Care Center FAQs

Question #1: What is the Biblical basis for our Congregational Care Team?

Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

In Galatians 6:2, the Apostle Paul instructs new Christians to carry the burdens of others.  At the Care Center, we embrace this teaching and strive to create a safe place for our community to receive care and support during difficult times.

Question #2: Is the Congregational Care Team trained to provide care?

Each member of the Congregational Care Team has been trained in Pastoral Care as well as Temperament Therapy.  

Counselors providing individual and family pastoral counseling have completed advanced degrees in Christian Counseling, Pastoral Counseling, or Social Work.  

Our Support Group Leaders do not typically hold advanced degrees but work closely with Congregational Care Counselors to provide excellent care. 

Question #3: Why are the Congregational Care offices located in a separate building?

Our experience has shown that having a separate building provides an enhanced experience to individuals, families and couples seeking care. At the Care Center, we have space designated for individuals, families, and support groups to meet comfortably. Having a separate location also provides an atmosphere of confidentiality.

Question #4: Who is eligible for services through Congregational Care?

The Congregational Care Team focuses on individuals, couples, and families who consider Chesapeake Church to be their home church.  

While we reserve individual and family counseling appointments for members of the Chesapeake Community, our Support Groups are open to anyone in the Southern Maryland region who would like to attend.

Question #5: Is there a fee provided for services through Congregational Care?

There is no fee for individual counseling services or support group participation.  However, there may be fees for curriculum or assessments used during individual sessions and support groups. 

The fee to participate in the Couples Mentoring or Parenting Partners ministry is $115.  Scholarships are available for those who are unable to cover the fee on their own.

Question #6: Are appointments required for individual and family counseling services?

Requesting individual and family counseling services by phone or email ahead of time ensures counselor availability. However, should you experience an immediate need, you are welcome to come to the Care Center without a pre-scheduled appointment.  We will do our best to serve you as soon as possible.

Question #7: Can I choose a counselor to provide my individual or family counseling services?

The Congregational Care Staff will always try to accommodate counselor requests. However, counselor assignments are made with consideration to counselor availability and specialized training.

Question #8: I am interested in being a part of the Congregational Care Team. What should I do next?

A great place to start is with our Spiritual Gifts Survey.  Once you have completed the survey, please contact Mary LaBorie by email: or telephone: 410-257-3431 to discuss specific opportunities and associated training requirements and commitment. We look forward to hearing from you!