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Immanuel Lutheran church


Immanuel Lutheran church

Pastoral counseling & Spiritual direction

Pastoral Counseling & Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction and pastoral counseling are different ways to meet people where they are at, discern their deepest need and help find a way forward.


Spiritual direction is a way of helping someone who is yearning for a deeper relationship with God or who is at a crossroads in life.  Sometimes, direction involves embracing a structured routine of prayer and reading the Bible.  To help with this, we offer the Spiritual Exercises  individually and as a small group.  We also draw on resources from Renovaré.  At other times, spiritual direction involves meeting regularly with a pastor to focus on a particular question or struggle.


Pastoral counseling is a way of helping someone who is experiencing a particular challenge or crisis.  This help might consist of joining a support group, participating in pastoral counseling and/or seeking licensed, clinical care.  We will work with you to help you discern your needs and create a path toward healing and wholeness. 

    Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry provides a listening ear and a caring relationship for people experiencing a life crisis or challenge, such as:

  • Divorce
  • Death of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Terminal illness
  • Loneliness
  • Relocation
  • Unemployment
  • Retirement
  • Empty nest
  • Other life transitions




Stephen Ministers are trained lay ministers who walk alongside people experiencing a challenge in life.  Meeting weekly with someone in need, they provide a listening ear and a caring relationship.  While not counselors, Stephen Ministers offer a unique and vital ministry of spiritual companionship.

If you feel like Stephen ministry may help you with a current life situation, Please contact Pastor Steve Driver at 219.462.8207 ext. 218 or at

    LOVE & Logic

Love and Logic is a six-week program that helps to equip parents with the character, compassion and problem-solving skills necessary for creating strong and loving families.  Supper and child care are provided so that parents can easily attend the presentations and discussions.  We offer Love and Logic each fall in cooperation with area public schools and with Our Greater Good in order to provide a foundation for healthy families at Immanuel and in the broader Valparaiso community.




If you are interested in attending the LOVE & LOGIC program, please contact Pastor Steve Driver at 219.462.8207 ext. 218 or at

    grief share

GriefShare is a support group for those who are grieving the death of a family member or friend.  In the fall, we offer Surviving the Holidays, a one-evening presentation and discussion of how to prepare for the holiday season.  After the holidays, we offer a thirteen-week support group led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help.




If you are interested in attending Grief Share, please contact Pastor Steve Driver at 219.462.8207 ext. 218 or at


All three of Immanuel’s pastors are trained in the Prepare/Enrich approach to pre-marital counseling.  Additionally, Pr. Driver offers pre-marital counseling to couples who are not getting married at Immanuel and uses the principles of Prepare/Enrich to shape marriage counseling.




If you are interested in pre-marital counseling, please contact Pastor Steve Driver at 219.462.8207 ext. 218 or at


Pr. Driver is part of IN-CIRT (Indiana District Critical Incident Response Team), a group of pastors and lay leaders in the Indiana District trained to help people in the immediate aftermath of a crisis.  Trained by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, IN-CIRT can provide a team of pastors and counselors within 24 hours of a major traumatic event.  The team sometimes works in conjunction with the Comfort Dog ministry.




Please contact Pastor Steve Driver at 219.462.8207 ext. 218 or at for more information on IN-CIRT

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At Immanuel, we believe that you can be transformed by experiencing life with God in Christ. Our mission is to equip people for this kind of transformation by connecting people with Christ in a life of worship, learning, and service, whether you are exploring Christianity for the first time or grew up attending church.