Counseling and Stephen Ministry

Christ United offers counseling to those who need support and guidance through two programs: Stephen Ministry and a Licensed Professional Counselor.


Counselors are licensed professionals who have received the education and training to serve others through listening, support and guidance.

Who is the Christ United’s counselor?

  • Laurie Kendig, LMSW, is a Licensed Master in Social Work and staff member at Christ United. She offers counseling to children, adolescents, teens, adults and their families under the supervision of an LCSW. Laurie has experience in working with children and adults coping with depression and anxiety disorders or just facing a tough time in their lives. In addition, she has assisted students struggling with behavior and emotional issues as well as social skills. Please contact Laurie, (972) 596-4303, ext. 224 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

When might counseling be a good idea?

Counseling can help people who are…

  • having difficulty with separation or divorce
  • feeling a loss of meaning in life
  • suffering physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse
  • experiencing loss or grief
  • suffering addictions or compulsions
  • challenged by life transitions

Counseling can help people who feel…

  • depressed or anxious
  • lonely or isolated
  • fear, anger or helplessness
  • confusion or a sense of low self-esteem

Counseling can help people having difficulty…

  • establishing and maintaining healthy relationships
  • making good life choices
  • providing appropriate parenting
  • being satisfied and productive at work or school
  • coping with life’s stresses


Stephen Ministry is a program that provides a way for congregations to provide one-on-one, confidential care to hurting people in the church and community.

Stephen Ministers care for those dealing with grief, divorce, job loss, hospitalization, financial struggles, loneliness, convalescence, chronic illness, a spiritual crisis and other life difficulties.

What are Stephen Ministers?

Stephen Ministers are laypeople trained to provide one-to-one, Christ-centered care.

Stephen Ministers are parishioners who attend 50 hours of Christian care-giving training. Each Stephen Minister is then matched with a hurting person—men are paired with men, women with women—and meets with that person weekly to listen to care for, pray with and encourage them. Caring relationships last for as long as the need persists.

In what situations do Stephen Ministers provide care?

Stephen Ministers provide care to individuals facing difficult times in life – grief, cancer, divorce, financial difficulties, hospitalization, chronic illness, job loss, disability, loneliness, a spiritual crisis or other life struggles.

For more information, please contact Mike Flynn, Care Ministry Director.