriefShare support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life.
For more info email: email@example.com
Another ministry focus of The Cove is to be a resource for providing various enrichment and education initiatives for church members and the community. The Cove will offer marital, parenting, addiction, and other various topics impacting the church and the community. It is our hope that The Cove can provide Christ-centered guidance and resources to empower change through the Holy Spirit.