Being deeply aware of the vital importance of the mental and spiritual health of ministers and their families, the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board provides cost-share counseling to ministers and their immediate families (spouse and dependent children up to age 25). Our Pastor/Leadership Development Department pays fifty dollars ($50.00) per session for up to twelve visits to a counselor. For our department to provide additional visits, the counselor needs to contact the director to get approval.
To receive counseling, the minister can call our office to obtain approval and for a list of approved counselors in our state. Once approved, the minister then contacts the counselor to arrange the visits. The counselor is required to submit a monthly bill to our department listing the name and dates that counseling was provided.
Ministers can also use a licensed counselor of their choice, but the counselor must first be approved by our department. We request that the counselor call our office to begin the process of approval, providing biographical and professional certification materials.
- Elizabeth Lindigrin, Ministry Assistant