The main mission of Wesley Chapel is to help people restore their lives.
“Recovery is beautiful,” Rev. Joe Stafford said. “(We want to) help people recognize recovery is important.”
Stafford said church is the best place for people who are hurting.
“Our style of ministry has a very healing tone here,” Stafford said. “We’ve had people come here hurting and get healed.”
Along with being the church pastor, Stafford is a licensed counselor and a mental health trainer.
“We have a very strong counseling ministry,” he said.
For eight years, Stafford has been training people in the congregation who are interested in helping others deal with life struggles through the Restore program.
“(We) walk through the difficult times of life with people who are hurting.” Stafford said. “We get referrals all the time from churches and doctors. The majority of people who come here are going through rough stuff. We are trying to encourage (other) churches to be more vigilant in their ministry to (people who need recovered).”
The church offers a marriage retreat which has been in operation for about five years.
“The marriage retreat is something the congregation looks forward to in March.” Stafford said. “It’s designed to strengthen the relationships with married couples. We try to make it fun and encouraging instead of ripping them apart.”
On Sept. 12, Wesley Church will host a Mental Health First Aid training course that is open to the community.
“It’s a great program,” Wesley Chapel Administrator Kristi Lawson said. “If we all have different gifts and strengths, we can use them to help reach out into the community.”
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