The Center for Congregations is a unique project dedicated to helping Indiana congregations find solutions to their pressing practical problems by connecting them with excellent local and national resources. On our site you’ll find information about our services to Indiana congregations and a wealth of downloadable resources for congregations of all sizes and geographic locations. www.centerforcongregations.org
The City Gallery is Indy’s urban living center designed to connect people to culture, community, and place to strengthen core neighborhoods. City Gallery staff can help congregation members find market rate and affordable housing in urban neighborhoods, as well as connect them to schools and places of service. Special emphasis is on the grant money and incentives available in 2012 and 2013. The City Gallery is also an exhibit space featuring art that celebrates these urban neighborhoods and creates a sense of place. Other activities include programs for learning more about urban living, neighborhood history, homeownership training, and credit counseling. www.citygalleryindy.org . Contact for more information.
Biblical Counseling Center of Central Indiana
Counselors at BCCCI seek to help people apply the truths of the Christian scriptures to their struggles and problems. We believe the Gospel is central to biblical counseling. As people come to understand and live out the truth of the Gospel, they are able to untangle their issues and live in the power and freedom it promises. We counsel non-Christians or those unsure of their faith as well.
Who Can Biblical Counseling Help?
- We help couples learn to live redemptively by addressing the contempt that destroys so many marriages.
- We help parents bring together their diverse gifts and perspectives, enabling them to work together, peacefully, as they raise their children in a unified household with clear leadership.
- We help teens who are often confused by what is happening in Church, at home and school, and with their friends, to see how the story of their lives connects with the story of the Gospel.
- We help believers grasp a vision of the Gospel that moves them from living between their wants and should’s, and into a redemptive way of life.
Common Problems and Issues Biblical Counseling Can Help With
- Individuals – depression, anxiety/panic, adjustment issues, emotional disorders, substance abuse, grief, job stress, spiritual issues, vocational/job search, relationship and family of origin issues
- Women – abuse and trauma recovery, eating disorders, depression, phase of life, sexuality, abortion recovery
- Men – anger management, sexual addiction, sexual identity issues, accountability issues
- Couples – marriage counseling, premarital counseling, separation, and divorce recovery
- Children/Teens – behavior problems, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, trauma from abuse or loss, self-injury
- Families – family therapy, blended families, adoption, parenting issues, sibling issues
Carol A Mott
Marriage & Family Therapist working at Heartland Clinic in Lafayette, IN
- Couples and families as well as young adults, adolescents, children
- Infidelity, sexual trauma, eating issues, anxiety, mood disorders, post partum, women’s issues
- Experienced in integrating Christian values into counseling
Partnering with Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis
Within the church, counseling is a confidential dimension of the gospel mission, a front line battle zone in God’s mission for the lives of his children and those he is calling to himself. Within the safety and trust of the counseling room, people are able to share and confront their sufferings, their secrets— any area that burdens them. Counseling is for the privileged and the underprivileged. It is for people, marriages, or families that are in crisis mode, or in a transition of some kind. Counseling is also for those who desire a better understanding of themselves and their stories, in order to live more fully a God-glorifying life. Often those who choose counseling are those who are healthy enough to recognize their need for it. Whether a counselee is struggling with trauma, grief, loss, divorce, anxiety, addictions, depression, relational difficulties, familial wounds…counseling is a ministry of mercy and truth—from the Lord and his people in the face of life’s trials.
M.A. Org. Leadership, Indianapolis, IN
Marcia is a personal and professional life coach and business consultant who has been helping individuals and organizations for over 15 years. As a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, she has also worked with Rev. Jason Dorsey in his Identity Mapping program.
Strategic Life Planning
Leadership/ Servant Leadership and Professional Development
Leadership, Servant-Leadership and Professional Development
Marcia is certified in Servant-Leadership and is certified to build a coaching program in your organization or congregation.
Indianapolis Theological Seminary began offering classes for the first time in the fall of 2016 that will accumulate in an M.A. degree. Students can also supplement that curriculum with Biblical Languages and additional internships to earn an M.Div.
The unique component about ITS is that approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of the courses will be offered in local church contexts (internships, apprenticeships, etc.) while the rest will be taught in classroom settings. Thus, ITS has the vision of wedding robust graduate-level academic instruction with real ministerial experience right here in Indianapolis.
Shepherd Community Center: Shepherd Community is a faith-based, inner-city ministry that has operated on the near Eastside of Indianapolis since 1985. It was officially organized as Central Nazarene Mission, and was renamed Shepherd Community Center in 1988. Shepherd Community Center works with neighborhood youth and their families “to break the cycle of poverty on the near eastside of Indianapolis by engaging and empowering the community to cultivate healthy children, strong families, and vibrant neighborhoods through a Christ-centered approach that meets the spiritual, physical, emotional, and academic needs of our neighbors.” www.shepherdcommunity.org
The Oaks Academy: The Oaks Academy is a Christ-centered school that exists to provide a rich, classical education to children of diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, preparing them to succeed in a rigorous secondary educational program and to demonstrate spiritual, social and emotional maturity. The Oaks Academy began as a response to the academic needs of a desperate neighborhood. Now into our second decade, The Oaks remains true to our mission and celebrates the evidence that students and families are thriving in our midst. We have established a strong neighborhood school in an urban setting that also appeals to those from other areas of town who desire a unique experience for their children. From the beginning we have championed a student population that is 50% low income/poverty level; 25% middle income; and 25% upper income. In this way we have been able to bring people together, increase graduation rates, and — we believe — bring social change to our city. Contact: Andrew Hart,
Ministry, Justice and Mercy Consulting
Members of our churches who have experiences/gifts/skills in particular areas of ministry, leadership and would be willing to share those things with your leaders and/or congregation:
Tim Streett: Consulting and teaching in the areas of racial reconciliation, urban ministry and forgiveness:
See the Parakaleo main page at: www.centralindianapresbytery.org/parakaleo
Parakaleo exists to strengthen the gospel spreading impact of church planting by coming alongside church planting movements and church planting couples. Through coaching, connecting, caring and celebrating we facilitate training, encouragement and care of church planters and their spouses. To learn more see www.parakaleo.us.
Reformed University Fellowship is the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), with chapters on over 130 campuses. RUF at Purdue began in the fall of 2009. RUF at Indiana University began in 2012.
Though RUF is Presbyterian in affiliation, we welcome students from all walks of life, both the “convinced” and the “unconvinced.” Regardless of your beliefs or doubts, RUF is a place for you to explore Christianity and grow in your understanding of who Jesus is and what it means to follow him in community with others at Purdue.
Reformed University Fellowship–Purdue University
Minister: Curtis McDaniel
Mailing Address: 8 North 3rd Street, Suite 202, Lafayette, In 47901
Reformed University Fellowship–Indiana University
Minister: Brad Tubesing
Mailing Address: 3512 S Bainbridge Dr. Bloomington, IN 47401