The River Valley Counseling & Support  Ministry exists to glorify God by teaching GOD’S people the tools needed to: teach others to walk with God; to bring deep restoration to the broken-hearted; to receive and impart God’s intimate counsel; and to battle the spiritual darkness that holds people captive and prevents their complete freedom in Christ.
 

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” ~ Galatians 5:1

 
 
 
 

One-to-One Lay Counseling Ministry

The One-to-One Lay Counseling Ministry provides a Biblical perspective from trained lay-people to support and extend care to those in need. 

A One-to-One Lay Counselor is…
  • A maturing Christian who walks beside a person who is hurting.
  • A lay-person who has received certification through the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), plus many hours of continuous training.
  • A person with a heart to care for, and provide emotional and spiritual support for those experiencing life’s difficulties.
  • A caring Christian who listens and cares, listens and prays, listens and supports, and listens.
  • Encourages someone who will “be there” for those in need, meeting faithfully, one-to-one, for about an hour each week for as long as there is a need in the care-receiver’s life.

We are here to help with Pastoral & Professional Counseling: 

  • Pastoral Staff
  • Florence Nikas 
  • Carl Reimer
  • Dusti Stark

Contact us

 

Additional Support Ministries

Anna Ministry

This ministry provides a support group for women who have become widows during the past 5 years. They meet on the 4th Wednesday of every month (with the exception of June-August) to share a potluck lunch or eat at a local restaurant. Comfort, hope, fellowship, and encouragement are offered to all that attend. Contact Norene at 541-476-1120 with any questions.

Break Through 

We excuse people again and again, then kick ourselves for not setting better boundaries. In this class you are given life-changing tools and insightful illustrations from leading Christian counselor, Tim Clinton and noted counselor and author, Pat Springle. They guide you in not only breaking through to better relationships, but making big life changes for the better.

Celebrate Recovery

The purpose of Celebrate Recovery is to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 12 Steps and their Biblical comparisons and “8 Recovery Principles.” By working and applying these Steps and Biblical Principles, we begin to grow spiritually, emotionally

Celebrate Recoveryand socially mature. We become free from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors.
This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with others and God. As we progress through the program we discover our personal, loving and forgiving Higher Power—Jesus Christ, the only true Higher Power.

Celebrate Recovery is not just for those struggling with drugs or alcohol, but for anyone who is struggling any number of hurts, habits or hang-ups. These are those areas that we come to realize are causing our lives to become chaotic and/or unmanageable. It’s been said, “Pain is inevitable, but suffering is an option. “Many times people are afraid to engage in honest community because the don’t think of themselves as “One of those people…” The fact is we’re all one of those people. We all experience times in our lives where we get stuck.

If you recognize that your hurts, habits or hang-ups are blocking you from peace and freedom in your life, you will find Celebrate Recovery an awesome place in an honest and authentic community of people who are struggling to begin your recovery journey. Read more on the

Celebrate Recovery website. Come join us every Thursday for an informal cup of coffee, and stay for the Celebration Services. Childcare is available. Located at Parkway Christian Center.

Financial Peace University

This life-changing class taught by Dave Ramsey and the FPU teaching team on video, and coordinated by Michelle Rutherford at River Valley,

Financial Peace University

will help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before. You will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for your money and change your family tree forever. What’s Included:
  • Membership for you and your spouse
  • Access to the online resources and tools
  • A copy of Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money book
  • FPU Class workbook
  • FPU Envelope System
  • FPU Progress Chart

And more…

One membership with materials can be used by you and your spouse. Your Financial Peace University membership entitles you to visit any Financial Peace University class again in the future! What You Will Learn: in 9 action-packed lessons, you’ll learn how to beat debt, build wealth, invest for the future, give like never before, and much more!

Journey for Women and Journey for Men 

If abortion is a part of your past, even if it has been years, you may still struggle with guilt and remorse. If this describes you, you need to know that you are not alone and that there is help. For more information contact the Pregnancy Care Center at 541-479-6264.
In the Wildflowers (Women), Into the Light (Men)
Sexual abuse is an attack on the soul. One in three girls and one in five boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18. This ministry provides the opportunity of healing for the heart and soul of these survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Our goal is to provide confidential support for men and women on the path towards healing.

Lifeline

Since the first meeting of the early church detailed in the book of Acts, God has instructed believers to use the resources He has given them to help the needy. We fulfill this scriptural mandate by offering prayer, counsel, and temporary financial assistance to individuals and families during a time of need. Examples of the types of help provided include grocery coupons, bus passes, and marriage and financial counseling. For more information call the Lifeline Ministry at 541-476-7761, ext. 106.

  • Hours of operation: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9am to 2pm.

The Gift in You 

If you have taken Who Switched Off My Brain, you may want to take this class. Dr. Caroline Leaf illustrates the revolutionary link between brain science and God’s purpose for each one of us. This class will help you discover your special gift and identify your truth-value.

Untangling Relationships: A Christian Perspective on Co-Dependency

This 12-week class will help identify and change lifelong patterns of thinking, feeling and acting. Many people find themselves in physically or psychologically abusive relationships. They try hard to please, rescue and serve others, but the harder they try the less peace of mind, intimacy and joy they receive for their efforts. This study teaches the three-part process: identify, detach, and decide to bring real change to your life. Christ came to set us free from the bondage of sin and death and Untangling Relationships is designed to bring life change through the works of the Holy Spirit.

Who Switched Off My Brain

“I know that’s what I want to do, but how do I do that?!”. You can learn how in the following classes:

  • Class One – Your Amazing Brain
  • Class Two – How Do We Think? How Does Thinking Become Toxic?
  • Class Three – Stress!!! 
  • Class Four – Detoxing Your Thought Life
  • Class Five – The Differences Between the Male and Female Brain 
  • Class Six – Does Anyone Out There Understand Me?
 
For more information on any of these, when the classes will be offered, or other counseling needs contact us.
Before any counseling you will need to complete an Information Form (.pdf). Print the form, complete it, and bring it with you to your first session.