|The Ministry Assistance Program
is a joint ministry of the Christian Church in Georgia (Disciples of
Christ) and the Pastoral Institute that provides counseling services and
clergy crisis intervention for ministers and their families. It is
designed to help you be a better prepared for the challenges and demands
of ministry and daily living.
"Bear one another's
burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ"
How does MAP work?
Any minister or pastoral family member in the Christian
Church in Georgia may receive up to six individual counseling sessions or
12 family sessions at the Pastoral Institute at no charge. You
simply call the Clergy Center at 800-649-6446 and set up an
appointment. Confidentiality is assured.
Members may also attend, at no cost, any workshop or
seminar sponsored by the Pastoral Institute. Workshops count as one
Remember, the Ministry Assistance Program is:
Confidential - Your
confidentiality is carefully guarded.
Professional - The
Pastoral Institute's clinical staff includes pastoral counselors, psychologists,
social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors.
Available - Office
hours are 8:a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on
Friday. Appointments may be arranged at your convenience.
Emergency on-call access is available 24 hours every day. Our Clergy
in Crisis number is 1-800-649-6446.
Affordable - The
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Georgia provides this ministry
at no cost to you and your family.
The Pastoral Institute offers:
- Individual, couple, family counseling
- Group counseling
- Child and adolescent counseling
- Substance abuse counseling
- Financial counseling
- Career counseling
Life Enrichment Workshops
- Marriage and family enrichment
- Money management
- Caring for aging parents
- Stress management
- Divorce recovery
- Abuse recovery
- Other topics available
(Doesn't count against MAP benifits)
- Divorce Recovery
- Trauma Survivors Anonymous
- Overeaters Anonymous
- Codependents Anonymous
- Lupus Support Group
- Compassionate Friends
- Gamblers Anonymous
- Grief Recovery
- Survivors of Suicide
May We Help?
"That's not what the minister told me. . .
"He's too demanding. . ."
"She's never in her office. . ."
"Sometimes I can hardly get up in the morning. .
"I can't seem to get away from death and pain. . ."
"Sometimes I feel like the church expects me to
live like royalty while paying me like a pauper. . ."
"Sometimes I feel like an absentee parent living
in a glass house. . ."
Sound familiar? We all experience difficulties in
ministry occasionally and we all like to think we can solve our own
problems. But sometimes we simply can't. Sometimes we need
help. Maybe we're too close to the situation or too afraid or angry
or depressed. Maybe we've fought the same battle so many times,
we've lost perspective. Maybe we've stopped caring or maybe we care
If you or your family need help coping with the problems
in life and ministry, you have a resource available through the Ministry
Assistance Program (MAP) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in
Georgia and the Pastoral Institute.
For Appointments or information you may call the Regional
Minister at 478-743-8649 for a referral or you may call the Clergy
Resource Center of the Pastoral Institute at 1-800-649-6446.
2022 Fifteenth Avenue
Columbus, Georgia, 31901
(See Map Below)