The Cove

at Fruit Cove

Ministry Purpose

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

Galatians 6:2

The Cove at Fruit Cove Baptist Church is a ministry center that provides recovery, care, and enrichment ministries. It was established to fulfill Pauls’ encouragement in Galatians 6:2. It is founded on the belief that the church must take an active role to care for those in need of spiritual and mental soul care and healing, who feel isolated, rejected, shunned, confused, and unloved. By imitating Christ 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 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.


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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.

Registration requested

Activities for children, preschoolers and youth provided through our regularly scheduled Wednesday night activities.


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.

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May begin back in September on
Wednesdays @ 6pm Building 3



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.


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Marriage Mentoring

What is Marriage Mentoring?
It’s the process of having a seasoned and experienced couple (nobody said anything about being “perfect”) come alongside a less experienced couple to help show them the way.

Why Marriage Mentoring?
Because it works! 82% of couples report wanting to have a mentor couple walk with them. Second, research shows that couples who have marriage mentors are happier and healthier. Enough said.

Other Programs coming later


Check back for more information

  • Re/engage marriage study
  • Art of Parenting
  • Strengthening Christian Families Program
  • The New Drug - Pornogrpahy
  • Suicide Awareness and Prevention
  • Opioid Epidemic
  • Crisis Response Training
  • Marriage Mentoring



The Cove is focused on helping individuals seek Christ-centered solutions to life’s struggles through care, recovery, and enrichment in a safe and caring environment. Our volunteer lay leaders and counselors have been trained to help individuals bring help and healing through God’s truth and biblically-based counseling and ministries. 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
Lay Counseling Ministry Model

The Cove offers Christ-centered counseling from 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. The counseling is provided free. We are dedicated to fulfilling God's direction to “bear one another’s burdens,...." (Galatians 6:2). Our lay counselors are held accountable and answer to the senior pastor.

The Counselors:

Our counselors are or seeking credentialing through the American Association of Christian Counselors. Lay counselors offer counseling and discipleship under the umbrella of The Cove and 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.

Goal of Counseling

It is the goal of our lay counseling ministry to provide a safe environment for individuals to seek help with spiritual and mental health issues. You can expect that our lay counselors will help and guide you through the counseling process through short-term, goal-based counseling. Our counseling paradigm is based on a triadic approach involving the Holy Spirit, counselor, and counselee to seek resolution or healing. 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.

Expectation of Counseling

Upon arrival at The Cove you will be welcomed into a caring and safe environment. We have created a facility that is warm and inviting to help you feel cared for and safe. We know that life often causes pain that needs to be met with a warm smile and a calming place. We believe our center provides an inviting space to hear the truth and find the help you are looking for; no matter the issue you are facing. Upon arriving to meet with your counselor for the first time, you will be greeted at our center and welcomed into one of our secure and sound-proof rooms with the counselor and at times, a counseling associate. 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:

  • If a person discloses intent to harm himself/herself or someone else.
  • If a sexual advance is made or the counselee asks the counselor to violate any element of the American Association of Christian Counselors Code of Ethics.
  • If information is disclosed to the counselor that there is evidence or reasonable suspicion of abuse against a minor child, elder person, or dependent adult.
  • If a subpoena or other court order is received directing the disclosure of information.
  • If you are consulting with the director of The Cove or other Cove lay counselors.

It is the intention of our counselors to maintain confidentiality and seek every effort to resolve problems as privately as possible.

Ministry Leadership

Doug Kowieski, Director of The Cove


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