The Seventh-day Adventist Church recognizes that families are the building blocks of the community, church and society.
We believe God created families to nurture warm, meaningful and loving relationships. Within families, children develop beliefs, values and attitudes that translate into behavioural patterns and shape their future, and the future of their communities.
The greatest investment parents make is not in their mortgage. It’s in their children.
Our Family Ministries department seeks to support individuals, couples and families through Adventist Counselling Services established to offer professional help to anyone in need. A Domestic Violence Taskforce has also been estabished to combat domestic violence, and to educate and equip church leaders.
Specific areas of focus include:
- Building healthy relationships
- Improving communication skills
- Learning to resolve conflict
- Deepening emotional connectedness
- Helping couples who feel ‘trapped’ and unsure of what to do
- Healing uncommunicative and dysfunctional families
- Understanding different temperaments
- Crisis management
Pre-marriage education and counselling
Through Adventist Counselling Services, we provide education and pre-marital counselling to newly engaged couples, with a focus on:
- Learning communication and conflict resolution skills
- Understanding family impact
- Understanding difference
- Goal setting
- Developing emotional connectedness
Our services also cater to individuals embarking on career change or unsure of which career to take. We provide:
- Discovery of strengths and competency levels
- Help in establishing direction
Adolescents and Teens
The modern digital environment can be challenging for adolescents, and parents. Mental health issues are increasing among children and teenagers, and we aim to foster healthy self-esteem and coping mechanisms within a Christian framework. In particular, we strive to help adolescents by:
- Encouraging healthy self-esteem
- Providing coping strategies for anxiety and depression
- Teaching them how handle anger and control behaviour
- Helping them to cope with grief and loss, and understand the stages of grief
- Equipping them with coping skills for life’s transitions
A team of counsellorsprovide help for both primary and secondary students, and also their parents where necessary.