Because we live in a broken world, at some point we all experience pain and suffering. In these moments, we are more open to hearing from God. As C.S. Lewis has written, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” Serge missionaries who are trained as Christian counselors recognize that God calls us to serve from a place of neediness and brokenness. Through that posture of humility, we seek to meet hurting people in their pain and provide a glimpse of the hope found in the gospel.
Serving the Church and the Community
Serge counselors regularly have opportunities to meet with members of local churches as well as others who are not yet Christians. People with no faith to speak of may seek out counseling for a range of personal hardships – from anxiety and depression to serious illness or the loss of the loved one. In many cases, these kinds of suffering lead to deeper conversations about Jesus, the Bible, and Christianity. Counselors also meet with believers – including other missionaries as well as local church leaders – encouraging them in their struggles, providing biblical principles and strategies, and walking with them in the ongoing process of discipleship.
Types of counseling include:
How the Work Gets Done
We work in teams: Serge prioritizes sending workers as teams. Teams provide workers with a community of shared experience, corporate prayer and worship, and the strength of working cross-culturally together.
Transparent discipleship: We place a great importance on real and transparent discipleship. Our staff share their own lives and struggles with others. Because we’re honest about our faults, those we counsel and disciple are free to be honest about their struggles as well. This makes room for an open dialogue where the Holy Spirit and Scripture can inform lives and help us live out our union with God.
We want your ministry to be sustainable: Serge counseling staff continually serve in the face of real need. We recognize the danger of burnout, so we work to provide our staff with emotional, mental, and spiritual encouragement, guidance, and respite. We want our staff to find an identity as a son or daughter of God first and as a counselor second.
We are rooted in the gospel: Serge takes a gospel-based approach in all ministry. We are missional, grace-centered, and kingdom-minded. This framework is a guiding light for our counselors, who seek to serve believers and unbelievers alike with the hope of the gospel. This also ensures that we work with the intention of growing God’s kingdom and sharing His glory.